Wednesday, April 2nd 8:00 am – 9:15 am State Capital Building, Rotunda Join us as we celebrate and honor the sister city programs throughout the state and the many volunteers involved with these organizations. Sponsored by State Representatives Paul Learn more
2014 Tour of Potenza and Southern Italy Journey across exotic Southern Italy, from the eternal city of Rome into the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, the luxury of thermal spas, the flavour of local cuisine and the delightful intrigues of the Learn more
Water to Wine WINE TASTING Denver Sister Cities International Potenza’s Italian Wine Tasting Thursday, March 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm 9608 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village, CO 80112 $28 in advance $32 at the door Focus of this fabulous Learn more
Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament! Saturday, November 16th 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mickey’s Top Sirloin 6950 North Broadway Denver, 80221 Cost of $25 per person includes: Continental Breakfast, lunch, prizes for 1st place team To Register: Teams of 4 Learn more
Due to weather, this event has been cancelled. Watch for updates on rescheduling the event. The DSCI Potenza Committee Presents: Amore di Bocce! Mark your calendars and come join us for lots of fun at our Second Annual Learn more
Mark your calendars and come join us for lots of fun at our Third Annual Spring Bocce Tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mickey’s Steak House 6950 N. Broadway Cost of $25 per Learn more
The Denver-Potenza Committee will host a Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting at Water2Wine, 9608 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village, CO onThursday, February 14, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm. The cost of the wine tasting is $25 per person in advance of the event Learn more
2013 Tour of Potenza and Southern Italy Italian Pageantry and Handicrafts Tour May 24 – June 2, 2013 10 days This customized small-group tour includes the following: Start in Rome Potenza – guided tour, visit with Learn more
The 2012 trip to Potenza has been cancelled.
- Potenza, Italy is the capital city of the region of Basilicata.
- This little city was previously a Roman municipality.
- Because of its power and position, both geographically and politically, the city has experienced considerable growth in recent years, including a population increase.
- In ancient times, Basilicata was known as Lucania and contained Greek colonies.
- In the third century, it was conquered by the Romans and became the third region of Italy under Roman rule.
- In 435 A.C., it fell under the rule of Odaocer, the first barbarian of Italy, followed by the Ostrogoths, Lombards, the Duchy of Benenvento, and, finally, under Byzantine domination.
- The region contains a mountain range called L’Appennino Lucano, which is quite high and also volcanic. The active volcano, II Vulture, is 1,330 meters high. Much of the surrounding area is uninhabitable.
- Despite the volcanic activity, the region is abundant in wild animals, especially birds. Inhabitants of Potenza pride themselves on the abundance of the flora and fauna.
- Basilicata is also famous for its artisans, and also produces wheat, corn, oil, wool and silk.
- Similar geographic climates and a passion and pride for the local environment made Potenza a good match for Denver.
- Potenza became a Denver sister city in 1983.
- Since that time, Denver has enjoyed visits from official delegations, many musical organizations (opera), and high school and community member exchanges.
- The committee continues to hold bi-annual bocce tournaments to fundraise.
- Recently, they also held their first wine tasting as another cultural event to make Italian culture more accessible to the Denver community.
- The committee has also participated in the Festival Italiano to promote knowledge of Italian culture.
- Another prominent initiative is the provision of scholarships to students to be able to study abroad in Potenza.
- Since 2010, the committee has organized three community trips to Potenza, enabling Denver community members to experience the culture of the sister city, with aid of Potenza locals.
The official city website (in Italian)
For English speakers
Chair: Anne Griffin