It is a town in the province of Matera, located in the middle valley of Bradano, perched on a hill between the rivers Basento and Bradano, at short distance from the provincial main city. The discovery in the area of vases and tombs of the VI century B.C. evidence that the area was inhabited since ancient times. According to the traditions and some historians, Miglionico was founded by Milo, an Olympic athlete of Crotone of the VI century B.C., while according to others the name derives from Milo of Taranto, a Lieutenant of the Pyrrhus army . The village was first fortified by the Byzantines and then re-enforced by the Normans. Under the Aragonese, Miglionico became famous for the "Conspiracy of the Barons" (1458), a complot against King Ferdinand I of Naples in the Castle of San Severino. The town became a fief and was ruled by various local noble families.
Not to miss:
- the Castle of Malconsiglio, once a grand manor house, set in the highest part of the village, surrounded by fortified walls and watch towers. Today of the walls remain only a few traces while the towers are still visible, although most seem well set into the present urban grid;
- the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which features a Renaissance style portal, an altarpiece realized by Cima da Conegliano, a XVI century Baroque organ and precious paintings, including a Tintoretto;
- the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, also known as the Sodoma;
- the rural Church Our Lady of Porticella;
- the Convent of San Francesco