A village in the Metapontino area rich in charm and history, Rocca Imperiale stands out not only for its castle and various attractions but also for its traditions, which are expressed in enchanting religious festivals. Among them, the most famous is undoubtedly the celebration of the Madonna della Nova, an event that unfolds over three specific periods.

Every year, the sacred icon of the Madonna is carried in a procession on the first Saturday after Easter from the Santuario delle Cesine through the streets of the village, ending at the Chiesa Madre. This unmissable event is not only for the faithful but also for tourists, who can enjoy mild weather (with temperatures around 18°C), a unique atmosphere, and the tranquility that permeates the village of Alto Ionio Cosentino. What better opportunity to admire the swallows flying in the sky, the lively streets of Rocca Imperiale, and the sunny, clean seafront of the town?

Madonna della Nova: The Subsequent Stages

The traditional festivities certainly don’t end here: the two subsequent stages of the Madonna della Nova – celebrated on the Sunday following its procession through the streets of Rocca Imperiale – take place on the first two days of July. During the patronal festival of the Cosenza village, the icon is returned to the chapel of the Santuario after being celebrated in the town. This two-day event is packed with activities that annually attract many tourists from all over the country and beyond, who take the opportunity to enjoy the sun, the sea, and the local food and wine, with pleasant temperatures and breathtaking scenery.

Religious celebrations intersect with civil ones in August as well, from the 12th of the month to the eve of Ferragosto. To fully experience the beauty, culture, and entertainment offered by the Metapontino village, it is advisable to book a holiday home or B&B well in advance. This will allow you to have an immersive tourist experience and, even if only for a short time, become a genuine citizen of the marvelous Rocca Imperiale.