RIVELLO travel Guide

Rivello , Potenza

Rivello, ancient houses surrounding Byzantine plant cultures, is one of the most interesting villages in Lucania, both for the extraordinary panoramic position and for the dense and well-preserved building fabric. Located at about 480 mt. on the sea level, the village dominates the wilderness valley of the walnut Noce, on the other side it faces the peaks of Monte Sirino (2005 mt).

Situated in a panoramic position at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of the Noce River on the other, it opens the view of the Sirino peaks.
The beauty of the town is also given by the well-preserved building fabric, with ancient chapels and noble palaces.
Rivello was one of the oldest Basilian communities and was long controversial between the Byzantines and the Longobards, who fortify the country but failed to expel the enemy garrison. So there were two distinct centers, one of the Latin rite, the other of the Greek rite, a distinction that lasted until the seventeenth century, when the Greek rite was abolished. So many of its churches retain elements typical of Byzantine architecture.
Do not distract yourself while driving; it is impressive in its beauty the visual effect of the village seen from the State Road 585: it remembers the setting of a Neapolitan crib of the 18th century.
Rivello, once an important center for craftsmanship, from copper to goldsmiths, is today a destination for hiking not only cultural and naturalistic but also gastronomic excursions from Maratea, which is only a few kilometers away.

what to see in Rivello


Hotels and B & B in Rivello and surroundings, with houses for rent for holidays. Here you will find complete descriptions of services with photos, you can also check prices and book without penalty of withdrawal.  

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Surely the gastronomic pride of the inhabitants of the villages of Rivello are the salami and in particular the sausage and the soppressata and the hams.
  In Rivello there is the famous BYKES craft beer, made with the waters of the Lucanian Appennino springs.

what to see in RIVELLO


In the lower part of the town stands the former monastery of the Minori Osservanti, dating back to the fifteenth century and partially destroyed in recent times. The church of S. Antonio has a large façade preceded by a 1514 portico with frescoes by Pietrafesa (1600); in the portal, of Catalan reminiscence, the 16th century wooden door is beautiful. The cloister of the convent was partially demolished for an expansion in the '60s and then reinterpreted with glass and iron. At the center stands the stone well.
On the first floor of the convent there is the Civic Museum, an exhibition of archaeological material that explores the relationship between Greeks and natives between the Noce and Lao. The material was excavated in Serra Città and on the Pignataro plain, an area characterized by numerous brick kilns in use since the III century BC. until 1950. The area housed a settlement already in the advanced archaic period, as evidenced by the discovery of a tomb dating back to the second half of the VI century BC. and the walls of classical age.


In the upper part of the town, the Mother Church is preceded by a staircase that incorporates the entrance to the pre-existing church of S. Nicola dei Greci, a Byzantine architecture whose interior is characterized by 17 columns on each side supporting vaulting vaults.
The upper church has a facade with decorative motifs typical of the Neapolitan baroque and three portals of 1744.In corso Vittorio Emanuele is the church of S. Anna, a noble chapel from 1733.
The interior decoration is due to Nicola Maria Rossi, who in 1749 covered the walls with trompe-l'oeil-painted architectures. Continuing the descent we come to the chapel of S. Barbara, with a semicircular apse adorned with hanging arches and late sixteenth-century frescoes. In the apse basin of the Church of the Annunciation is a fresco from 1517.
On the opposite side from the church of S. Nicola, the church of S. Maria del Poggio, of 1726, has apse and transects overlooking a small cliff. Going down to the river, in Vignaruola, you reach the church of S. Maria del Popolo, a small rural temple with an eighteenth-century wooden false ceiling.

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Where is Rivello- how to get it

BY CAR The city of Rivello is easily reachable by car using the A2 motorway of the Mediterranean, with exit at Lagonegro Nord -Maratea and continuing along the SS 585 Fondovalle del Noce for a few kilometers.


  Viale Monastero, 48


The CAP of RIVELLO is 85040, the automotive code of the province is PZ and the area code is 0973

km from Maratea: 20 




Only for calls from Italy.