Miglionico is a historic hilltop town, overlooking the Bradano and Basento valleys. The picturesque old town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1980, however it has been mainly rebuilt since then and boasts beautifully restored houses alongside stunning historic churches that have somehow remained untouched.
The highlights of Miglionico are the mother church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which has a wonderful Renaissance portal, the small church of the Trinità, containing frescoes dating from the middle of the XV century, and the church of San Francesco, flanked by a small monastery containing a wonderful polyptych created in 1499 by Cima di Conegliano.
Miglionico was first fortified by the Byzantines and then later by the Normans. The 15th century was marked by Aragonese domination, who settled on the throne of Naples. During this period, Miglionico became famous when all the barons of the kingdom opposing Ferdinand I of Aragon, king of Naples, gathered in the Miglionico Castle, which belonged to the Sanseverino family and feigned an act of obedience to the king, while waiting for the Pope’s help.