For the civil parish of L'Aquila, see Monticchio (L'Aquila).

View of Monticchio Sgarroni

Location of Monticchio in Italy

Coordinates: 40°57′00″N 15°35′00″E / 40.95000°N 15.58333°E / 40.95000; 15.58333Coordinates: 40°57′00″N 15°35′00″E / 40.95000°N 15.58333°E / 40.95000; 15.58333
Country  Italy
Region  Basilicata
Province Potenza
Comune Atella
Rionero in Vulture
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2010)
  Total 400
Demonym(s) monticchiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 85028
Dialing code 0972

Monticchio is an Italian hamlet (frazione) belonging to the municipalities of Rionero in Vulture and Atella, in the Province of Potenza, Basilicata. The village is divided into 3 zones: Monticchio Laghi (part of Atella), Monticchio Bagni and Monticchio Sgarroni (both in Rionero).


First inhabited by the Normans, that occupied the ancient castle near Sgarroni (Castrum Monticuli),[1] it became, in the second half of 19th century, a strategic point for brigands after Italian unification. It was the shelter for some brigands as Carmine Crocco[2] and his subordinates Ninco Nanco (Giuseppe Summa), Giuseppe Caruso, Teodoro Gioseffi and Giovanni Fortunato. Nowadays it is a touristic place receptive for its natural environment and for mineral waters, due to the presence of some extinct volcanoes.


Monticchio is part of the Vulture region and lies near the borders with the Province of Avellino, Campania. The 3 tiny villages composing it are located in west of Mount Vulture and few km away from each other. A regional road links Monticchio Bagni and Monticchio Laghi.

Monticchio is 13 km far from Melfi, 16 km from Rionero in Vulture, 22 from Atella, 68 from Potenza, 71 from Foggia and 123 from Avellino.

Distances between the 3 zones M. Bagni M. Laghi M. Sgarroni
Monticchio Bagni
6.0 km
5.5 km
Monticchio Laghi
6.0 km
5.6 km
Monticchio Sgarroni
5.5 km
5.6 km


The economy of Monticchio is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. Local industry is based on the export of the mineral waters, owned by the Italian companies Gaudianello[7] (based in Melfi) and Fonti del Vulture[8] (based in Rionero). This second company has a local factory that produces the waters Toka, Solaria and Felicia.



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