Viggiano

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Viggiano
Comune
Comune di Viggiano
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Coat of arms of Viggiano
Coat of arms
Viggiano is located in Italy
Viggiano
Viggiano
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 / Metropolitan city Potenza (PZ)
Area
 • 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 CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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, Montemurro.

Viggiano is known to be land of migrant street musicians who brought their music in Italy and worldwide through the centuries, as well as renowned for the construction of the 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 Great Britain.[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]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of Viggiano
(Source: [6])
Year 1861 1871 1881 1901 1911 1921 1931 1936 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Population 5731 6188 6030 4351 4030 3777 3870 4046 4152 4039 3179 3088 3161 3208 3122


References[edit]

  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). consiglio.basilicata.it. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Alessandra Migliaccio (May 30, 2013). "Oil Fields Under Olive Groves Offer Italy Economic Boost". bloomberg.com. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Past editions of the "Leonardo De Lorenzo" International Flute Competition". leonardodelorenzo.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Statistiche I.Stat - ISTAT