The WWF Oasis “Caves of the Bussento River”An ideal habitat for rare species of wildlifeMorigerati and its hamlet Sicilì are located in a hilly area of Cilento just a few miles from the Gulf of Policastro coast. Morigerati, small town of about 800 inhabitants, houses the WWF Oasis, where is possible to admire the resourgence of the Bussento river. The WWF Oasis was founded in the 1985, it's 607 hectares wide and is member of UNESCO Global Geoparks network since it preserves a significant karst phenomena. Born from the southern slope of the Mount Cervati, near Caselle in Pittari, the Bussento river sinks into a large sinkhole and later it re-emerges after few miles in the area of Morigerati. The bottom of the Bussento river gorge is an ideal ecological preserve for rare and endangered wildlife species. At the WWF Oasis ticket office you can ask information and book guided tour. From here, walking along an easy mule track you will reach the entrance to the Caves of the Bussento river and descending a staircase carved into the limestone and passing throught a wooden bridge you can cross the river that flow from the rock below. Outside, the whole area is worth a visit for the beautiful naturalistic landscape, don't forget to visit also the ancient water mill, restored and currently in working condition.
Morigerati and Sicilì historical centersIdeal small towns to spend pleasant weekends and short breaksMorigerati is a typical medieval small town that still preserves the original architectural characters.
Perched on a rocky outcrop, on a defense position, the built-up area develops on several levels closed in concentric rings around the centre represented by the ancient church of St. Demetrius and the Baronial Palace.
The old town, made up of many alleys, passageway and small squares, still has the charm of bygone days when both natural and added elements were perfectly matched.
The old town of Sicilì was born along the slope of the Mount Mamino and the built-up area grew because of the presence of several streams which originally crossed the village. Today the old town centre is represented by the church of the SS. Annunziata, while around is spread the new town.
For its historical and cultural heritage and for the way it has integrated its sustainable and eco-friendly hospitality facilities with the natural environment, Morigerati has been certified with the Orange flag, the Italian Touring Club quality seal (reward for the Best Small Towns in Italy).
Morigerati and Sicilì: ideal small towns to spend pleasant weekends and short breaks, to discover flavors and traditions, nature and the typical atmosphere of a slow and sustainable tourism.
The Ethnographic Museum of MorigeratiThe Ethnographic Museum of Morigerati reflects the story of a continuously changing realityThe Ethnographic Museum is a local cultural institution which safeguards objects and documents concerning the traditions and customs of the Bussento area. The sisters Clorinda and Modestina Florenzano, from the Sixties began to collect objects of common use and especially working tools and textile articles. Thousands of everyday objects were thus saved and stored thanks to the Florenzano's sisters who in a period of great change understood the importance of preserving the historical memory of this area. The Ethnographic Museum of Morigerati houses about 3.000 objects, hundreds of photographs, audio recordings of biographical narratives, video about craft activities and local festivals, which remember an ancient past that is still a living memory for the elders of the village. The qualified staff of the museum guide visitors and organizes also educational activities for schools. Since the 1994 it is owned by the town centre of Morigerati and in 2008 it has been recognized museum of regional interest by the Campania Region. Currently the museum is directed by the anthropologist Luciano Blasco.