Grumentum, Grumento Nova

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Grumentum was an ancient Roman city 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.The main public buildings of the city have been excavated and are in excellent condition.HistoryThe first Lucanian settlements in the area date from the 6th century BC. The site was founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC during the Samnite Wars as a fortified vanguard. The position was chosen to control important routes (one of which became the via Herculia in the late 200s AD). In 215 BC the Carthaginian general Hanno was defeated under its walls at the Battle of Grumentum, but in 207 BC Hannibal made it his headquarters.In the Social War it was a strong fortress, and seems to have been held by both sides at different times but was sacked by Italic tribes. It became a colony, perhaps in the time of Sulla, at the latest under Augustus, and became important.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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