Potenza province is a true jewel that deserves to be discovered with patience and passion. The surface of a precious stone under changing light creating multiple and unexpected reflections perfectly demonstrates versatility of local natural landscapes, historical and artistic heritage of Potenza and all the charm of an area full of surprises and enchanting views.
From the sea to the mountains, enchantment without interruption
Geographical variety is one of the main treasures of the province. Rich natural heritage is based on over 6,600 km² of territory making it the seventh largest province in Italy, Province of Potenza embraces within its horizon the wonderful Lucanian Dolomites, connected by picturesque valleys, such as Valle del Basento which also houses the capital city and a short coastal stretch culminating in the fabulous seaside town of Maratea.
From artistic centers to ancient villages carved in stone
Historical and cultural heritage in addition to Potenza province, also called Vertical City or City of the Hundred Stairs because of its escalators that is European absolute record and second place in the world after Tokyo. This authentic jewel of the region preserves countless sites of great artistic and architectural depth.
Iconic Castle of Lagospole is a perfect example of medieval fortress of Frederick II, dating back to the 11th century, which housed Federico II's son, Manfredi di Sicilia, who favored that place over Palermo as the capital of Empire. Six centers listed in the prestigious list of Most Beautiful Villages of Italy include Acerenza, Castelmezzano, Guardia Perticare, Pietrapertosa, Venosa and Viggianello.