Montescaglioso, Province of Matera, Basilicata

The town rises on a hill over the fertile valley of the Bradano river and the Matera ravine in the archaeological, historical and natural area of the Murgia Materana park, and is an important historical-cultural center, known as the "city of monasteries" for the presence of four monastic complexes.


  • Population: about 9,800 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 75024
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0835
  • Demonym: montesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Rocco celebrated on 16 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Pianelle, Vetrano.


Montescaglioso was the site of one of the most important Benedictine monasteries in Basilicata.

What to see

  • The abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, at the top of the town, surrounded by 15th-century walls, hosting cycles of frescoes of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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