Name of the place / building: “Sentiero di Eleonora d’Aragona”
Short description of the building/place:
The pathway “Sentiero di Eleonora di Aragona” is an old pathway in Tramonti that connect the hamlet Corsano with the cemetery and the hamlet Capitignano. Tramonti is a town along 2 valleys of Tramonti, and Tramonti has a huge network of pathways that in the past were the main connections to get from one place to another. Nowadays, many of them are abandoned.
What is nowadays the cemetery of the town has not always been. It used to be a Castle of Medieval Age, lying on a central position on a hill in the middle of Tramonti, from where the view extends over most part of the territory and is limited only by the Sea in the South and by the mountain chain of the Monti Latteri in the East, West and North.
The pathway is part of the hike of the “13 churches”, a popular hike in Tramonti and can be walked as part of the whole trail or just by itself to visit the cemetery.
Event name: Volunteering and visiting the Pathway of Eleonora di Aragona
Event date: 14.7.2022 and 9.8.2022 (same event, 2 different groups of volunteers)
In Tramonti, any experience will necessarily include a hike or at least a walk, traditional food, and company. This is therefore also how we organized the site visit to the pathway of Eleonora d’Aragona with 15 international volunteers in the middle of July. We did a cleanup of the environment of the area, we presented the RESCUE project on this occasion, and we discussed the curiosity of the day: How did the Castle of Eleonora D’Aragona become the cemetery?
Together we had fresh lemonade, we discussed the general importance of public spaces and the particular importance of the pathways and terraced landscape for people of Tramonti. And we did this in good company. What would an amazing view over the green valley of Tramonti until the Sea in the South be without being able to share it?
And to answer the open question: the decision to convert the castle to a cemetery was based upon its distance to other parts of the village and its characteristic to avoid contagion of potential illnesses; and it was against its other major characteristic, which is to be a wonderful panoramic point of interest of Tramonti.