MORANO CALABRO

The ancient Medieval village of Morano Calabro, is situated in a central position in respect of the two coasts of Calabria, on the edges of the Pollino National Park.

History

The centre appeared in the Lapis Pollae, an important memorial tablet bearing an inscription along Via Popilia (159 BC), which linked Capua to Reggio Calabria, by the name of Muranum. It seems that in this Imperial era, a Roman fort was built and encompassed in the Castle.

During the IV century AD, in the late Imperial era, the centre was noted as Summuranum in the Antonino Itinerary, a list of rest stations of the Roman Empire.

As with other localities of the peninsular, historical tracks have been lost until 1076 when the inhabitants managed to repulse Saracen raids.

The Castle was built during the Norman-Swabian era on the ancient ruins of the Roman fort. The fief, which passed under Angioinian rule (1269), was fief over the centuries of the following families: Apollonio Morano, Fasanella, Antonello di Fuscaldo, Sanseverino di Bisignano (XIV century) and the Spinelli (1614), who ruled it until the end of feudalism (1806).

In 1863, by decree of King Vittorio Emanuele II, Morano assumed the name of Calabro to distinguish it from Morano sul Po.

In 2003 Morano Calabro was awarded the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag), an acknowledgement given by the Italian Touring Club to all small municipalities of the Italian hinterlands, that highlight development of quality tourism.

A visit to the City

Morano Calabro was inserted in the list of the most beautiful districts of Italy. Its central characteristic, made up of closely built houses, arches, buildings, alleyways and ascending walkways leading to the Castle, immediately capture the visitors’ heart.

Morano Calabro churches are also its treasures, beginning with the San Bernardino da Siena (1452), a building in late-Gothic style with a façade and porch with four arches. The church is situated in the lower part of Morano Calabro and preserves an altar, a polyptych by Bartolomeo Vivarini (1477) in its interior.

Not too distant from here is where one will come across the Collegiate of Maddalena, a great Baroque building with a Neo-Classic façade rich with works of art in its interior.

Heading upwards in the city, one will come across the San Nicola Church with its beautiful portal and ascending even higher, the Castle remains, of Norman foundation, in a dominant position. From here, one can enjoy an incredible panoramic view.
Nearby lies the Collegiate of SS. Pietro and Paolo, the oldest church in Morano Calabro (XI century), containing a noteworthy Rococo chorus in its interior and a statue by Pietro Bernini, Gian Lorenzo’s father, on the altar.

Place of interest

- Resti del Castello Normanno-Svevo
- Chiesa e Monastero di San Bernardino da Siena (1452)
- Chiesa dei S.S. Pietro e Paolo (XI sec.)
- Collegiata di S. Maria Maddalena
- Chiesa di S. Nicola di Bari
- Convento dei Cappuccini (1590-1606)
- Chiesa del Carmine ('500)
- Chiesa del Purgatorio
- Fontana di Piazza San Nicola (1590)
- Palazzo Guaragna-Cappelli
- Palazzo Coscia
- Palazzo Rocco
- Palazzo Salmena
- Palazzo Serranù
- Palazzo Scorza-Aronne
- Palazzo Cozza
- Palazzo dei Cavalieri Marzano
- Palazzo Lauria
- Ruderi del Monastero di Colloreto (1545)
- Visita di Castrovillari
- Parco Nazionale del Pollino

Museums

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Events

- Festa della Bandiera in giugno

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