Located on the Calabrian-Lucan border was built on a mountain that reaches 865 m. s.l.m.
Nocara dominates the entire valley, with a breathtaking view over the entire coast, distant, approximately 11 km. Its territory falls into the hinterland of the Ionian high cosentino extends up to the mountainous masses of the Calabro-Lucano Apennines.
It extends for about 33 square kilometers immersed in greenery, in a mix of history, legend and nature and traditions. Often, these are detached from scientific rigor to make room for the party spirit in wanting to noble communal origins. The charm of myths and legends place Nocara at the center of numerous traditions that still tense the minds of scholars. Tradition indicates Nocara as the hometown of Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator who allowed the crucifixion of Christ.
Nocara is the place, always according to a legend, where Epeo and his companions stopped and built the mythical town of Lagaria. The name “Lagarino” given to the medieval castle, erected on top of the hill from which the country develops, keeps alive this legend, despite numerous sites contending for the descendants of Epeo.
Although it is not possible to confirm the coincidence between Lagaria and the current Nocara, the attribution of continuity between the two settlements by various ancient, modern authors gives us the memory of the Greek presence in the area.
Finally, the references to the Odyssey could not be missed. According to a scholar of Homeric Geography, the Noce Plan was referred to as the place where the cave of Polifemo cyclope was, which kept Ulysses and his companions.
The morphological characteristics of the territory suggest occupation since prehistoric and protostorical times.
Played an important role in controlling the underlying areas due to the dominance of the entire valley leading to the sea.
On the slopes of the watershed on which Nocara is built stands the Convent of St. Mary of the Antropics, the cultural complex born on the ashes of a pagan worship place.
Formed by the addition of several constructions realized in several phases, the construction that is being observed today is of the sixteenth-century factory.
The church rises just below a cave. Within which, according to tradition, the statue of Our Lady would be found. Dating back to the 18th century, it is the parish church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. In its interior, in the Baroque style, various works can be admired. Among these precious silvers of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, an Ecce Homo and a bust of St. Nicholas of remarkable artistic significance.
To embrace the whole inhabited area of Nocara, large oaks and chestnut trees.
For lovers of the most traditional culinary art you can not miss the appointment with the pork festival. This takes place each year on August 10 in the center of the country.
Five days later, in Nocara’s Sabbath, the Feast of the Assumption is celebrated at the Sanctuary of the Antropics. This recurrence takes on the traditional meaning of thanksgiving for the harvest of fields.