Comune di Sant’Agata del Bianco
Famous for being the birth-town of writer Saverio Strati, Sant’Agata del Bianco overlooks the whole Jonium coast from Capo Spartivento to Punta Stilo. Founded in 1349, it was a rich and flourishing village until 1783, when it was razed by a devastating earthquake which destroyed most of its historical patrimony. Among the very few architectural items which survived the seismic waves are the Church of Saint Agata and the remains of Ignazio Franco’s Palace, the last baron of Sant’Agata, which include the original 15th-century portal.
The tradition of the pezzare, the characteristic blankets made of fabric scraps that have become a symbol of local handy-crafting, is still alive in town.