Nova Siri, Province of Matera, Basilicata
- Altitude: 355 m a.s.l
- Population: about 6800 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 75020
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0835
- Demonym: novasiresi
- Patron Saint: St. Giuseppe at Nova Siri Paese, celebrated on 19th March and Sant'Antonio at Nova Siri Marina, celebrated on June 13th
- GPS Coordinates: 40°9'N 16°32'E
- How to reach it: In the heart of the ancient Magna Grecia and within easy reach of a multitude of archeological sites, Nova Siri is well connected both by train, through the railway line Taranto-Sibari and by road through state road 106.
History - The Greek Period
The colony flourished thanks to the fertility of the land and industry of its people, arousing the envy of neighboring colonies Sibaris, Metapontum and Kroton which invaded Siritides and destroyed its capital. The refugees sought shelter on high ground nearby and a group of them settled on a hill of a necropolis.
History - from Roman Times onwards
The ancient name Boletum gave origin to the toponymic Bullite, which under the Anjou occupation was mentioned in 1269 as a fiefdom of Giovanni di Monforte, and was until 1816 part of the Calabria region. After the unity of Italy, in 1872 the name Bollita was changed into Nova Siri.
What to see
- The historical centre with the quarter called Porticella, and its typical "lamie", vaulted arches, over the narrow lanes.
- The Palazzo Settembrini, native home of Italian patriot Luigi Settembrini.
- At contrada Sant'Alessio, the Vasche di Sant'Alessio, basins of Roman times with sulphurous water.
- At Marina di Nova Siri the ruins of a roman Imperial Villa called "Cigno dei Vagni".
- The parish church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, with baroque facade and a belletower rebuilt in 1866 after the desctruction caused by an earthquake in 1857; inside, a carved wood choir made in 1753 by artisans from Lagonegro.
- At contrada Sulla the Chapel of the Madonna della Sulla.
Where to stay
- The official website of the Comune of Nova Siri.