The village of Sanza is absolutely worthy for a visit.

Laid down on a height, which strategically controls Bussento Valley, it preserves the typical structure of the medieval fortified center with the houses that follow in a concentric way the contour lines and are all around the Mother Church. Walking in the narrow and curvilinear little streets, which can finish into blind alleys or transforming into curved landscapes underlying the houses, it is easy to disorientate yourself, but this is the beauty of Sanza: casually wandering to discover the beautiful palaces with gates sculpted in the most varied ways, result of the modernization that on the XVIII century gave a new appearance to the medieval residential area.

It would be better to go up on foot until the Porta Pungente, one of the five doors that allowed entering the village, fortified by a wall today disappeared. The name of the door is explained remembering that this was the only usable access after the curfew, but it was necessary to suffer the punishment inflicted by a guard that pricked the latecomers when they passed!

The not faraway Curcio Palace presents a majestic bossage gate with the shatters of the door made of wood strengthened by nails. Through the gate, you enter, as it is usual in the palaces of this zone, an inner courtyard equipped with cistern and well for the domestic needs and stairs to reach the upper floors.

In the square of S. Martino there is an high Medieval bell tower, the rest of the medieval church, already interdicted in 1854.

  Church of S. Maria Assunta

In the heart of the village of Sanza, there is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Inside, the elements worthy to be observed are the simple baptismal font  of 1509 and the three stone busts of Padula depicting St. Joseph and the Child, St. Peter and St. Paul, signed by Andrea Carrara in 1742. It has been exactly the study of these art works to make recognize the hand of the artist in the sculpture of the façade of the Certosa.

  Medieval Bell Tower

The visit can finish in Via S. Giovanni, a little street in the most occidental part of the old town center, where there is Casa Cozzi, a characteristic crenellated palace with an austere stone gate. Knocking, you can ask the owners to make you visit the wonderful inner courtyard with a well adorned with stone puteal, on which the upper colonnade looks, reachable from the typical open Neapolitan great staircase.

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