Potenza is the highest regional capital in Italy (819 m). Those who imagine Southern Italy towns as warm, sunny and near the sea will find something quite different: Potenza is a city that preserves the proud purity of the inland cities, covered with snow in winter and enjoying a refreshing cool breeze in the summer evenings.
Potenza is not one of the main tourist destinations in Basilicata but culture lovers should not miss it and the National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata, in the former Loffredo palace in the old town, or the famous Musmeci bridge, a practical application of the minimum structural theory, this bridge was built in the seventies by the engineer Sergio Roman Musmeci.
THREE GOOD REASONS TO VISIT POTENZA
When you visit the historical center of Potenza and the National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata, do not miss the Cathedral of St. Gerard, the Patron Saint of the city. A feast in his honor is celebrated every May 30th with a spectacular "Parade of the Turks".
Also in the center, we recommend a visit to the Tower Guevara and the church of St. Francis. Outside the center it is worth visiting the aforementioned Musmeci bridge and mosaics of the Roman villa Malvaccaro.
In Potenza you can find great restaurants and trattorias to taste typical Basilicata dishes. We suggest to try the "dragged mollicati with puparuli cruschi" homemade pasta, dried peppers and bread crumbs (highly recommended!).
Another traditional country dish is the "ciambotta" made with eggplant , potatoes and peppers, also cod cooked Potenza style, served with raisins.
If you love skiing, a few kilometers from Potenza you can find the Sellata and Mount Airy ski area, with 9 ski lifts and 7 kilometers of ski pistes.