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The Figure of Art, Landscape, and Beauty of the Mercure Lao Valley
The Figure of Art, Landscape, and Beauty of the Mercure Lao Valley
Jan 30, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM GMT+1
Free Webinar upon Registration

The Municipal Administration of Castelluccio Inferiore, in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin and with the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Basilicata, invites you to a free webinar: 90 minutes of live video conversation, dedicated to the enhancement of Castelluccio Inferiore, of the Mercure Lao Valley, and of Southern Italy.


Finding the past to build the future!



Paolo Campanella , Mayor of Castelluccio Inferiore

The agreement between Castelluccio Inferiore and the Polytechnic of Turin


Silvia Gron , Polytechnic of Turin, Lecturer

A start to good practice: example of recovery of a "minor center"


Wilma Fittipaldi , former teacher and author

The Byzantine artistic and architectural figure of Castelluccio Inferiore


Simonetta Montonato , Superintendency of Basilicata

Protecting the landscape of the Mercure Lao Valley


Michele Abastante , Archdiocese of Rossano, Curator of the Codex Purpureus

The Valley of the Mercure Lao seen from Rossano, the Byzantine.


Andrea Maddalena , Architect and Author

Spiritual archetypes in the urban planning of Castelluccio Inferiore


Vincenzo Maria Mattanò , Architect and Author

Relevance of historical buildings and the genesis of architecture


Egidio Salamone and Giovanni Canora , EVRA - Plant Extracts Applied Research Srl

The Pollino officinal plants supply chain: Lucanian ecotypes


Teresa Satalino , Apulian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director

Beauty, youth, leadership

Will present: Leo Giannotti , Strategists United

Presentation of the speakers and in-depth bibliography:

- Area continuously updated -

  • Silvia Gron - Associate Professor of the Polytechnic of Turin


Architect, specialist in History, Analysis and Evaluation of cultural and environmental heritage  (Polytechnic of Turin); he is associate professor of architectural and urban composition at the Department of Architecture and Design - DAD of the Polytechnic of Turin. In his teaching and research activity he deals with design issues concerning the safeguarding and recovery of the existing building heritage, spaces with a historical matrix and urban regeneration programs.


Foreshadowing the activities of the Polytechnic of Turin within the Relocation Program of the Municipality of Castelluccio Inferiore, some reflections are proposed on a recovery plan created for a small town, that of Serralunga d'Alba, evaluating after twenty years how much is how the indications provided, widely agreed with the population, were reflected in particular in making the historical matrices remain within the succession of building transformations.

  • Wilma Fittipaldi - Former Teacher and Author

Wilma Fittipaldi has taught Drawing and History of Art for over twenty years in the Scientific High Schools, and has published the following volumes:

The Byzantine presence in Lucania and in Southern Italy. Art, History and Religiosity. Publisher Zaccara (Lagonegro), 2016. This text presents the Byzantine presence in Southern Italy, with particular reference to Lucania, to historical and religious events over a period of time from the 6th to the 11th century AD. C., and to the artistic heritage whose deepest testimonies have come down to us.


Lauria. Paths of Art, Faith and History. Campobasso, 2010


I l figurative language. From “Drawing” to “Art and Image”. Publisher Arcane (Rome). 2008.  


In addition, she has been a speaker at conferences relating to Byzantine civilization and the languages of art.

  • Simonetta Montonato - Archaeological, Fine Arts and Landscape Superintendence of Basilicata


  • Michele Abastante - Archdiocese of Rossano, Curator of the Codex Purpureus


Art historian, photographer, cataloger of works of art and religious architecture, responsible for the movable property of the Archdiocese of Rossano-Cariati. In 2012 he took part in the working table for the realization of the dossier useful for the Unesco candidacy of Rossano's Purple Code, which was then recognized and included in the "Memory of the World" category on 9 October 2015 by the Unesco commission meeting in Abu Dhabi. He published:  

Guide to the Diocesan and Codex Museum, Rossano, 2018


The Mercure Valley, around the year one thousand, hosted numerous communities of monks who settled in the Castelluccio Inferiore area and its surroundings. Among the figures of monks present perhaps one of the most important and charismatic was that of San Nilo da Rossano, a monk who came from an important Byzantine stronghold and who, after an experience of married life, decided to embrace the monastic life and to be formed in Mercurion which at the time was a real "Thebaid".


To know more:

  • Andrea Maddalena- Architect and Author


Born in Rome, he has been living in the Netherlands since 2000. Architect, art historian, lecturer, independent researcher, lecturer, he deals with the dissemination of topics related to art, culture, language. He is a scholar of Etruscan and Roman civilization, of symbolism, medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Her research analyzes points of contact between the different disciplines and since 2004 they have been disseminated in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy through conferences, articles and seminars. Since 2006 he has been a teacher of Italian language and culture at the "Dante Alighieri Amersfoort" association. Since 2018 he is professor of art history and symbolism at the Vrije Academie in the Netherlands, for which he carries out seminars, conferences and guided tours. Its didactic activities can be found on the website .  

The intervention " The spiritual archetypes of urban planning of Castelluccio Inferiore" highlights the presence of urban dynamics that do not belong only to a local culture, but draw on a universal archetypal heritage that can also be found in completely different urban, historical and geographical contexts. and at the same time deeply connected with the nature of the place.

  • Vincenzo Maria Mattanò - Architect and Author


Former adjunct professor of Architectural Composition and History of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Calabria, he also held annually, lectures in History of Architecture and Design in the Industrial Design Course of the same Faculty. He was one of the teachers of the Higher Education School of Art and Theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy. He has carried out and carries out design and construction management consultancy in the field of architectural and landscape restoration on behalf and in collaboration with the Superintendencies for Architectural and Landscape Heritage of Emilia Romagna-Bologna and Calabria. He was a research fellow at Unical in the field of conservation and restoration of architecture. As a designer, he coordinates a research group engaged in the construction of industrial housing prototypes.  His research activity focuses mainly on the analytical, historical-critical and operational aspects of architectural and urban design and architectural and urban restoration with particular attention to the anteteoretic and theoretical dimension of design practice and its development.  Among the publications we highlight:

Of Space: like a Holocaust. Bologna 1998. [now in Lo Spazio nel liber Figurarum by Gioacchino da Fiore, 2012]

Eidetic reduction and ontoteleology in the neo-medievalist conception of Alfonso Rubbiani. The church of San Giuseppe in Pian di Venola, Pàtron, Bologna 1999.

The Angevin Basilica of Santa Chiara in Naples. Apocalyptic and eschatology, Ed. La Città del Sole, Naples 2003.

Of Space. Joachim of Fiore, Dante, Michelangelo. Prolegomena to a history of architecture as a process of the eventuality of Being as Ereignis, Ed. Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2007.

The Ancient Center of Lungro. A rare document of typological rigor and sophisticated settlement strategy, Ed.Il Coscile, Castrovillari, 2012.

Space in the free Figurarum by Gioacchino da Fiore, Ed. Il Coscile, Castrovillari, 2012.

Of the drawing. The acanthus. contribution to Architects Memories, by Nicola Pagliara, Ed. Artstudio, Naples 2016.

The project and the Event. Gioacchino Dante Michelangelo Scarpa and the Trinitarian Circles, Paterno Editions, Paterno Calabro 2019.


It has in preparation:

Architecture and the Ereignis. Vol. I: Classical Antiquity. Contributions to a history of architecture, as a planning process of the eventuality of Being as Ereignis.

Michelangelo and the Ereignis.


  • Egidio Salamone and Giovanni Canora - EVRA  Vegetable Extracts Ricerca Applicata Srl


They are Coordinators of BotanicuM , annual scientific conference of Botany and Pharmaceutical Clinic, and of  Prize Prof. Dr. V. Corporal, medicine and pharmacy.  

Furthermore, already Mayor of Castelluccio Superiore, Egidio Salamone is an expert on the history of Castelluccio Superiore, Director of EVRA Srl, Coordinator of the Lucana Officinal Plants Supply Chain; he is also the author of the book:  

Castelluccio Superiore  - History and memory of the Supero-country,  Giuseppina Grisolia and Egidio Salamone

Giovanni Canora is the Director of AgriEvra;  founding member of the UNESCO Chair UNISA - Medicinal Plants of the Mediterranean; referent for Botanical Medicine in Italy  of Bastyr University in Seattle USA; President of the Schola Medica Salernitana Study Center; Editorial Director of Pangea magazine. 

  • Teresa Satalino - AYSO Apulian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director


Castelluccio Inferiore

St. Nicholas of Mira

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