In the foothills of “Serre” mountains there is an old village, with own ancient traditions, protected by the river “Ancinale” and with incredible views of the Ionian sea. We are speaking about Satriano, a village that knows how to amaze among its alleys, for its history and for the variety of things and thanks to cultural, natural points of interest to live and enjoy all year round.
A bit of history
The old village of Satriano has got ancient origins. Even today, walking through the quiet streets of this village, placed in a happy position in the foothills of the “Serre” mountains, you can admire the ancient and majestic “Chiesa Matrice” and the statue of St. Agatha that survived during the devastating earthquake of 1783. In medieval ages it seemed that the “Turrito Castle” of Satriano was the largest one in Calabria. Unfortunately, today there is no trace of these important fortifications but it is not difficult to understand how the position of the village, built up on a hill for defensive reasons, has protected the village over the centuries, even against from the famous “barbaresche” invasions & raids, protected as it was by the imposing fortifications of which today there is no longer track. At the time of “Magna Grecia”, where now stands Satriano, there was a settlement documented as “Cecino” which was the ancient name of the river “Ancinale” then largely navigable. During the Byzantine era the name was changed to Satriano and the village became an important and prosperous fiefdom of the Normans noble lords “Roberto Il Guiscardo” and “Ruggero d’Altavilla”. And lord Ruggero decided that the local “Chiesa Matrice”, already built by the Byzantines, was named after Church of St. Mary of Altavilla. To this byzantine era belong some of the evocative hermits that tradition wants founded by the famous “San Bruno” who took refuge with some basilian monks in the woods of Satriano before moving to the “Serre” mountains founding the famous Abbey “Certosa” in Serra San Bruno. During the Renaissance age it is known the presence in the village of important local artists such as Mattia Preti. Satriano was known for its important frescos inside churches and for several architectural works around the village. The afore mentioned earthquake and floods of the “Ancinale” river marked the decline for the village that today welcomes travelers who love nature, sea or mountains.
Walking around the village
Among the quiet alleys full of charm you can find all the signs which recall the ancient beauty of the village. At the small fountain “Gattì”, at the entrance of the village, was placed the ancient coat of arms of the noble family “Ravaschieri”. Also to this important noble family belong one of the historic palaces that rise among the streets of the old-city center, recognizable by the precious portals bearing their chivalrous coats of arms. Enjoy a slow-walk around and don’t miss “Palazzo Galataria” or “Palazzo Ranieri”. But it is the stunning “Chiesa Matrice”, with its greek-style pediment, that impresses you more. The statue of “Sant’Agata” in the main square of the village is also recognized like a great artistic point of interest. Keep calm and enjoy above all the views that you can experience from every corner of this village – from which you can see the green mountains of “Serre” and the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea – that leave you speechless. Here, heading towards the area called “Satriano Marina”, just 1 km far from the sea, in a hidden valley of the “Ancinale” river there are the remains of the famous “Tower Ravaschiera” dating back to the 16th century (the only defensive keep in the Soverato’s area that still exists). The building was in a visual connection with two other towers, around 1500 a.C., when it was built. Next to the remains of the tower are clearly visible ruins of an ancient water-crusher. An interesting example of typically Mediterranean industrial archaeology.
Satriano all year around
Thanks to its territorial extension, – from the beautiful “Marina” to the mountains (with the highest peak of Mount Fiorino, located at 1000 meters above sea level) – Satriano is a village to live all year round. The suggestion of history and of the naturalistic scenery are, today, the greatest resources of this village. The woods are rich in chestnut trees while on the hill the olive trees frame the panorama of the old town. Many experiences to enjoy and have discovering its charm, even through the typical religious events which have been taking place for centuries despite interruptions due to World Wars and natural disasters. Among these processions we point-out “A Cumprunta”, which takes place during Holy Week, and the solemn celebrations in honor of “San Cosma e Damiano” on September 26th/27th. Lovers of hiking and nature-walks will also find very interesting to hike along the “Ancinale” river and mountain above all in the spring-time. Along the path of the river, that connects Satriano marina to Serra San Bruno, there is an important station of the fern “Osmunda regalis”. In summer, the proximity to the famous “movida” of the sea-town Soverato, enlivened the village and the area nearby the beaches that became the scene of lots of events.
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