Lagonegro is located on the southwestern side of Valle del Noce with its borders with the southern section of the province of Salerno. Halfway between the mountain and the maritime scenery, it is well connected both to Calabria and to the Gulf of Policastro. The very pleasant climate is due to its strategic position.
Situated near the Massif of Sirino, it is surrounded by thick woods and has a characteristic medieval village.
Together with a morphologic attractive for hiking-lovers , there are also activities related to both agricultural and precision craftsmanship sector.
About the origins of the town of Lagonegro the theories are quite controversial and the churches have an important role. In particular, the one called Del Rosario, located just outside the village, positioned on a pagan temple dedicated to Juno. And then the church of St. Nicholas, built in the eighth century after the installation of Basilian monks, of Byzantine or Bulgarian origin, occurred on the cliff of the castle. The attribution of the name Lagopesole to the citadel dates back to this period, thanks to the presence of an Apennine lake with dark waters, which disappeared over time.
The strong tradition that links the Lagonegrese to the Catholic culture is witnessed by countless celebrations that take place throughout the year.
CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC HERITAGE
The history of the castle of Lagonegro continues to radiate a certain charm, even if only a few pieces of it remain today. The castles, as we know, are by nature rich in stories and legends, symbols of a past that cannot be forgotten, milestones of an identity that has been carved in time, in the most difficult passages of history to which that castle refers .
It was built by the Normans on a circular-shaped cliff called “Castello”, belonging to a more ancient residential nucleus. The cliff was then abandoned and a new village was built in its place. As the only traces left to date, we can still admire some imposing city walls and two towers which were erected around its margins.
The Castle stood in the middle of the cliff but, following the conquest of freedom by the Lagonegresi, it was totally destroyed to prevent other barons from settling there, attracted by the symbol of feudal dominion it represented.
In the area where the castle stood, a square was built, which in 1858 was adapted to a necropolis and the basement of the palace was used as a burial place.
In the ancient village it is also possible to admire the Porta di ferro, characterized by a feudal coat of arms depicting St. Michael the Archangel killing a dragon. Through the gate you can access to the inhabited centre, rich in ancient buildings, helical lanes and stairs.
Among the excellences of this territory, it is also worth mentioning the Canonico company, a renowned manufacturer of tower clocks, which has always been run by a family-style approach and led today by Antonio Canonico. There are numerous places all over the world where the bell clocks of this company are tinkering; just remember, in Italy, the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Teatro S. Carlo of Naples, the Theatre of the Piazzetta of Capri, up to the United States and, even, to Australia.
FOOD AND WINE
The typical cuisine is a great ally of stops during long walks in the woods.
The recipes range from cod cooked in various ways, to the preparation of fresh pasta and are enlivened by beans, chicory, dried peppers and many other vegetables.
The wine vocation of the territory allows to produce fruity and fragrant, IGT-certified red wines ( Typical Geographical Indication).
Finally, the tradition of homemade ice-cream deserves particular attention, as it is produced with a processing cycle that goes from 6 to 10 hours and is totally thickeners, dyes and hydrogenated fats free.
An all natural cooking, in line with the surrounding landscape!