History

3 centuries of history

The country house was build at the end of the XVIII century by the married couple Nicola De Luca and Maddalena Vingelli, ancient lineage, landowners and traders in Naples.

Domenico Antonio De Luca, son of the couple De Luca, was a conspirator against the Bourbon and with his uncle the canonical De Luca was member of the faction Filadelfi. They conducted the Cilento to rebellion in the 1928.

This house was place where the canonical and the rebels met to plan insurrections. In fact the revolution started from Cilento and was extended to all the district of Salerno, Avellino and Napoli, so the King gave the constitution.

In the while the king Francesco I allowed the marshal Francesco Saverio Del Carretto full powers to put down the rebellion. Domenico Antonio De Luca was executed at Vallo della Lucania and his skull was exposed in square San Marco of Licusati for about twenty years as a warning for the population. The same thing happened to his uncle who was executed in Salerno. At the family De Luca all their goods were confiscated and so they moved in Napoli.

It was there that the known sculptor Prof. Luigi De Luca was born ( 1875-1938) and appreciated for his works.

He was teacher in the School of the Fine Arts in Naples and author of most monuments in Italy and abroad.

The sculptor used to go to Licusati and during his visits left eight works in particular the “winged Nikon “at the fallen monument. In the country house lived even the Dominican Padre Vincenzo Jervasi, jurisprudent and promoter of beatification and canonization. In the house he instituted an oratory where the young people were helped for their studies.

When the Dominican died the house was sold. Today the house is owned by Raffaele and Nunzia Grimaldi that thanks to their historical sensibility take care of the structure.