Viggiano

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Viggiano
Comune di Viggiano
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Coat of arms of Viggiano
Coat of arms
Location of Viggiano
Viggiano is located in Italy
Viggiano
Viggiano
Location of Viggiano in Italy
Viggiano is located in Basilicata
Viggiano
Viggiano
Viggiano (Basilicata)
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
CountryItaly
RegionBasilicata
ProvincePotenza (PZ)
Government
 • MayorAmedeo Cicala
Area
 • Total89.03 km2 (34.37 sq mi)
Elevation
1,023 m (3,356 ft)
Population
(1996)[1]
 • Total3,148
 • Density35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Viggianesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
85059
Dialing code0975
Patron saintSaint Peter
Saint dayApril 7
WebsiteOfficial 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]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of Viggiano
(Source: [6])
Year186118711881190119111921193119361951196119711981199120012011
Population573161886030435140303777387040464152403931793088316132083122

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