Valsinni

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Valsinni
Comune
Comune di Valsinni
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Coat of arms of Valsinni
Coat of arms
Valsinni is located in Italy
Valsinni
Valsinni
Location of Valsinni in Italy
Coordinates: 40°10′N 16°27′E / 40.167°N 16.450°E / 40.167; 16.450
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Matera (MT)
Government
 • Mayor Gennaro Olivieri
Area
 • Total 31 km2 (12 sq mi)
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,708
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym Valsinnesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 75029
Dialing code 0835
Patron saint Saint Fabian, Madonna del Carmine
Saint day 10 May, 21 July

Valsinni is a village and comune in the province of Matera, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.

The village is bordered by Colobraro, Nocara, Noepoli, Nova Siri, Rotondella and San Giorgio Lucano.

History[edit]

A closed entrance under a home (gafio) in the ancient part of Valsinni (Borgo)

The territory of the comune includes the ruins of the ancient city of Lagaria. Its most famous buildings which are part of Valsinni's heritage are: the Castle, dating back to the 11th century, where the Italian Renaissance poetess Isabella Morra lived and died, the Palazzo Melidoro, the Chiesa Madre (mother church) of medieval origins and the Chiesa dell'Annunziata from the 17th century.

Economy[edit]

The town has an ancient tradition of millers, whose symbol is the mill of Palazzo Mauri, which is still supplied with large stone wheels. The economy of the town is mostly based on agriculture and livestock breeding.

Festivals[edit]

Major festival of Valsinni is on the 9th and 10th of May when there is a religious procession for the patron Saint Fabian.

People[edit]

Isabella Morra, the 16th century writer and poet, came from Valsinni when it was known as Favale San Cataldo.

Dr. Jay M. Arena was born to parents from Valsinni, Italy. Dr. Arena invented child safety caps for medicine bottles and was also one of the first Americans to visit China in 1972.

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