It is one of the towns of Arbëreshë origin in Basilicata, whose origins are still reflected today in the traditions and architecture of the historic centre, made up of arches, portals, alleys and buildings attributable to the Albanian influence.
A remarkable landmark is the Steccato Fountain, built on commission from an Albanian nobleman and animated by apotropaic figures and magical formulas designed to ward off any negative energies. Also curious are the Cantine dello Scescio – chosen by Pasolini as a location for “The Gospel according to Matthew”. These are caves dug into the lava tuff of the hills surrounding the village and used primarily as a refuge by Albanian immigrants and later as cellars to store wine. The religious heritage also bears the Arbëreshe imprint. The Sanctuary of the Madonna di Costantinopoli, the Church of Sant’Attanasio and San Rocco, the one of Santa Maria del Carmine and that of San Nicola are an example, for the decorative style of the interiors and the works they preserve.
Among the most anticipated cultural events is the “Processione dei Misteri” (Procession of the Mysteries). Every Good Friday the stages of Christ’s life are recalled with a scenic Via Crucis that transforms the village into a dimension in which the past and the present blend in an evocative way.