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Potenza is a beautiful city and commune in Italy, located more exactly within the region of Basilicata (formerly known as Lucania), in the Potenza province, being the capital of the province and the region at the same time. The history of Potenza goes back to the Roman times, when the first settlement was probably located at a lower elevation than it is now. Currently, Potenza is the highest regional capital and one of Italy's highest provincial capitals, overlooking the valley of the Basento river. According to the 2009 census, Potenza has a total population of 68,608 residents and spans on a total area of 67 square miles (173 sq km).
Top Attractions within Potenza
The Cathedral of San Gerardo (Duomo) is a beautiful religious building in Potenza, dating back to the 12th century. The cathedral was renovated in the 18th century, but it still features the rose window and the apse from the original structure.
The Church of San Francesco is another great religious building in Potenza you should visit. The church was built in 1274, but the bell tower and the portal are from the 15th century. Inside the church, you will see the De Grasis sepulcher and a Madonna in Byzantine style from the 13th century.
The Palazzo Lofftredo is an exquisite palace in Potenza that was built in the 17th century and served a noble residence. Currently, the palace is home to the Dinu Adamesteanu National Archaeological Museum, which puts on display a wide array of artifacts and archaeological findings.
Religious sites. Just like any other Italian city, Potenza has many churches and religious buildings. Besides the aforementioned cathedral and church, you can also visit the Romanesque church of San Michele, and the Church of Santa Maria del Sepolcro.
The Torre Guevara is a historic site and landmark of Potenza, as it designates the last remnant of an old castle. Nowadays, the Torre Guevara is used to stage art exhibitions of both local and international artists.