The civic coat of arms
of Racale is marked by a blue background, on which there is a she-wolf suckling
There are no historical documents about the first urban centre, but the human
presence from the prehistory is proved by a dolmen, denominated Ospina.
According to some historians Racale was founded by a Roman centurion, Eraclio,
who had got this land for his courage during the wars. He made his house and
that of his soldiers build and the village became bigger and bigger. The
Barbarians invaded the small village a lot of times, but it was rebuilt. The
feudal age began after the arrival of the Normans when the king Tancredi d'
Altavilla gave the feud to Guglielmo Bonsecolo. Until the beginning of the XVII
century, Racale was governed by the Lutianos, the De Marras, the Pisanellos, the
Tolomeis and the Guevaras. In 1608 the centre passed under Carlo Cappello's
control and some years later it was sold to the De Franchis. Then t was ruled
by Ferrante Beltrano and the last vassals were the Basurtos, who remained until
1806 , when the feudal system was suppressed. One of the most important local
people is Mariano Lannocca. He lived between the XVII and the XVIII centuries
and he became a hermit and a leader of a famous religious group. He lived with
his followers by the Church of the Madonna of the River, growing in the
surrounding territory. After his death he was buried e inside the church.