Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
The territory of the Province of Potenza is mostly mountainous, with a very short coastline along the Thyrrhenian Sea.
The main point of interest along the short coast is Maratea, whereas the hinterland includes rugged mountains covered with Mediterranean vegetation, the lakes of Monte Cotugno, Pertusillo, Rendina and Monticchio and protected areas, as the Parco Nazionale del Pollino.
The Comuni in the Province of Potenza
Area: 6,545 km² -- Population: about 400,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal codes: 85010-85018, 85020-85040, 85042-85044, 85046-85059 -- Phone Area Codes: 0971, 0972, 0973, 0975, 0976 -- Car Plate: PZ -- Communes: 100 -- Official website: http://www.provincia.potenza.it/ -- According to an administrative reform from 1 Jan 2014, the Province is scheduled for suppression and fusion with the Province of Matera.
In 272 BC the province was conquered by the Roman army, the new rulers renamed Basilicata as Lucania. Later in the 11th century the area becoming part of Duchy of Apulia at the time ruled by the Norman French, and from the 13th century part of the Kingdom of Naples. However, Potenza was actually ruled by the local warlords. In 1861 the province was unified with the rest of Italy in the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. Until 2 january 1927 Potenza included also all the communes of the province of Matera.
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