Savoia di Lucania

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Savoia di Lucania
Comune di Savoia di Lucania
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Coat of arms of Savoia di Lucania
Coat of arms
Savoia di Lucania within the Province of Potenza
Savoia di Lucania within the Province of Potenza
Savoia di Lucania is located in Italy
Savoia di Lucania
Savoia di Lucania
Location of Savoia di Lucania in Italy
Coordinates: 40°34′N 15°33′E / 40.567°N 15.550°E / 40.567; 15.550
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Potenza (PZ)
Frazioni Castellaro, Fossati, Perolla
 • Mayor Rosina Ricciardi
 • Total 32 km2 (12 sq mi)
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Population (31 March 2013)[1]
 • Total 1,143
 • Density 36/km2 (93/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Salviani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85050
Dialing code 0971
Patron saint Saint Roch
Saint day 16 August
Website Official website

Savoia di Lucania (Lucano: Savòie) is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. As of 2011 its population was of 1,148.[1]


The original name of the village was Salvia di Lucania (also simply Salvia), referring to the sage plant (Salvia officinalis). It was altered at the end of the 19th century to Savoia di Lucania after a local resident and anarchist, Giovanni Passannante, attempted to kill King Umberto I of Italy on November 17, 1878.

In the early 2000s it was proposed to return to the original toponym, removing the references to the House of Savoy. They have constituted two committees, one for the return to the toponym of Salvia, and another for the maintenance of the current name.[2][3][4][5]


Located near the borders with Campania, Savoia is bounded by the comuni of Caggiano (SA), Picerno, Sant'Angelo Le Fratte, Satriano di Lucania, Tito, and Vietri di Potenza.[6] It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Castellaro, Fossati, and Perolla.



  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011
  2. ^ (in Italian) Article on Il Messaggero
  3. ^ (in Italian) Article on l'Espresso
  4. ^ (in Italian) Article[permanent dead link] on La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
  5. ^ (in Italian) Article on
  6. ^ 40604 (x a j h) Savoia di Lucania on OpenStreetMap

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