Potenza, Province of Potenza, Basilicata

The town of Potenza, the highest provincial capital above sea level in Italy, is built between two valleys.
The town was mostly rebuilt after an earthquake in 1857. Thus the earthquakes and the severe damage caused during World war II have lost the town many of its historical buildings. Consequently the overall impression is one of a modern city.


  • Altitude: 825 m a.s.l.
  • Population: about 68,000 inhabitants in 2011
  • Zip/postal code: 85100
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0971
  • Patron Saint: St. Gerardo from Potenza, celebrated on May 30th
  • Administrative divisions (19 quarters): Betlemme, Bucaletto, CEP, Cocuzzo - Serpentone, Francioso, Gallitello, Libertà, Lucania, Macchia Giocoli, Macchia Romana, Malvaccaro, Mancusi, Murate, Pagliarelle, Parco Aurora, Europa Unita (ex Poggio Tre Galli), Rossellino, San Rocco, Santa Maria, Santa Croce, Zona Industriale.

What to see

  • The church of San Francesco just off the main Piazza Pagano; a treasure of the church is the Byzantine icon of the "Madonna del Terremoto" (Our Lady of the Earthquake).
  • The Museo Archeologico Provinciale, which contains many artifacts from the times of Roman Basilicata.

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