APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

The Normans

Taking advantage of the confusion that reigned everywhere, the Normans took possession of Melfi, thanks to the support of the Longobard princes who regarded them as allies.

Then the Emperor Henry III granted them the investiture which made them equal to the Longobard princes and their expansionist drive thus legitimized broke out.

The Pope asked the Emperor for help to stop them, but the army they lined up on the field was humiliated by the knights of Melfi.

The town in the Vulture area consequently became the centre of political activities in southern Italy.

In the council that took place there in 1054, Robert de Hauteville had his title recognized by the Pope, the Norman Counts declared themselves to be his vassals and he swore allegiance to the Pope, promising to protect him.

On his death his dominion might have broken up, but, after infinite vicissitudes, it came into the hands of Roger de Hauteville, who made the Pope recognize him King of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily in exchange for his protection.

Under Norman rule Basilicata recovered and a lot of large castles, cathedrals and monasteries were built.