Comune di Laurenzana

Coat of arms

Location of Laurenzana in Italy

Coordinates: 40°27′35″N 15°58′15″E / 40.45972°N 15.97083°E / 40.45972; 15.97083Coordinates: 40°27′35″N 15°58′15″E / 40.45972°N 15.97083°E / 40.45972; 15.97083
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province / Metropolitan city Potenza (PZ)
  Mayor michele UNGARO
  Total 95 km2 (37 sq mi)
Population (1996)[1]
  Total 2,246
  Density 24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Laurenzanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85014
Dialing code 0971
Patron saint Beato Egidio; Madonna del Carmine
Saint day Last sunday of May
Website Official website

Laurenzana is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the region of Basilicata (southern Italy). It rises on a spur between the torre Camastro and the wood surrounding the Serrapotamo valley.


Laurenzana's origins probably date from the 12th century when the Normans decided to build a fortified village in this area due to its strategic position. In 1268 Laurenzana took part in the Ghibelline revolt against Pope Clement V. During the Aragonese domination, it was ruled by the Orsini del Balzo and then in the 15th century by the Loffredos followed by the Filangieris the De Ruggieros, the De Quartos and the Belgioiosos.

Main sights

The ruins of a 12th to 13th-century Laurenzana castle are found in the crag atop the village.

The Chiesa Madre dell'Assunta with a stone portal dating from 1780 is the main church. It a polychrome marble main altar, and a 16th-century fresco along with 18th-century Neapolitan school altarpieces.

Near the Assunta there is a belvedere from which it is possible to view the surrounding valleys and mountains. Near town is a trail in the Abetina ("Fir-wood") of Laurenzana, covering an area of 8 square kilometres (3.1 sq mi) on which silver firs and beech trees grow. The Società Botanica Italiana has considered the Abetina as a biotope of extraordinary environmental interest and has designated it a "Riserva Naturale Regionale".

The Church of the Madonna del Carmine houses a 1611 canvas painted by Giovanni Battista Serra from Tricarico.


Up to a few years ago, Laurenzana was famous for the production of high quality liquors produced in four distilleries situated within the village. Handicraft activities regarding the manufacture of wooden barrels, bagpipes and wrought-iron were also widespread. The economy of the village is mainly based on agriculture; in fact, it is possible to find silviculture and animal breeding farms producing delicious dairy products.[2]

Religious festivals

Typical local dishes


Population census

Twin towns

See also


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. Excerpted from: Basilicata "Terra di Storia Cultura e Tradizione",Giovanni Varasano Editoria, 1998

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