We parked at the start of the village on SP3, walked up to the top of the village near
Via San Costantino and came back around on Via Castello
We met people from this village very early in our Italian adventure. Our contractor was from Papasidero and taught us how to pronounce it correctly--not PapasidDERo but PapaSIDero (PapaSEEDarrow).
The Fiume Lao (River Lao) is an important feature whose name comes from the Greek city we just learned about in Italian language class. We had previously visited the prehistoric Grotto del Romito nearby but had never before taken the time to walk around the village to get a feel for it. A visit from some friends from the UK gave us the impetus to go and walk around. We saw some pretty impressive sights for such a small village nestled in the Parco del Pollino (Pollino National Park). We refer to the aerial map above to orient you to our walk and the map below to orient you to the 9 km drive from Santa Domenica Talao.
We can be the most uninformed type of tourists sometimes. We took in the sights and learned about what we saw as we went because we did absolutely no research before we embarked. I guess the town's proximity made us casual about what might be there.
We knew it to be a small town in our national park and the home to rafting companies and our building contractor. Sad to say, even the existence of the archeological site Grotto del Romito didn't clue us in to the age of the village itself.
|Old villa on the hillside--a fairly normal sight in Italia|
|The Sanctuary of Constantiople--you can see this in the top aerial photo--upper left across the River|
|The Church at the top of the village--what a great roof it has--the church was closed--on Sunday?|
|The abandoned village of Avena--11th Century--on the aerial photo, you can see the ruin|
on the hill next to Via Castello--near the big parking lot on the aerial photo