TORTORELLA, the town of birds

 

TORTORELLA, the town of birds

 

Tortorella is at 600 m above the sea-level and dominates the valleys and the surrounding gorges. The name underlines the link between nature and human beings. In fact Tortorella comes from “tortora”, that is turtledove. There are many different kinds of birds in this area: turtledoves, jays, sparrows and imperial crows.

Santa Maria Assunta Church is very interesting with its small chapel of XVIII century with the relics of San Felice Martire and the chapel of Santa Maria dei Martiri, with the statue of Our Lady, a sculpture in a niche of the wall with frescoes, portraying the Christ Pantokrator surrounded by two angels and saints.
The Ecological day dedicated to the cleaning and the valorisation of the territory and of typical products is very interesting (in August).

 

HISTORY

 

Tortorella has a Middle Ages origin. In 1021 it became a feud of Salerno Princedom, and then it was ruled by Sanseverino, Caracciolo, Spinelli and Carafa families. Carafa family was the last family to rule the feud before the abolition of feudality in 1806.

 

 

MONUMENTS AND NATURAL BEAUTIES

 

  • Mills and foundries ruins, covered by a thick vegetation
  • Porta Suctana, the main entrance and Porta Suprana
  • Immacolata Concezione Church
  • Purgatorio Church
  • Santa Maria Assunta Church, with a small XVIII century containing the relics of San Felice Martire. To the church belongs the wonderful silver cross (now at Museo Diocesano of Policastro Bussentino)
  • Ruins of the Byzantine Church
  • Ruins of Palazzo Marchesale belonged to Carafa family, with a beautiful stone portal. In the courtyard there is the pit
  • Santa Maria dei Martiri Chapel with the statue of Our Lady, a sculpture in a niche of the wall with frescoes, portraying the Christ Pantokrator surrounded by two angels and saints
  • San Vito Chapel
  • Graveyard Chapel
  • Battaglia spring with fountain
  • Capello spring and fall
  • Casaletto River
  • Mariolomeo Cave

 

FOLKLORE AND EVENTS

 

  • The Ecological day dedicated to the cleaning and the valorisation of the territory and of typical products is very interesting (August).
  • Guided tours to ancient mills to practise the “torrentismo” that is the descent on foot along Bussentino River, among gorges and falls, towards Morigerati Cave (summer)
  • Live crib (Christmas period)

 

 

testi: Stefania Maffeo

 

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