Muro Lucano

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Muro Lucano
Comune di Muro Lucano
Panoramic view
Panoramic view
Coat of arms of Muro Lucano
Coat of arms
Muro Lucano is located in Italy
Muro Lucano
Muro Lucano
Location of Muro Lucano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°45′N 15°29′E / 40.750°N 15.483°E / 40.750; 15.483
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Potenza (PZ)
Frazioni Capodigiano, Casale San Giuliano, Le Marze, Pontegiacoia, Raitiello
 • Mayor Gerardo Mariani
 • Total 125 km2 (48 sq mi)
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2009[1])
 • Total 5,812
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Muresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85054
Dialing code 0976
Patron saint St. Gerard Majella
Saint day September 2
Website Official website

Muro Lucano is a city and comune in the province of Potenza, in the northern part of the region of Basilicata, southern Italy.


The city is situated on the site of the ancient Numistri, at the foot of the Apennines, the scene of a battle between Hannibal and Marcellus in the Second Punic War.

Main sights[edit]

The city has a cathedral; and it was in its castle that Queen Joan of Naples was murdered on the orders of her adopted son Charles III of Naples.



The city of Muro Lucano is composed of the old town and the surrounding areas of Cappuccini to the north and Giardini (meaning gardens) to the south. It is 51 kilometres (32 mi) from Potenza, the chief city of the province. Muro Lucano rises 650 metres (2,130 ft) above sea level, occupies a surface area of 125.7 square kilometres (48.5 sq mi) and in 2005 had a population of approximately 6,000. The population, which was over 10,000 in the 1950s, has been declining steadily through the years due to social changes, lack of local work and large scale emigration. There are about 2,200 families with an average of close to 2.7 people per family.

The territory of the municipality is between 300 and 1,450 metres (980 and 4,760 ft) above sea level. The city lies on a slope over the Muro ravine, with quaint houses built on terraces. The name of the city comes from the medieval wall (in Italian muro) that surrounded the medieval centre.


Murese, the city's dialect, is spoken only in the immediate vicinity and can be difficult for Italian speakers to comprehend.

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns and municipalities[edit]


  1. ^ Source: Istat 2009 (in Italian)
  2. ^ Her mother was a native of Muro
  3. ^ His parents were natives of Muro

External links[edit]

Media related to Muro Lucano at Wikimedia Commons