Walking around the city center, I come across a church, chiesa madre S. Maria delle Neve (XV century).
Beside the main entry of chiesa madre, you find the statues of Pietro and Paolo, with spooky eyes.
I get a coffea in the main plaza, beside Palazzo Imperiali.
Latiano hosts a fantastic historic house museum called Fondazione Casa-Museo Ribezzi Petrosillo, run by Vittoria Ribezzi and her niece Bianca Ribezzi.
Bianca guides me through the exhibition.
She is very passionate and proud of what her family does for the local community.
I am very impressed by the archaeological artifacts displayed, which date back VI-III century BC.
The artefacts come from Muro Tenente, a Messapian archaeological site located 1 mile from Latiano.
The University of Amsterdam, led by the Professor Gert Jan Burgers, has carried out archaeological digs (1992-2002) in Muro Tenente.
I went there to see this site, which is pretty vast.
Part of the Messapian walls are still visible.
The historic house museum hosts rare artifacts such as the scepter Hermes, God of trade, thieves, travelers, athletes and guide to the Underworld.
I see displayed fantastic golden necklaces and earrings.
Cistercian monks are settled in the monastery of Cotrino, which incorporates part of the site of Muro Tenente.
Around 20 years ago, some of these monks have destroyed the site included in their property.
This kind of abuse against the Italian archaeological heritage occurs on regular basis.
It should not be tolerated anymore!
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