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Rionero in Vulture, Province of Potenza, Basilicata

Located on the slopes of Monte Vulture, it is well-known in Italy for its wealth of mineral waters, and is also home to the CROB, a center on cancer research of national importance.
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Provinces of Basilicata
Basilicata region
Matera | Potenza

Info

  • Altitude: 656 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 13,000 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 85028
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0972
  • Patron saints: San Marco celebrated on 25 April, Madonna del Carmelo, Santi Medici, San Mauro

What to see

  • The small tourist centre of Monticchio Bagni, surrounded by alder, poplar and turkey oak woods, and rich in excellent springs of mineral waters coming from the volcanic Vulture massif, where in the early 20th century the Lanari family started a process of renewal by cultivating part of the wooded areas, bottling the health-giving mineral waters and also using these water-sources to generate electricity.
  • The church of Santissimo Sacramento, or "Chiesa dei Morti". It was built on the site of the ancient church of Santa Maria di Rivonigro, the heart of the primitive inhabited center that disappeared in the first half of the 14th century. In 1530 it was a rural parish granted to the Albanians, who practiced the Greek rite until 1627, when the bishop of Melfi, Diodato Scaglia, led them to the Latin rite. Originally the building consisted of a single nave, but in 1794 it was enlarged with the addition of a lateral nave. In the sacristy there is a 16th century canvas, "Madonna col Bambino e San Giovanni", by Luca Giordano.

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