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  • Potenza, the administrative capital of the Basilicata region and the highest such city in Italy, stands in the elevated valley of Basento, 819m above sea level. The many successive earthquakes that have struck this area of frequent seismic activity have unfortunately destroyed most of the old buildings. Today, the city looks rather modern, but a few interesting old monuments are still standing. The ...
    © Claudio Giovanni Colombo / 123RF
  • Potenza is located along the Apennine mountain chain, north of the Lucanian Dolomites in the upper Basento valley.
    © Claudio Giovanni Colombo / 123RF
  • It opened on 26th January 1881 in the presence of King Umerto I, Prince Amedeo, and the Queen of Italy, who attended a presentation of La Traviata.
    © Claudio Giovanni Colombo / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

Potenza, the administrative capital of the Basilicata region and the highest such city in Italy, stands in the elevated valley of Basento, 819m above sea level. The many successive earthquakes that have struck this area of frequent seismic activity have unfortunately destroyed most of the old buildings. Today, the city looks rather modern, but a few interesting old monuments are still standing. The cathedral, for example, was built in the 12th century and almost completely restored during the neoclassical period. The life of the National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata has not always been such a happy one: after first being damaged by a fire at the beginning of the century, it was then bombed during the Second World War. It currently holds all of the region's archaeological artefacts.

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