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ALESSANDRIA DEL CARRETTO

Alessandria del Carretto is the highest town in the Pollino National Park, at an elevation of about 1.043 m a.s.l.. It still keeps its ancient traditions.

Once known as “Torricella”, it was re-founded in 1633 by prince Alessandro Pignone del Carretto. Due to its geographical position, its climate is quite cold in winter and pleasantly cool in summer.

People in the village are very hospitable: during the “Pita” festival, that takes place in Spinazzeta, located high in the mountains on the boundary with Basilicata, they host tourists in their homes and offer them local delicacies. 

Local population is very proud of its ancient traditions and history and preserves and promotes them through festivals and cultural events.




 


Address Piazza Municipio
  87070 Alessandria del Carretto (CS)
Phone number 0981 53006
Fax 0981 53006
Website http://www.comune.alessandriadelcarretto.cs.it/
 

 

Three main cultural events characterize the life of the town every year. The Carnevale Alessandrino (Alessandria Carnival) is an ancient and peculiar rite that is characterized by the presence of two types of costumes: ‘u pohicinelle bielle and ‘u pohicinelle brute. ‘U pohicinelle brute was also known as “l’Uerse” and wore a black goat or sheep fur with chains and cowbells. He personified evil, ugliness, arrogance and used ashes as confetti. This character has disappeared, while ‘u pohicinelle bielle still wears white pants, light shirts and a white mask on the face.

The “Pita” festival takes place every last Sunday of April and consists in dragging a white fir that has been previously chosen, cut down and sawed in two parts (log and top) to move it from the mountain to the town. All the way down, people offer food and wine, play music, sing and dance.

“Radicazioni” is an International festival of Traditional Cultures that has taken place in  Alessandria del Carretto every August for six years. The festival gathers artists and musicians from every part of Italy and abroad.

There are three churches in the town: The Church of Sant'Alessandro Papa Martire, the Chapel of San Rocco, the Chapel of Madonna della Neve.

The Church of Sant'Alessandro Papa Martire is the Main Church of the town. It dates back to the 17th century and has a mixed façade. A bell tower stands on the left side of the building and the three-nave interior is in Neo-classical style.

The Chapel of San Rocco is a small local-stone building. The sober façade is decorated with a round arch portal and a small bell-gable.



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