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THE BRAHMAEA EUROPAEA: THE EVERLASTING BUTTERFLY

Localization

Cultural location
Cultural association Vulcanica (capofila)
Cultural association Sisma
Museum of  Vulture
Town of  Rionero in Vulture

Geographical location   
Monticchio Lakes - Vulture - Melfi

 

Description

 

Thematic areas History (moments,aspects/problems,main characters)
Cultural interest evaluation A story that was born twenty-six million years ago in the mycenaean era, fascinating and rich of intriguing mystery, that has expanded until  today and has evolved specifically, and not accidentally, into the caldera of the ancient  Vulture volcano. A narration that has become a world heritage of scientific and entomological knowledge and which is part of our land v. A story of the european Bramea , of its incredible discovery by Count Hartig, almost seems fiction, still too little known to the common world as a reference because of its uniqueness and specificity. The ancient living fossil  found in the Vulture brings us back to far geological eras making us understand what particular place we live in. There are a dozen species of the "Brahmaeidae" families  but the closest to us are in India, Taiwan, Nepal, China.
The presence of this fossil is a demonstration of how little is known about European natural history and how important it may be to divulgate its existence scientifically, artistically and anthropologically and  how we can continue to safeguard it in its natural habitat. The value of a species is immeasurable. It can be compared  with the value of artistical works, often considered invaluable,but like these after a species has disappeared, nothing and no one can bring it back to life.
The project  tends to develop a  scientific knowledge to greater visibility and promotion, which is shared by art and science, which has the ambition to raise the element in question (which has all the features to be tangible) to a different communicative world that can be fascinating and intriguing.
Seeking beauty in what is closest to us,like the ancient Greeks who identified the butterfly and the soul with Psyche, is  the spirit at the origin of eternity.
The european Bramea represents the knowledge of our land, a symbol of an archaic time and is a source of reflection for that challenge  not to lose the virtue of our people's memory. It represents an absolute and incomparable  specificity with other places, which are not just a few other places on our planet. It is the task of our community, of our people, to safeguard and to make this good known even outside the most important areas of science.
A hidden treasure that needs to be disclosed in further areas but at the same time must continue to be protected as a casket.
The mystery that accompanies its existence makes the Bramea  a stratagem to attract magic and art in an enchanted place.
Context The Bramea finds its natural habitat where the castle of Monticchio stood,that became in 1971 after the proposal of the count Hartig the state reserve of the Grotticell that represents the only legislative provision in Italy for the protection of a butterfly.Today the risk of extintion is high.The narration takes place in Vulture,a landscape enriched by 2 green and blue lakes that were formed by 2 volcano craters and antient forests.The volcano activity influenced the history of these places and of men.Nature constitutes the identity of this area.The narration started in antient times,since the eruptions that got quieter leaving space to the 2 lakes and the mineral sources.The place is rich of history and mysticism;it is not possible to date the first human settlements but since the year 1000 the stories of the abbey of S.Michele,S.Ippolito and the Monticchio castle started to mix together.The history of the abbey is tightly linked to the natural history of the area and also the history of men is linked to it.
The caldera of Vulture along with the abbey of S.Ippolito and of S.Michele was at the centre of the most significant historical moments of the town.It is thanks to the peculiarities of its nature that Vulture became famous in 800’,attracting  visitors and painters from everywhere that made this marvellous town scientifically artistically and literally wider.
Description of the managment mode 1. The project proposes a path through the production of a  documentary with historical and naturalistic features,involving researchers  and starting with the important figure of count Hartig but then focusing on the  Bramea, how and why it lives in our areas  and the best way to safeguard it . The distribution will be international.
2. A scenic narration, accessible to everyone,telling about this incredible story with a structure that can be turned into a tourism vehicle. The scientific reality that mixes  with fantasy and art by building an original text based on the experiences of local people and important university professors,entomologists and historians who continue to devote their work to the Bramea. Any event will be enriched with original music. Extraregional level communication.
3. Meetings, seminars and debates on the theme of the protection of the intangible element.
4. Indispensable involvement of new audiences
5. Production of multidisciplinary materials with translation into english and, possibly, in other languages, to be divulgated in Italian and foreign schools and universities.
Significant features The european Bramea as an emblem of the knowledge and awareness of our land, a symbol of an archaic time as well as a source of reflection to undertake the challenge against the loss of memory of our people. It is also an absolute and practically incomparable species and consequently the task of our community is to safeguard it. This priceless treasure that has come unexpectedly us needs to be disclosed, protected and valued even in different areas from the very important scientific fields. The Bramea is not important just because it is present only in Vulture:it is a living fossil, coming from a very far geological era. It is an animal that miraculously escaped extinction, an ancient being that we find wonderful to be  still alive here and contributes to our emotional history and our aesthetics.
Bibliography Renato Spicciarelli, La riserva naturale di Grotticelle, Corpo forestale dello Stato, 2013
Renato Spicciarelli, La Psiche del Frassino, Consiglio Regionale della Basilicata, 2004.
Renato Spicciarelli, Vulture, tre brevi racconti, Calice Editore, 2012.
Pinzari M. & Vigna Taglianti A., Storia dell'associazione romana di entomologia, Associazione Romana di Entomologia, 1997.
Stella E., La Bramea di Hartig, La stampa, 1992.

Safeguard plan proposed

Community participation
The community is the first to be interested in the process of building and growth of this element, in the sense of a deeper knowledge, of an emotional involvement in the beauty of nature and in safeguarding the places where it has lived. The project, seen as an educational form for schools, sensitizing  the culture of green, has a privileged channel with the establishment of a partnership with "Basilicata Fiorita" and the imminent "Gardentopia", in collaboration with the  Matera foundation 2019.

Where to eat

 

Restaurant

Albergo Restaino
Monticchio Laghi - Loc. Monticchio Laghi
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 731052 - Fax: 0972 721047
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Sito internet: www.albergoristoranterestaino.it
POSIZIONE: centro
PERIODO DI APERTURA: stagionale (1/4 - 5/11)
APERTURA: a prenzo
GIORNATA DI RIPOSO SETTIMANALE: lunedì
TIPO DI CUCINA: tipica locale

Country House Villa delle Rose
C.da Villa delle Rose
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 081024
Cell.: 329 0792703
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internet: www.villadellerosecountryhouse.it

Restaurant-Pizzerie

Lago Grande di Carlucci Silvana Felicetta & C. S.A.S.
Loc. Monticchio Laghi
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972.731181/0972.724281 - Fax: 0972.724281
Cell.: 340.1048547/338.3960623
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Ristorante Chiosco 2000
Loc. Monticchio Laghi
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 731167 - Fax: 0972 720484
Cell.: 335 6956848

Restaurant in hotel

Hotel San Marco
Largo Fiera, 16
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 724121 - Fax: 0972 724121
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internet: www.hotelsanmarcorionero.it

Hotel Villa Maria
S.S. 167 - Loc. Monticchio Laghi
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 731025 - Fax: 0972 731900
Cell.: 0972 731302
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Sito internet: www.hotelvillamaria.net
POSIZIONE: centro
PERIODO DI APERTURA: annuale
APERTURA: a pranzo e a cena
TIPO DI CUCINA: tipica locale

Ristorante "La Pineta"
Piano Comune - Fraz. Monticchio Laghi
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 721047 - Fax: 0972 721047
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internet: www.albergoristoranterestaino.it

Agriturism

Az. Agr. Cantuccio del Vulture
Piano delle Nocelle - Loc. Monticchio Sgarroni
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 731314 - Fax: 0972 731907
Cell.: 333 1888433
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internet: www.cantucciodelvulture.it

Az. Agr. Il Casale dell'Acqua Rossa
Via Monticchio Sgarroni - Loc. Monticchio Bagni
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 731072 - Fax: 0972 731072
Cell.: 345 6270708
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internet: www.casaleacquarossa.it

Trattorie and osterie

Osteria Vecchio Cortile
Via Luidi La Vista, 23
85028 - Rionero in Vulture (PZ)
Tel.: 0972 724664 - Fax: 0972 724664
Cell.: 340 7007068

 

Fonte: APT Basilicata

Additional Info

  • Category: Historical itinerary
  • Place: Rionero In Vulture
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