Grumentum, Grumento Nova

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Grumentum was an ancient town in the centre of Lucania, in what is now the comune of Grumento Nova, c. 50km south of Potenza by the direct road through Anxia, and 80km by the Via Herculia, at the point of divergence of a road eastward to Heraclea.HistoryThe first settlements, of the Lucani, in the area date from the 6th century BC, but the town was founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC, during the Samnite Wars, as a fortified vanguard. In 215 BC the Carthaginian general Hanno was defeated under its walls, and in 207 BC Hannibal made it his headquarters. In the Social War it appears as a strong fortress, and seems to have been held by both sides at different times. It became a colony, perhaps in the time of Sulla, at the latest under Augustus, and seems to have been of some importance.In 370 Grumentum became a bishopric seat, but soon afterwards it began to be abandoned. Due to the Saracen inroads (9th-10th centuries), in 954 a new town (Saponara or Saponaria, the modern Grumento Nova) was founded.The site is a ridge on the right bank of the Aciris (Agri) about 600m above sea-level, c. 800m below the modern Grumento Nova, which lies much higher (772m).
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  • August 13, 2017
    My wife and I visited this August the ruins of the Roman city of Grumentum. We were lucky enough to walk together to the guided tour of an archaeologist who pointed out the city, showed the most significant details than revealed and explained how there is still plenty to dig. Tickets cost 2.50 euro paltry deserves more resources more visitors and more excavations
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  • June 4, 2017
    Unfortunately the excavations nn are enhanced, tourist guides and staff are missing. The drive is well up to a point, then you must go back x dense vegetation. There is the Roman Forum, the amphitheatre and the remains of the baths. Some points are protected from the effects of erosion with panels. There is a refreshment rundown so equip yourself with fresh water and bring a CAP
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  • April 18, 2017
    Amazing place, Metapontum and Grumentum, have to be seen together, before the Greek history of Metaponto and then a dip in Roman civilization with the site of Grumentum. The sites are visited with guides to appreciate fully all its value and its magic.
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  • A perfect balance between tranquility and nature.
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  • Place obsolete.
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