Bernalda

Bernalda is situated about 30 kilometers from Matera, at 127 meters above sea level between the Bradano and Basento rivers. The origin of  this town goes back to small settlings from the expansion of the achaean colony inhabiting the Metaponto area in the 8th Century BC. The name Bernalda is dedicated to its founder Bernardino de Bernaudo, who was part of the court of King d’Aragona, and who in 1470 decided to move the Camarda village to the hilltop. The town has expanded over the decades and in the 30’s was enlarged to include the municipality of Metaponto that previoulsy was part of Pisticci and in the 80’s with the construction of new neighbourhoods. The Castle built by the Aragon family is well worth a visit, as are the palazzi belonging to noble families Palazzo Ammicche, belonging to the Tancredi family, Palazzo Pacciana e Palazzo Ambrosiano. Walking along the characteristic main road Corso Umberto I°, you are able to see the remains of the XVI century convent of St Francis.