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Comune di Colobraro
Coat of arms of Colobraro
Coat of arms
Colobraro is located in Italy
Location of Colobraro in Italy
Coordinates: 40°11′N 16°26′E / 40.183°N 16.433°E / 40.183; 16.433
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province / Metropolitan city Matera (MT)
 • Mayor Andrea Bernardo
 • Total 65.91 km2 (25.45 sq mi)
Elevation 630 m (2,070 ft)
Population (December 2009)[1]
 • Total 1,408
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Colobraresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 75021
Dialing code 0835
Patron saint St. Nicholas
Saint day 7 May
Website Official website

Colobraro is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. The town is positioned on a high hill dominating the valley of river Sinni near the town of Valsinni.

The hamlet is known as the "village without name":[2] its name is considered bringer of bad luck in the towns around, where Colobraro is usually mentioned in the local dialects simply as chillu paese, cudd' puaise or chill' pais, all simply meaning "that village". This notoriety, which has in recent years spread all over Italy, began during the first decades of the 20th century and seems to have been sparked by a story concerning a famous lawyer from the town, Biagio Virgilio, who one day in court to stress a point exclaimed: "If what I say is false, may this chandelier come down". Alas, the chandelier did come down, and Virgilio became synonymous with bad omens, giving birth to the hex upon the town.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ "Il paese che portasfortuna"