Potenza is the capital of Basilicata. Nestled within the Apennine Mountains, the city overlooks the Basento River valley.
The city was founded in Roman times however most of the town itself was destroyed by an earthquake in 1857. On top of this the remaining structures suffered significant damage in World War II. As a result, Potenza has lost many of its ancient and medieval buildings but it is still a vibrant city definitely worth visiting.
The historic centre of Potenza is located in the upper part of the city and the square of Mario Pagano provides a perfect base for exploring the town.Via Pretoria runs east to west across the city and is packed with bars, shops and restaurants, as well as cultural, architectural and historical buildings including the Palazzo del Governo, the recently restored Francesco Stabile theatre, and the church of San Francesco d’Assisi which was founded in 1274. The church houses the De Grasis sepulchre and a 13th century Madonna in the Byzantine style that is worth visiting. The Romanesque church of San Michele Arcangelo, dating back to the 11th century, has many beautiful artworks including over 500 ancient frescos, one of which depicts St. Michele slaying the dragon. Also worth visiting is the Torre Guevara, the last remnant of an old castle which now hosts art exhibitions.
At an altitude of 819 metres, it is the highest regional capital in Italy.

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