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San Paolo Albanese

Inhabitants: 280
Altitude: 843 m above s.l.

The town, which was probably founded by the Albanian refugees that had been expelled by Prince Pignatelli, offers numerous interesting places to visit: the Mother Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, St. Rocco and St. Francis’ chapels, Palazzo Smilari and Palazzo Blumetti, the ancient mills (Blumetti and Affuso) and the furnace in Giansilvio. Amongst the arbëreshë origins that are still alive in the area, there are: the techniques used to work brooms, wedding ceremonies  with songs, clothing, dances, and the traditional breaking of the glass at the end.



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