Grassano

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Grassano
Comune
Comune di Grassano
Coat of arms of Grassano
Coat of arms
Grassano is located in Italy
Grassano
Grassano
Location of Grassano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°38′N 16°17′E / 40.633°N 16.283°E / 40.633; 16.283
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Matera
Government
 • Mayor Vito Magnante
Area
 • Total 41 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation 576 m (1,890 ft)
Population (December 2009)
 • Total 5,512
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym Grassanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 75014
Dialing code 0835
Patron saint Saint Innocent
Saint day September 22
Website Official website

Grassano is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is located between the Bradano and Basento rivers, at an elevation ranging from about 150 to 576 metres (492 to 1,890 ft) above the sea level. The town proper is 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Matera and 59 kilometres (37 mi) from the regional capital, Potenza.

History[edit]

Grassano was founded around 1000 AD, the first official document including the town's name is dated 1123 and was known as "castellum quod vocatur Crassanum". In the 15th century, Grassano was officially a rural seat of the Tricarico's Diocese. Grassano's people later asked King Ladislaus of Naples for an independence act, and Grassano has remained an independent village since January 19, 1414.

Carlo Levi was arrested and exiled to Grassano because of his anti-fascist activities. In Grassano, Levi painted about 70 pictures and started discovering Southern Italy's problems. After the war, he wrote his most famous book, Christ Stopped at Eboli.[when?][citation needed]

Anna Briganti, the grandmother of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio originated in Grassano. By 1905 she was married and well-established in New York.[1]

Since 2002, Grassano, with Aliano (the second place where Levi was exiled) is an active Literary Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census Records Shed a New Light on Some of the Mayor's Forebears, by Sam Roberts, New York TImes 2 June 2014