The historical centre of
Sannicola has very typical narrow streets and the famous case a corte.
One of the most
monuments to visit is Storace Villa, whose facade is well decorated and built
between the XIX and the XX centuries. The Mother Church as well, dedicated to St
Mary of the Graces, is very fascinating. It was built on the rests of an ancient
XV century monument. The façade is very simply decorated. Inside there are some
valuable altars and paintings representing holy images. The Chapel of St. Peter
and Paul is very simple too. The Chapel of St Cosma and St Damiano is small: the
façade is very linear as the inside. The Church of St. Mauro, situated outside
the inhabited centre, is very ancient and interesting from the artistic point of
view. It was built in the XI and in the past there used to be an important
convent that was inhabited until 1519. This small church with nave and two
asiles is very characteristic and inside you can still see some traces of XIII
century frescos. At San Simone there are still some "casini", the ancient and
sumptuous noble residences built in the XIII century. The protectress of San
Simone is the Madonna of the Graces, that is celebrated in September.
The nickname of the
inhabitants of Sannicola is "nniculari" , a dialectal word meaning "people from
The inhabitants of the villages near Sannicola have never given an offensive
nickname to the population of this small town.