Lagonegro, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
This medieval town of narrow streets and steep stairways, on the western slope of the Sirino massif amid chestnut and alder woods, was built in a strategic position as a key communication center between the Vallo di Diano, Salerno and Naples on the one side, Calabria to the south and the whole Basilicata region.
It is today a lively cultural and commercial center, as well as a tourist resort for the lovers of mountain climate. As for most of Southern Italy, a large part of the population emigrated first to Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, then after WW2 to France, Germany and Piedmont. The town can easily be reached from the exit Lagonegro Sud on the Autostrada A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria.
-- Population: ca. 6,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 85042 -- Phone Area Code: 0973
It was founded in the 9th-10th c. by a community of Byzantine monks, and traces of that period remain in the old part of the village, which stands on a rocky summit and is dominated by the ruins of a castle.
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