Lauria, Province of Potenza, Basilicata
- Population: about 14,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 85044
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0973
- Frazioni & Localities: Acqua delle Donne, Borgo Selucci, Bivio Selucci, Canicella, Cavallo, Cogliandrino, Grenile, Finitime, Iacoia, Iacoia di Sotto, Madonna del Carmine, Mazzarella, Melara Ovo della Vacca, Montegaldo, Pecorone, Piano Cataldo, Pietraferrata, Piscitella, Rosa, Rosa di Sotto, Santa Barbara, Santa Fiomena, San Giuseppe, Seluci, Senno, Taverna del Postiere, Timparossa, Timpone di Seluci.
Provinces of Basilicata
The ancient economy was based on a lively crafts sector, which produced ropes, marble, leather. It was called "il paese che cammina" (the walking village) because of the instability of the terrain, which gives easily origin to landslides.
History - The Middle Ages
History - from the Renaissance
During the French occupation (1799-1811) French general Massena in 1806 invaded the town guilty of rebellion and slaughtered hundreds of people, among them women, children, burning and destroying all public buildings and churches.
What to see
- In the borgo inferiore, Parish Church of San Giacomo in Lauria, which was granted a special privilege by Pope Pius IX in 1876: whenever the patron's day is on a Sunday, the people who visit with repentant spirit the church receive a plenary indulgence.
- The parish church of of San Nicola di Bari, originally of the 15th century, but completely destroyed by the French in 1806.
- The Santuario della Madonna dell'Armo, also seriously damaged in 1806, on the rock over the Valley of the Noce river, an ancient monastery of Basilian monks.
- The Castle of Ruggiero, from the name of admiral Ruggiero from Lauria, with an 8-sided plan, with only one entrance on the eastern side through very steep steps excavated in the rock.