Garaguso, Province of Matera, Basilicata

This agricultural center is located in the Apennines, in the upper valley of the Cavone river, north of the province.


  • Altitude: 492 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1100 inhabitants in 2010
  • Zip/postal code: 75010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0835
  • Patron Saint: St. Gaudenzio, celebrated on 14 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Parata
  • Distance from Matera: 58 km.


Archaeological research showed that the area was inhabited since prehistoric times, then was colonized by the Lucani. Important findings are kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata (in Potenza, palazzo Loffredo), documenting an indigenous culture from the Iron Age to the 5th century BC and the subsequent Hellenization.

In the Catalogus Baronum, drawn up under Guglielmo II, an Adam de Garagusa is mentioned, while in a bull of 1060 Garaguso was mentioned as belonging to the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Tricarico. It was a fief of the Sanseverino, Poderico and the House of Palo, and finally of the Revertera family.


What to see

  • The parish church of San Nicola, preserving a clay sculpture of the 15th century of the Madonna della Puglia (Our Lady of Apulia), a silver reliquary, and a canvas painted in 1761 by Fra Deodato from Tolve
  • The Revertera palace of the 18th century, with a fine loggia with three arches.

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