Province of Potenza

Basilicate, Italy

Province of Potenza
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About Province of Potenza

The Province of Potenza (Italian: Province of Potenza; Potentino: provìgnë dë Pùtenzë) is a province of Basilicata in southern Italy. Its capital is the city of Potenza.


It has an area of 6,594.44 square kilometers (2,546.13 square miles) and a total population of 369,538 (as of 2017). There are 100 municipalities (singular: comune) in the province (see Municipalities of the Province of Potenza).

The province is characterized by various natural landscapes, ranging from the Monticchio mountain lakes, from the Lucanian forest, from the Monte Sirino massif, from the large Pollino National Park (shared by Calabria) and from the Tyrrhenian coast of Maratea. The largest city is Potenza, followed by Melfi.


In 272 BC the province was conquered by the Romans. The new rulers called the Lucania region. In the 11th century the area became part of the Duchy of Puglia, which was ruled by the Normans at the time. From the thirteenth century it was part of the Kingdom of Naples, although Potenza was ruled by local vassals. In 1861, the province was unified with the rest of Italy in the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

The region has suffered from numerous earthquakes in historical times and is still a seismically active area.

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