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Città di Lavello
Coat of arms of Lavello
Coat of arms
Lavello is located in Italy
Location of Lavello in Italy
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
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province / Metropolitan city Potenza (PZ)
Frazioni Gaudiano
 • Mayor Antonio Annale
 • Total 132 km2 (51 sq mi)
Elevation 313 m (1,027 ft)
Population (September 2008)
 • Total 13,871
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lavellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85024
Dialing code 0972
Patron saint San Mauro
Saint day 2 May
Website Official website

Lavello 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.


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]

Pasquale Di Pinto, World Karate Champion,[citation needed] was born in Lavello.

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