• 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.