APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Potenza - Old Centre

The old centre is crossed by the narrow and cosy Via Pretoria, which once used to lead to the Castle of the XVI century, unfortunately, of it only a tower remains nowadays. On the sides of the main street, lanes and narrow streets spread and lead to characteristic corners, in which it is possible to see and feel shapes and colours of the past.

Via Pretoria cuts the centre in two and is run along by palaces that, tightened one against the other, frame the street, giving it a note of elegance.

Refined and sober palaces enrich the centre. In ‘Piazza Mario Pagano’, heart of the town, there are ‘Palazzo del Governo’ and the ‘Stabile’ Theatre, further away there are ‘Palazzo Giuliani’, ‘Palazzo Branca-Quagliano’, ‘Palazzo Galasso’ and ‘Palazzo Loffredo’.

Parallel to Via Pretoria, but narrower and more winding, there is the so-called ‘sacred road of churches’. Amongst narrow streets and lanes there are little pearls, such as the Romanesque Church of San Michele, San Francesco’s Church, of the XIII century, and the imposing Duomo of San Gerardo.

Near San Michele’s Church, there is ‘Borgo Santa Lucia’. With its lanes and its small houses, it represents one of the many evocative glimpses that enrich the town centre.

Potenza ‘is one of the places in Basilicata, together with Tito, Picerno, Pignola and Trecchina, where the Gaulish-Italian language is spoken. Probably because of migrations (XIII century) of peoples coming from the North of Italy (Monferrato), who amalgamated with local communities.’ (G. Rohlfs).


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