Grande Albergo Potenza

Corso XVIII Agosto, 46, Potenza, 85100, Italy
Grande Albergo Potenza
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Welcome in Potenza!

by angelalu

"..starting from here.."

Hi, are my first words on VT..telling something about the place where I was born and I live...
..well, I think it is not easy to talk about what you know better...there is the love for the place you are form but sometimes some boredom since it is the same place from which you would like to escape for several reasons..
..Personal frustrations aside, here are some classic infos about Potenza...

Potenza is the highest regional capital and one of the highest provincial capitals in Italy, overlooking the valley of the Basento river in the Apennine Mountains of Lucania, east of Salerno.
..this is the reason why we have a very cold Winter among the other cities of Southern Italy...

..and as for a history of Potenza:

..going back in Time...

The first settlement of Potentia was probably located at a lower elevation than at present, some 10 km south of today's Potenza.

The first people inhabiting the Region of Potenza, the Lucani, sided against Rome's enemies during the wars against the Samnites and the Bruttii. Subjugated during the 4th century BC, the Potentini ( citizens from Potentia..) rebelled after the Roman defeat at Cannae in 216 BC. However, the Battle of the Metaurus marked the end of any Carthaginian aspirations in Italy, and Potentia was reconquered by the Romans and reduced to the status of military colony.
A different phase for the city may be found during the Middle Ages..
In the 6th century, the city passed to the Lombard Duchy of Benevento. The Saracens reached it before the Norman conquest of southern Italy. In the 12th century, Potenza became an episcopal see. In 1137, the city hosted Pope Innocent II and Emperor Lothair II during their failed attempt to conquer the Norman kingdom. In 1148 or 1149 in Potenza, Roger II of Sicily hosted king Louis VII of France, whom the Norman fleet had freed from the Saracens. After pillaging by Emperor Frederick II, the city remained loyal to the Hohenstaufen: as a result, it was almost totally destroyed by Charles I when the Angevin lord conquered the Kingdom of Sicily. On December 18, 1273, an earthquake further devastated the city.

And here we are at the Modern Age..
In the following years, the city existed quietly under various feudal owners. Potenza was the site of riots against Spanish domination, and in 1694 it was almost completely destroyed by another earthquake.

With the declaration of the Neapolitan Republic in 1799, Potenza was one of the first cities to rebel against the king. After temporary Bourbon repression, the city was conquered by the French army in 1806, and declared the capital of Basilicata. King Joachim Murat improved the city's living conditions and administration, and some urban improvements were introduced for the visit of Ferdinand II in 1846. A revolt broke out in 1848 and was again put down by Bourbon forces, and a third devastating earthquake followed in 1857. Potenza rebelled for the last time in 1860, before Garibaldi's revolutionary army brought about the unification of Italy.

In September 1943, the city suffered heavy Allied bombing. In 1980, another strong earthquake struck Potenza....serious consequences followed this natural catastrophe in the economy of the Region and in the general mood of its people....

....more infos I will add next...
..for the moment enjoy some view from the city...:)...


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