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Cultural location    
Community of Tricarco, associations, schools,documentation centre of  Rocco Scotellaro, musical groups of folk music and   folkloristic dance.

Geographical location   
Places related to the memory of Scotellaro, first the poet's house, the alleys that inspired his poems, the Rabatana and Saracena districts, the documentation centre, the square, the tomb created for Carlo Levi's will by the architects of the Group BBPR: Gian Luigi Banfi, Lodovico Barbiano of Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers.



Thematic areas History (moments,aspects/problems,main characters)
Cultural interest evaluation The figure of Scotellaro is deeply rooted in the  culture of Tricarco, one of the greatest poets and intellectuals in the world involved in the post-war problems. Animated by a strong moral and ideal charge, profused in its literary production and political commitment, he took on the emblematic value of the struggles for the redemption of the southern people.
Context Rocco Scotellaro was born in Tricarico on 19/04/1923, at 23 he was elected mayor of Tricarico, the youngest
mayor of Italy, at a very difficult time for the country. Rather than the delegation he promoted and sollicited  the participation of the citizens, in particular the great masses of farmers , for whom rebellion and resignation were all in the administrative issues and the essential problems of their everyday life, first and foremost, the possibility of have land to cultivate. Politics and making poetry become the same thing  for him, even poetry could be a tool for struggle and emancipation. He lived from 1923 to 1953,and  in the years 43-44 he was able to mature his thoughts,to keep in contact with some confined politicians like Carlo Levi, Manlio Rossi-Doria, Camilla Ravera, Emilio Sereni, Franco Venturi, Guido Miglioli in these difficult years for italian history.He participated in the surveys on rural civilization in Lucania, led by George Peck, Friederick G. Friedmann, Ernesto De Martino and worked on a  research on the culture of the southern farmers, entrusted to him by Vito Laterza. Deep was his bond with Carlo Levi, Rocco Mazzarone and the community movement by Adriano Olivetti. Open to the Italian cultural debate of the immediate postwar period he left a "hundred lyrics that in Eugenio Montale's opinion remain the most significant of our time." Of course its was a great work of weaving between the ancient peasant world that had no voice and the swirling of the modern world made of new narrative.
"The authentic," says Fortini, is not easy in politics and poetry.
The context in which Scotellaro's work extends, involves other centres such as Matera, Portici, Sicignano degli Arburni, the places of Levi, Aliano and Grassano.
Description of the managment mode The figure of Scotellaro was transmitted  from generation to generation thanks to the continuous and constant work carried out by the documentation Centre. The center, in addition to conserving  documentary and photographic material relating to the poet, organizes and participates conferences on his figure, the most recent:«Nella Basilicata del secondo dopoguerra. Rocco Scotellaro intellettuale della modernità»
Tricarico, 2013
«Cultura e lingua nell'opera di Rocco Scotellaro»
Tricarico, 2013
Giornata celebrativa su Rocco Scotellaro e le traduzioni inglesi in collaborazione con David & Helen Constantine, Editors Modern Poetry in Translation, The Queen's College - Oxford
Tricarico, 2012;
Study convention «Scotellaro scrittore. Storicità e attualità di un'esperienza»
Tricarico, 2004;
«Nella Basilicata del secondo dopoguerra. Rocco Scotellaro intellettuale della modernità»
Tricarico, 2013;
«Cultura e lingua nell'opera di Rocco Scotellaro»
Tricarico, 2013;
"Rocco Scotellaro e le traduzioni inglesi" with the collaboration of David & Helen Constantine, Editors Modern Poetry in Translation, The Queen's College - Oxford
Tricarico, 2012 ;
Study convention «Scotellaro scrittore. Storicità e attualità di un'esperienza»
Tricarico, 2004
The preservation of his figure is also carried out in schools and associations that have on several occasions proposed theatrical performances on the subject. Numerous scholars interested in the work of Scotellaro continue research and reflection on his works like  Ulderico Pesce, which yearly presents in Tricarico the show on Scotellaro's work:
“Contadini del Sud di Ulderico Pesce tratto dall'opera di Rocco Scotellaro e Amelia Rosselli”.
Significant features The figure of Scotellaro assumes current and rediscovered value in relation to his political and poetic work, precisely because of the memory transmitted  to young people from old generations.
Bibliography Francesca Armento, Dalla nascita alla morte di Rocco Scotellaro. Il racconto e le immagini,(Centro di documentazione "R. Scotellaro e la Basilicata del secondo dopoguerra", Quaderni 1),Congedo, Galatina, 2011.
Allen Prowle, From London to Lucania: translating Scotellaro, con traduzione in italiano di Vito Sacco, in «Frontiere», a. XIII, nn. 25-26, gennaio-dicembre 2012, pp. 15-28.
Giuseppe Palumbo, Uno si Distrae al Bivio. La crudele scalmana.S. Angelo in Formis (CE) : Lavieri, 2013
Giovanni Battista Bronzini, "L'universo contadino e l'immaginario poetico di Rocco Scotellaro", Bari, Edizioni Dedalo, 1987.
Rosario Villari, Il convegno in onore di Rocco Scotellaro, in Cronache meridionali, Anno II, nr.2, febbraio 1955
Franco Fortini, La poesia di Scotellaro, Roma-Matera, Basilicata, 1974.
Franco Vitelli, Bibliografia critica su Scotellaro, Matera, Basilicata, 1977.


Safeguard plan proposed

Community participation
The community's involvement will be linked to the revitalization of the places  and their safeguarding and enhancement (didactic and information panels) but also to the direct participation of young people, students who  want to get involved. In addition, the productive and catering crafts,and the hospitality services.
The communities in neighboring countries will be involved, in particular, for the figure of Levi and Matera, where the final show could be re-released.

Where to eat


Ostello Fonti
c/o Santuario Madonna delle Fonti - C.da Fonti
75019 - Tricarico (MT)
Tel.: 0835 723660 - Fax: 0835 723660
Cell.: 340 6454336
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Fonte: APT Basilicata

Additional Info

  • Category: Historical itinerary
  • Place: Tricarico