Pisticci, Province of Matera, Basilicata

Province of Matera
The small town rises among the clay hills between the valleys of the Basento and Cavone rivers, and has peculiar, white houses with pointed facades.
In the course of the centuries, the original settlement was repeatedly hit by ruinous landslides, one of which in 1688 claimed over 400 lives, and most of the population moved down in the valley. The discovery of natural gas in the 1960's brought about a remarkable industrial development and population growth.

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  • Altitude: mt 364 a.s.l
  • Population: about 17,500 inhabitants in 2018
  • Demonym: pisticcesi
  • Patron Saint: San Rocco, celebrated on 16 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Casinello, Centro Agricolo, Marconia, Marina di Pisticci, Pisticci Scalo, Tinchi
  • Map: a map of Pisticci.

What to see

  • In the Torrevecchia quarter, the church of Saints Pietro and Paolo, built in 1542 a previous 13th century church, whose original bell tower is still standing; inside the church are fine 18th century wood-carved altars.
  • The ruins of a tower and castle (the Torre Bruni), built by the Normans in 1035 as a check-point on the whole Basento valley, with a fine view of the Jonian sea and the Pollino mountain group.
  • The seaside center of Marina di Pisticci, with the two fine beeches of San Teodoro and San Basilio.