The town is situated at the feet of Alburni mountains, under Forloso and Pietralata mountain in a territory covered by pines, ilexes, beeches. It is on the valley crossed by Onofrio River, an affluent of Tanagro and it is a nice Middle Ages town. In the past it was called “Abetina” because there where many firs (abeti). Petina has wonderful landscapes.
San Nicola di Bari Church is very interesting: it was built in XIV century and has a beautiful stone portal made in 1510.
Wood strawberry festival in June is very nice.
Maybe it was founded around XI century. It was an independent University until it became a Municipality. The phrase “Università di Petina” mentioned in the documents and in the public inscriptions indicated the majority of the representatives of the families that lived in the town.
In the past it was called “Abetina” because there where many firs (abeti). The highest point is called Castle, situated in a place called “la costa”. It was not a castle, but a small fortress built in the rock. Around it many houses were built.
FOLKLORE AND EVENTS
• Sant’Onofrio, the Patron, Feast (1st/2nd August)
• Summer in Petina with several events such as “Pasta and beans” the 15th of August and a night dedicated to pizza
• Wood strawberry festival (June)
• Carnival in Petina (February)
MONUMENTS AND NATURAL BEAUTIES
• Palazzo Monaci, of late 1700, seat of the town hall
• San Nicola di Bari Church, it was built in XIV century and has a beautiful stone portal made in 1510
• Sant’Onofrio Monastery, built in XII century
• Corpus Domini Chapel, with the statues of the Holy Child and Saint Joseph
• Picco del Figliolo with a wonderful panorama
• La Pila, a wonderful area made of woods and plains
• Astronomic Observatory, near Casone refuge, in Aresta hamlet
• Fontana Vecchia, a fountain built in XVI century with a circular basin.
• Fontana di Capodacqua, between Petina and Sicignano degli Alburni
• Water mill: outside the mill there is a series of arches that delimitate a terrace
Testi: Stefania Maffeo