The palace of Vinciprova


The palace of Vinciprova was built at Pioppi in relation to the story of Ripoli, merchant family originating
in Catalonia, established in Pollica in the era of the domain of the Aragoneses verses Naples. Grown in
wealth, the Ripoli collided in the interests of dominance on Pollica with another Spanish family, of
Cortiglia, while had been forced behind the scenes of the richest indigenous families : Volpe, Farina, and
Cantarella. Of such rivalries and revenge that scourged the country for years is handed down even
through a known popular legend. In 1888 the palace belonged to the mayor Giuseppe Sodano, which
later would hand it over to Vinciprova of Omignano. " The Castle" as it is, still today, called by the people
Vinciprova’s palace, presents itself as a strong harmonious architectural structure, composed of three
parts: two side towers ending in terraces by arabesque boulders, while a central part unites them; the
sea front is embellished with a large porch that holds a splendid terrace overlying ,facing almost above
the waters. It is composed elegantly in Baroque lines and decorations of Moorish influence with a
desired visual effect of the castle, especially for the observer in navigation from the prosperous sea.
Today is the property of the Town Hall of Pollica that hosts some unique institutions related to the sea
and to the food of the vivid museum by the sea at ground level. Museum of the Mediterranean Diet: "
Ancel Keys", on the upper floor. In 1970 at the palace Vinciprova was held the Second International
Congress of Cardiology chaired by Professor Alberto Fidanza, in 1972 The Second Symposium "
Physiology of nutrition" promoted by Professor Flaminio Fidanza with the collaboration of Professor
Ciuffi and in 1987, was organized by the CNR the first Italian Seminar of epidemiology and cardiovascular
prevention with the interventions of Ancel Keyes, Stamler and Karvonen. Several historical events are
linked to the palace. The most significant concerns the Renaissance, when the little galleon “Emma”
came to the palace by the sea, guided by Alexandre Dumas (father), to supply the Garibaldi’s army
immersed in the Cilentan valleys of some hundreds of rifles and ammunition.