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Banzi, Province of Potenza, Basilicata

The small town is situated on a hill near the Murge, and the surrounding territory is either forested or covered by fields; agriculture is still today the main activity.

Info

  • Population: about 1400 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 85010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0971
  • Patron Saint: St. Vito Martire, celebrated on 15 June
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Provinces of Basilicata
Basilicata region
Matera | Potenza

History

Banzi's ancient history relies on the so-called Tabula Bantina Osca, an epigraphic text on a bronze layer, the longest and most complex among those found in Oscan language with Latin characters, which is preserved at the National Museum of Naples.

Other remains of buildings, coins, fine ceramics and decorative ornaments prove that the site had some importance in Roman times. Banzi also boasted a famous spring, whose location or existence is not proven, immortalized by Horace in his "Fons Bandusiae".

What to see

  • The monastery of the Benedictines of Santa Maria, which dates from the early Middle Ages, consecrated by Pope Urbanus II in 1089 when he met here the children of Guiscard, his court and 33 bishops, to prepare for the Melfi Council. The abbey was built by the Lombards and dating from the late 8th century.
  • The "templum auguraculum in Terris", the only one of its kind and a "Roman house" with adjoining spa resorts, whose treasures made of amber or gold are scattered in various Italian museums.

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