We only just got in Chiaramonte for the festival of the Dhow. The precious tree that throughout history we have seen attributed magical powers like that of abode of the fairies, is at least for a day due respect.
Not everyone knows, in fact, that this plant found throughout Europe is an immense treasure in the open. Here in Chiaramonte will guard instead all the secrets.
The leaves and bark are widely used in the preparation of medicines, while its flowers can be used to prepare pancakes, cakes and syrups. Its berries during ripening you can get the most delightful wine Elder or use them in the preparation of jams and jellies. All specialties you can enjoy wandering through the stands at the festival, where you can find among the thousands of food and wine also those of handicrafts, musical instruments and old games, all made of precious wood.
Legend has it that during the thirteenth century , St. Anthony stood in Rotonda near the woods of Pollino, where he spent the night to rest in the shade of a fir in the locality Marolo .
Following the stories of tradition, in the same place several years later, a cattleman crashed into a ravine was saved by the Holy .
Since then, through a rite of a unique magic , we celebrate the patron saint with a celebration of the sacred and profane recounts this event .
Two groups of faithful climb in the mountains, a group will cut the Pitu , a beech tree over 20 feet tall, while the second group size in Rocca size of a fir tree about 10 meters.
Cut their trees the two groups, only with the help of cattle dressed up to the nines , leading to fatigue the two trees toward the center of the Rotunda, on a journey that lasts six days, punctuated by prayers , songs, dances and banquets rifocillanti .
The ancient ritual culminates with the of the two trees that will be hoisted by hand in the square outside the municipality .
Events, festivals and events in BASILICATA near MOLITERNO Sarconi Grumento Nova San Chirico Raparo:
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Basilicata is embedded between Calabria and Apulia , in the south of Italy. One does not stumble across this region accidentally but chooses to visit it if in search of a new experience, plunging into places where silence, colours, scents and flavours remove the visitor from the frenzy and stress of modern life, offering unique sensations.
The woods and forests that cover the mountains are dotted with small and charming villages, some even at an altitude of 1000 mt, where pure air, genuine flavours and the beauties of nature are combined with historical vestiges satisfying any wish.
Beautiful, yet not very explored, is the area of the Monticchio Lakes, one of the most spectacular locations in Basilicata. Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo, are two splendid stretches of water that fill the two craters of Mount Vulture, now extinct, and are surrounded by thick and lush vegetation.
Even though it is a mainly internal region, Basilicata is on two seas: the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea. The Ionic coast, with the two famous sea resorts of Metaponto and Policoro, offers wide beaches, either sandy or pebbly, partially surrounded by pinewoods and rows of eucalyptus that give off a lovely scent.
The Gulf of Policastro, on the Tyrrhenian side, has higher and more indented coasts, where steep promontories alternate with small beaches, washed by a crystal-clear sea.
The provinces of the region are Potenza (regional capital) and Matera.
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