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For the gastropod of Pupillidae family, see Lauria (gastropod). For the fictional character, see Victoria Lauría.
Comune di Lauria
Lauria is located in Italy
Location of Lauria in Italy
Coordinates: 40°03′N 15°50′E / 40.050°N 15.833°E / 40.050; 15.833Coordinates: 40°03′N 15°50′E / 40.050°N 15.833°E / 40.050; 15.833
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Potenza (PZ)
Frazioni see list
 • Total 175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 13,801
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym Laurioti
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85044
Dialing code 0973
Patron saint Bl. Domenico Lentini
Saint day February 25
Website Official website

Lauria is a city and comune of Basilicata, Italy, in the province of Potenza, situated near the borders of Calabria.

It is a walled town on the steep side of a hill with another portion in the plain below.


The original nucleus of the city appeared probably in the 10th century, near the place where later the Sanctuary of Madonna dell'Armo was edificated. The Castle, later attributed to Roger of Lauria, was built by Saracens. In the 12th century Lauria was the seat of a Norman fief, which was held by Gibel and then by his son Richard of Lauria, who died in the battle of Benevento on 1266.

His son Roger of Lauria was a famous admiral of the 13th century.

In 1806 the city was destroyed and the population slaughtered by the French soldiers under general André Masséna, as punishment for having supported the Bourbon kings.

Main sights[edit]

  • The remains of the Castle (13th century)
  • The Sanctuary of the Assunta
  • The Mother Church of St. Nicholas
  • The church of St. James (15th century)
  • The Convent of Immacolata (16th century), with a noteworthy cloister


Acqua delle Donne, Alte Coste, Borgo Seluci, Bivio Seluci, Canicella, Cavallo, Cerase, Cesinelle, Cogliandrino, Gremile, Galdo, Fabbricato, Iacoia, Iacoia di Sotto, Madonna del Carmine, Malfitano, Mazzarella, Melara - Ovo della Vacca, Montegaldo, Pecorone, Piano Cataldo, Piano della Menta, Piano Focara, Pietraferrata, Piscitella, Prestieri, Rosa, Rosa di Sotto, Rosa Molino, Santa Barbara, Santa Filomena, San Giuseppe, Santa Lucia, Seluci, Serino, Seta, Taverna del Postiere, Timparossa, Timpone di Seluci.


Lauria is not served by a near airport, anyway the nearest airport is Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport 129 kilometres (80 mi) from Lauria. Other airports are Lamezia Terme Airport and Napoli-Capodichino.

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