Potenza is located North of beautiful mountains (Lucan Dolomites) and is the capital of Basilicata. The city is situated on the hills while the oldest part, the one that still resembles an old village, is located even higher.
There are many historical beauties in this city divided into high and low city and you will like it a lot and here you will soon discover the best things to do in Potenza.
The weather in Potenza is pretty awesome, in fact, you will be able to spend a rather mild winter and if you have time to travel to the mountains you will be able to see the snow and even going skiing.
This awesome atmosphere and climate bring people from all over the region Basilicata to discover its hills and mountains and fine arts in the city center.
If you are ready to find out the best places to hang out and discover in Potenza and what food to eat read on this article.
Potenza What To Do
The heart of the historic center of Potenza is via Pretoria. Here are the main shops of the city and the bars where you can meet friends and go out in bars.
Piazza Mario Pagano is the main square and home of the graceful Teatro Stabile and the church with the convent of San Francesco attached, the church is worth a visit inside.
The Cathedral of Potenza or the Cathedral of San Gerardo and the crypt are worth a visit. The Parade of the Turks is an unmissable folk show that celebrates the patron in May and if you are in power in May you must not miss it.
Torre Guevara was part of the ancient city castle and was built with stones carried by the Basento river and smoothed by the flow of water.
The Roman Villa of Malvaccaro is located just outside the historic center of Potenza and is a large stately home with a still intact central mosaic.
Around the city center, like in Bologna there is the Porte Of Potenza which are like gates that go to the city center from the ring and that are still awesome to visit.
The Roman Villa of Malvaccaro is another beautiful place to visit where it is possible to find a floor mosaic of about 120 square meters.
Basilicata is a beautiful region where you can find villages, lakes, rivers, streams and incredible natural landscapes like that of the Lucanian Dolomites. Castelmezzano, in the Lucanian Dolomites, is one of the most beautiful towns in the area
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Edicola di San Gerardo,
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Della Basilicata,
Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo,
Cattedrale di San Gerardo,
Ponte sul Basento,
Castello di Melfi,
Cammino Delle Sette Pietre,
Spiaggia di Acquafredda,
Spiaggia di Maratea.
Food In Potenza
Awesome food is very popular in this region and especially in Potenza we can find seafood and meat cooked very well.
There are many popular dishes in this region and the best way to try them out is by going to the restaurant and ask for the traditional dishes.
In Potenza, you will find a kind of handmade pasta called Gli Strascinati which is made with eggs and flour and usually served with a tomato sauce or tomato plus sausage meat.
Cavatelli e Cime di Rapa is another dish, the cavatelli is similar to the Strascinati but shorter, meanwhile, the Cime di Rapa is something that is eaten a lot in the nearby region of Puglia and is nothing less than green vegetables that taste strange.
In this region there is a lot of old people, this is good because many restaurants are managed still by old people that are able to keep the tradition of these dishes very high.
Potenza is the capital of the region Basilicata and is one of the tallest provinces in Italy, in fact from there you will be able to see a magnificent view.
This city is very nice to walk around and there are a lot of museums and beautiful things to discover. If you like to go hiking here you will be able to find the Lucan Dolomites which are beautiful mountains that have many hiking trails to walk on.
This region is not very visited by tourists except for Matera which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
If you are a good traveler you definitely want to go visit Potenza as well, at least you will be able to eat awesome food for sure.
I hope that you have some interest in visiting Potenza now and that this guide was a little helpful for you to decide about your trip.
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