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FRAZIONE OF THE COMMUNE OF SANTA CESAREA TERME

The origins of Vitigliano are ancient as the recovery of a menhir of the Bronze Age testifies. In the past "Cisternale"there used to be huge vineyards belonging to the noble people of Castro. In this case, the toponym might derive from the Latin word "vitiarium" meaning vineyard. According to an other hypothesis  the centre was founded by the Roman centurion Vitelio, who got this land for his courage on the battleground. He made build his own house and that of his soldiers and then the village got bigger and bigger. Here you can visit an ancient underground monument dating back to the Messapian period  and some churches as that of St Mary of the Pity and of St. Michael Archangel,  both  built  in the XVIII century.

 

 

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