Morigerati is one of those ideal places where to spend relaxing weekend or short holidays surrounded by nature, history and excellent gastronomy, still conserving the original medieval architecture setup.
Built on a rocky hilltop, in a strategic defensive location, the inhabitated area is developed in terrace-like lands, closed in circles around the core of the village, which is the ancient Church of St.Demetrio and the Baronial Palace.
Thanks to its historical, cultural and environmental heritage, and its excellent touristic offer, Morigerati has been awarded the “orange flag” by the Italian Touring Club, given to all small towns characterized by great nature, charming atmospheres, and a slow and sustainable tourism.
The WWF Oasi, created in 1985, is 607hc large and is in the list of the Geo-Parks of the World, thanks to its important underground river. River Bussento, originating on Mount Cervati (approx. 30km from Morigerati), goes underground shortly after its springs to re-appear under the hill where Morigerati was built, and from there proceeding towards the sea.
The riverbed is the natural habitat of typical and rare flora and fauna, like the river-shrimps and otters.
TO VISIT: River Bussento: oasi of freshness and crystal-clear waters where eels, trouts and otters can be found. The ancient forge, legacy of an industrial era of the village, and source of survival for its population and immigrants from other regions as well.
Sicili is only 2km far from its administrative center, 205mt on sea level
Monuments and Visit-worth locations
Nato nel 1976 come Silvo – Pastorale della civiltà contadina, ad opera delle sorelle Clorinda e Modestina Florenzano, il Museo etnografico ha sede in via Granatelli, all’interno di un pregevole edificio storico, ristrutturato nell’ultimo decennio, il Convento di Sant’Anna. Raccoglie utensili e manufatti connessi al lavoro artigianale e rurale. Negli anni Sessanta, Clorinda e Modestina Florenzano iniziarono la raccolta dei primi oggetti di uso comune, con una particolare attenzione agli utensili di lavoro ed ai manufatti tessili. Furono così salvati dall’incuria del tempo e dall’oblio storico, migliaia di oggetti, che oggi rendono il museo uno dei più ricchi del territorio. Una collezione che conserva testimonianze e ricordi, immagini fotografiche, registrazioni sonore e video di attività artigiane e feste locali. Ospita una importante sezione dedicata alla cereria di Morigerati, che produceva in passato oggetti di devozioni ed ex voto. Il Museo di Morigerati è lo specchio storico di una realtà in continuo mutamento in cui la didattica per le scuole, l’informazione e l’accoglienza dei visitatori rappresentano gli obiettivi fondamentali. Dal 1994 è diventato proprietà del comune di Morigerati e nel 2008 è stato riconosciuto museo di interesse regionale dalla Regione Campania. E’ diretto dall’antropologo Luciano Blasco.
Opened in 1976 by the sister Florenzano, Clorinda and Modestina, the Etnographic Museum is located in Granatelli St., in a historical building, recently restored, once known as the Convent of St.Anne.
It displays hundreds of tools and objects linked to the rural and handycraftsmanship of the past; in the 60’s, Florenzano sisters started collecting all the (once) commonly used tools, which were then saved by the oblivion of time, memory and tecnology, and make of this museum one of the richest of the area in terms of collection and displayed items.
The museum also hosts a collection of audio, video and photographic memories of handycrafts methods as well as local celebrations, both civil and religious, plus a section dedicated to the “Wax-making” factory once present in Morigerati, producing objects and candles for votive purposes.
The Etnographic Museum of Morigerati is the historical mirror of a reality in , development, for which the teaching, information and welcoming of the guests are the basic targets.
From 1994 the property is under management of the Municipality of Morigerati, and from 2008 it has been recognized as of regional interest by Region Campania, and it is now under the supervision of the antropologist Luciano Blasco.
The Ancient Forge
It’s considered one of the most interesting examples of industrial archeology in Cilento.
The forge, over 450sqm, was built during 19th century and used to work iron, before being abandoned and later buried by the Mediterranean vegetation; the building saw again the sunlight only few years ago.
The two buildings of which the forge was composed by, were characterised by a production area, where the river waters were let in to power a sort of wind mill that alimented the fire necessary to work the iron, and a storage area for carbon and mineral as well as accomodation for workers.
Sanctuary of St. Demetrio
The Church of St.Demetrio, originally built by greek monks and re-built in the 14th century, has been totally re-structured between 19th and 20th century, and now hosts the holy icon of St.Demetrio, celebrated twice every year.
In front of the Sanctuary, a large panoramic terrace allows the visitors to admire the view on the hamlet Sicili’ as well as on the small villages on the valley of Mount Bulgheria and Mount St. Michele.
During the 14th century, Morigerati became part of Sanseverino family, then passed under the properties of Matteo Comite from Salerno and later sold to Di Stefano family, whom built the Baronial Palace in the 15th century.
Later on, the Palace hosted the heirs of the Di Stefano family, which are still living in the same property, which has some of the apartments with still the original furnitures and can be considered stand-alone museums.
Morigerati Historical Center
The small village of Morigerati offers a characteristic historical center, with its stone pavements and decorated portals, narrow streets which can be crossed only by walk. A small widening is the little square dedicated to St.Rocco, quite and silent like the entire ambience which surrounds it.
The residential area of Sicili is built along the side of Mount Mamino; in particular, the ancient water streams which were crossing what today is the center of the village, have been the main influence for the shape of today’s Sicili.
Today the small village lives around the ancient center with its Church dedicated to SS.Annunziata and hosting remains of the patron saint St. Biagio, and more modern ramifications, which were also recently renovated. The central square is also the center of the social life, especially during the cool summer months.
WWF Oasi and Bussento Caves
It’s a natural reserve of 607hcs, splitted by the spectacular guided track inside the caves.
Created in 1985 as a project to protect the territory and its bio-diversity and peculiarities, the WWF Oasi is reachable through a walk along the ancient mule track and right in between the green mediterranean vegetation and the spring waters coming out from different areas.
The river hosts a rich fauna, like the Fario trout and the river shrimp, as well as numerous other species of rectiles and amphibious animals. Vegetation is also a precious mosaic of species and ambiences twisted in harmony with the river course; interesting is the moss area, one of the most various and large in Southern Italy, as well as the colorful orchids, here blooming naturally.
Particularly interesting and romantic is the old water mill, from which comes out a powerful water jet, channeled later on for ancient industrial usages, icon of times when mankind was working with (and not against, nor damaging) the nature.
Salumi ed insaccati
Cavatielli, Fusilli, Ravioli
Castrato, capretto, maiale, cinghiale
Fichi secchi ripieni
Strada statale 517 Bussentina.
Strada Statale 517var Strada statale 517 var Bussentina: Uscite Sicilì-Morigerati e Torre Orsaia.
Strada Provinciale 16 Strada Provinciale 16 Innesto Statale Bussentina-Caselle in Pittari-Casaletto Spartano-Torraca-Sapri.
Strada Provinciale 54 Strada Provinciale 54/a Innesto SP 16-Morigerati-Rio Casaletto.
Strada Provinciale 210 Strada Provinciale 210 Sicilì-Cuppari.
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