Province of Potenza

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Province of Potenza
Provincial seat in Potenza.
Provincial seat in Potenza.
Map highlighting the location of the province of Potenza in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Potenza in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Basilicata
Capital(s) Potenza
Comuni 100
 • President Nicola Rocco Valluzzi
 • Total 6,545 km2 (2,527 sq mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 375,781
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85010-85018, 85020-85040, 85042-85044, 85046-85059
Telephone prefix 0971, 0972, 0973, 0975, 0976
Vehicle registration PZ
Website Official website

The Province of Potenza (Italian: Provincia di Potenza) is a province in the Basilicata region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Potenza.


It has an area of 6,545 square kilometres (2,527 sq mi) and a total population of 381,988 (2012). There are 100 comuni (singular: comune) in the province (see Comuni of the Province of Potenza).[1]


In 272 B.C. the province was conquered by the Greek army. The new rulers renamed Basilicata as Lucania. Later in the 11th century, the area became part of the Duchy of Apulia, which was at the time ruled by the Normans. From the 13th century it was part of the Kingdom of Naples, though Potenza was actually ruled by local feudataries. In 1861 the province was unified with the rest of Italy in the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

The region has suffered from innumerable earthquakes and is still a seismically active area.


External links[edit]

Media related to Province of Potenza at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°38′19″N 15°48′8″E / 40.63861°N 15.80222°E / 40.63861; 15.80222