Borgo di Cannavà

Since its 18th century origins, the “borgo di Cannavà”, has represented the heart of the agricultural activity on the farm.

From early on, Calabria’s industrial architecture, representative of an agricultural society in evolution, underwent rapid change from an archaic production system to one of modernization. Cannavà village, on the Gioia Tauro plains, represents an excellent example.

In particular, the St. Teresa Masseria was a model for the restructuring of production settlements, and was commissioned by Princess Maria Antonia Grimaldi – Serra di Gerace, who contracted the architect Giuseppe Porco to carry out the work. The new simplified structure was built between 1822 and 1855 and resembled something between a manor house and an agricultural settlement with an attached home for the owner-farmer.

Another important factor was that the owners were no longer absent from the running of the settlement but played a key role during the crucial phases of production.

The Cannavà complex was made of a series of buildings centred around a main square. Part of the structure was put aside for the peasants’ living quarters, for the oven, for the family chapel, for the canon’s living quarters, and on the opposite side there were storerooms and the owner’s living quarters. The square was crossed by a road network leading to the countryside and various production areas.

Today, the borgo of Cannavà,  conserve its artistic and rural patrimony thanks to the excellent management of Maria Eleonora and to the skill of the villagers, which is handed down from father to son.

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