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Historical centre of Lagonegro - Churches of the historical centre - Artistic Nativity Scenes - Volunteer Groups of Lagonegro who Organize the celebration.
Geographical location
Historical centre of Lagonegro - Piazza Castello, Piazza Rosario and Piazza Purgatorio. Church of St. Nichola al castello. Antient artisanal crafts and tools.


Thematic areas History (moments,aspects/problems,main characters)
Cultural interest evaluation The Emigrant's celebration has come to its tenth edition. It was ideated with the aim of revitalizing the historical centre, especially in the summer, to retrieve the traditions and the rituals of a time, to offer a warm welcome to the emigrants returning to Lagonegro for their holidays.
Context The Emigrant's celebration makes the community re-live its attachment to Lagronegro. It represents pride and stimulates the feeling of belonging to Lagonegro thanks to the valorization of the historic center - the heart of antiquity and local traditions - through cultural, artistic and gastronomic itineraries (typical local dishes).
Description of the managnment mode The traditions have been transmitted orally.
In particular, the ritual of the "veglia notturna" at the prestigious and very ancient statute, silver and gold, of the Saint Patron of Lagonegro, St. Nichola of Bari, which is reported at least twice a year in the Church of the Castle.
Popular dancing and songs are organized  to recall the spirit of fraternity that once surrounded the community that inhabited the entire historical center.
The re-evocation of the figure and works of Paolo Marsicano, a fervent patriot and endless benefactor who contributed decisively to the feudal redemption of Lagonegro: in the Church of San Nicola al Castello   the cover of the stone sarcophagus (made by the University of the Regulatory Authority as a testimony of affection and gratitude)is exposed, on which the Marsicano from the long beard effigy  is carved, with his hands clasped and the sword at his side.
Significant features The Emigrant's celebration is a gathering moment for the entire community that rediscovers, on holiday days, the pride of identity and belonging to Lagonegro. The appointment with Emigrant's Day is now expected by returning emigrants, from the whole population, young and old, and is perceived as a distinctive sign of the culture of welcoming the people of Basilicata as well as being a powerful cultural stimulus for conservation , revitalization and rediscovery of the historical centre.

Safeguard plan proposed

Community Participation
The community is adequately informed (posters 6per3 and 70x100, event message on facebook and twitter, audio messages transmitted along the streets of the town, etc ...) and the volunteer and social promotion associations operating in Lagonegro are involved in advance and put in the condition ti provdie their own contribution.

Where to eat


La Stradella
Via Umberto Primo, 10
85042 - Lagonegro (PZ)
Tel.: 0973 490017 - Fax: 0973 490017

Restaurants in  hotels

Midi Hotel
Viale Colombo, 76
85042 - Lagonegro (PZ)
Tel.: 0973 41188 - Fax: 0973 41186
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Azienda Agricola e Zootecnica "Monte Pennarrone"
C.da Pennarrone
85042 - Lagonegro (PZ)
Cell.: 339 5282111
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Fonte: APT Basilicata

Additional Info

  • Category: Historical itinerary
  • Month: May, June, July, August
  • Place: Lagonegro