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Comune di Viggiano
Coat of arms of Viggiano
Coat of arms
Viggiano is located in Italy
Location of Viggiano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°20′N 15°54′E / 40.333°N 15.900°E / 40.333; 15.900Coordinates: 40°20′N 15°54′E / 40.333°N 15.900°E / 40.333; 15.900
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province Potenza (PZ)
 • Mayor Amedeo Cicala
 • Total 89.03 km2 (34.37 sq mi)
Elevation 1,023 m (3,356 ft)
Population (1996)[1]
 • Total 3,148
 • Density 35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Viggianesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 85059
Dialing code 0975
Patron saint Saint Peter
Saint day April 7
Website Official website

Viggiano is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is bounded by the comuni of Calvello, Corleto Perticara, Grumento Nova, Laurenzana, Marsicovetere, and Montemurro.

Viggiano is known for migrant street musicians who have brought their music to Italy and worldwide through the centuries, as well as renowned for the construction of harps.[2] Many Viggianesi had the opportunity to play in many symphonic orchestras in Europe, United States and Australia. The street musicians from Viggiano are cited as an influence on Hector Malot's Sans Famille.[3]

Today Viggiano is known to be home to Europe’s biggest oil field that makes Italy the third-largest oil producer of the continent, behind Norway and United Kingdom.[4]

The comune hosts the International Flute Competition "Leonardo De Lorenzo", some the jury members over the years include Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, Jindřich Feld, Susan Milan, Carol Wincenc, and Ransom Wilson.[5]

People linked to Viggiano[edit]


Historical population of Viggiano
(Source: [6])


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ John E. Zucchi, The Little Slaves of the Harp, McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1998, p.33
  3. ^ Eva Bonitatibus. "L'arpa perduta - L'identità dei musicanti girovaghi" (PDF) (in Italian and English). Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Alessandra Migliaccio (May 30, 2013). "Oil Fields Under Olive Groves Offer Italy Economic Boost". Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Past editions of the "Leonardo De Lorenzo" International Flute Competition". Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Statistiche I.Stat - ISTAT