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Lagonegro, Province of Potenza, Basilicata

This medieval town of narrow streets and steep stairways, on the western slope of the Sirino massif amid chestnut and alder woods, was built in a strategic position as a key communication center between the Vallo di Diano, Salerno and Naples on the one side, Calabria to the south and the whole Basilicata region. The town can easily be reached from the exit Lagonegro Sud on the Autostrada A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria.
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Provinces of Basilicata
Basilicata region
Matera | Potenza

Info

  • Population: about 6,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 85042
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0973

History

It was founded in the 9th-10th c. by a community of Byzantine monks, and traces of that period remain in the old part of the village, which stands on a rocky summit and is dominated by the ruins of a castle.

It is today a lively cultural and commercial center, as well as a tourist resort for the lovers of mountain climate. As for most of Southern Italy, a large part of the population emigrated first to Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, then after WW2 to France, Germany and Piedmont.

What to see

  • The church of San Cataldo probably built on a previous temple to Juno, with a fresco on the facade representing the Final Judgment by Antonio Cascini (1824) and an ancient portal decorated in stuccos. Inside works of the Cascini family, local artists of the 19th century.
  • The Lago Laudemio, a fine summer destination and also a skiing resort in winter

Where to stay