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The town and the surroundings

The heart of the town is represented by the Francesco Mario Pagano square, which opens off the old Roman road, now called via Pretoria, overlooked by the Palzzo del Governo  (which contains the Prefecture and Provincial management offices) and the the Teatro Francesco Stabile (picture above). This theatre, planned on the lines of the San Carlo theatre in Naples, was opened on January 26, 1881 in the presence of king Umberto I and Queen Margherita di Savoia. It has been perfectly preserved and hosts many cultural events and performances which take place in the town.

The National Archeological Museum of Basilicata “Dinu Adamesteanu”


The National Archeological Museum of Basilicata “Dinu Adamesteanu” puts on display the results of important research carried out in the central-northern part of Basilicata and is at the same time a showcase of the complex archeological history of a region which was a privileged meeting-place between peoples of different extractions and culture in the Mediterranean area.  The Museum is divided into two stories according to a chronological and territorial criterion, which offers the visitor a general picture of the archeology of the entire region, as well as an insight into the valuable relics discovered over time in the Potenza territory. The Museum, situated on the prestigious premises of the Palazzo Loffredo (cent. XVII) in the historical centre of the town, is dedicated to Dinu Adamesteanu, a scholar of international level as well as the founder of the Lucanian archeology. (Via A. Serrao – Tel. 0971/323111)

The Provincial Archeological Museum


The Provincial Archeological Museum contains a permanent archeological exhibition, which shows the chrono-cultural historical development of the three main forms of population of Ancient Lucania (Enotri, Greeks and Lucanians) from the archaic age to the Roman age, the pre-protohistorical section dedicated to Francesco Ranaldi, the Lapidarium, a selection of steles, inscriptions and statues dating back to  ancient Potentia. It also hosts temporary exhibitions.

The Diocesan Museum


The Diocesan Museum shows a wealth of sacred silverware coming from the Treasures of the Cathedral, many of which are on display for the first time such as: chalices, ciboria, crosses, reliquaries,  monstrances created by silversmiths from Naples between the 16th and the 19th century apart from paintings on canvas and wooden boards which come from the Bishop’s Palace and the San Francesco Church plus ancient texts such as a miniated 15th century Bible and a 1600 parochial Register kept in the Cathedral archives and also valuable handmade textiles. (Via Vescovado – tel. 0971 21637)
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In Palazzo Loffredo ha sede la Galleria Civica che ospita mostre, prevalentemente d'arte contemporanea, ed eventi culturali.
The Civic Gallery  can be found on the Palazzo Loffredo premises and  hosts mainly contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events.
For research to be noted are the Potenza Public Records Office established in 1812, the Potenza National and Provincial Libraries, the Historical Archives of the Province of Potenza, the Municipality Archives and the Diocesan Historical Archives.
Source: www.basilicata.beniculturali.it

The historic-artistic path


The historic-artistic path which winds through the city centre has the advantage of descriptive QR codes. The San Gerardo Cathedral, the San Francesco Church and Cloister are worth visiting. A wealth of works of art are to be admired in the Santa Maria del Sepolcro Church (extra moenia). Among the celebrations worth mentioning is that of the patron Saint, San Gerardo, with the “Historical parade of the Turks” which takes place on 29th May..

The surroundings of the town


There are many places of interest located at just a few kilometers from Potenza towards the south-east along the old via Appia route, among which worth mentioning are the Serra di Vaglio and Rossano archeological sites (VIII-III cent. BC), with the ruins of the goddess Mephitis’s temple (IV-II cent. BC), apart from the Museum of the history of the ancient Lucanian people. To the south-west the mountain landscapes of  Rifreddo, Sellata and Arioso with their ski resorts. Also worth visiting are the villages of Anzi, Abriola, Cancellara, Vaglio and Pignola, whose territory hosts the Pantano WWF natural reserve. To the north-west you can see the Archeopark of Basileus which has a ludo-didactic path on the history of the Peuketiantes (native populations settled in the northern Basilicata inner mountain areas) set up in the Baragiano archeological area (VI cent. BC).

The “Single Lining” and the Lucanian Dolomites


Coming from Potenza towards the south-east along the SS 407 Basentana highway, which connects Potenza to Matera and Metaponto, you can come across one of the most stupendous views in the whole of Basilicata: the regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti lucane with its characteristic rock peaks and the villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa clinging to the mountains. It has been a few years since the Park began to offer a wonderful “journey”, attracting people from all over the world. The “Single Lining”: you will wear security equipment attached to a steel cable and you can feel the thrill of flying and at the same time feel enchanted by the beauty of breathtaking countryside or singly or with a companion.
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