Lavello

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Lavello
Città di Lavello
Coat of arms of Lavello
Coat of arms
Location of Lavello
Lavello is located in Italy
Lavello
Lavello
Location of Lavello in Italy
Lavello is located in Basilicata
Lavello
Lavello
Lavello (Basilicata)
Coordinates: 41°3′N 15°48′E / 41.050°N 15.800°E / 41.050; 15.800Coordinates: 41°3′N 15°48′E / 41.050°N 15.800°E / 41.050; 15.800
CountryItaly
RegionBasilicata
ProvincePotenza (PZ)
FrazioniGaudiano
Government
 • MayorAntonio Annale
Area
 • Total132 km2 (51 sq mi)
Elevation
313 m (1,027 ft)
Population
 (September 2008)[2]
 • Total13,871
 • Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Lavellesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
85024
Dialing code0972
Patron saintSan Mauro
Saint day2 May
WebsiteOfficial website

Lavello (Potentino: Lavìdde) is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the region of Basilicata of southern Italy; it is located in the middle Ofanto valley.

History[edit]

The area of Lavello was settled in prehistoric times, as attested by findings of an Iron Age village. The town originated as a Daunian and then Roman settlement, known as Forentum. It was already an important stronghold during the Lombard rule in southern Italy, and here was killed Sicard of Benevento (839).

Lavello was an important Byzantine center and a bishopric seat from 1025. Starting from 1043 Lavello was one of the twelve baronies of the Norman county of Apulia in southern Italy. The Normans rebuilt the cathedral and added a line of walls. The fortress was strengthened under their successors, the Hohenstaufen. Here King Conrad IV of Germany died in 1254. As a result of its participation in the anti-Angevine revolt in 1268, it was burnt down by Charles I of Anjou in 1298.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Castle
  • Church of Annunziata (17th century), housing a 16th-century Annunciation from the Neapolitan School.

Famous citizens[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.