Anzi is a characteristic village of the
splendid Val d’Agri. It is positioned on the summit
of Mount S. Maria and dominates the surrounding territory.
A Necropolis was found dating back to the Iron Age, which
confirms the existence of human settlements on Mount S. Maria
since ancient times. It was known as Anxia and was a lively
cultural centre during the Greek era (V century BC). It is
famous for its potters and the high quality of vase production.
In more recent times it was firstly a Longobard then Norman
(XI century) stronghold.
Anzi was always in contention due to its strategic position
and during the Angioiniansan and Aragonese eras, from time
to time it was fief of numerous nobiliary families, among
which we can cite: the De Ligario, the Malasorte, the Gallard,
the De Guevara and the Carafa.
After the brief Republican experience linked to the demise
of Bonaparte in Italy (1799) and the Republic of Naples (1806-1815)
period, Aliano and Basilicata returned as the Reign of Two
Sicilies property under the Bourbons until the moment of the
Unification of Italy (1861).
A visit to the City
The area offers stupendous panoramic views overlooking the
Agri Valley, and the S. Maria Church, from its slightly off
centre position on the summit of Mount S. Maria, preserves
precious frescoes in its interior. Not too far away, one can
visit the ruins of the Norman Church (XI century).
One must not miss a visit to the Romanesque Santa Lucia Church
and the Baronial Zampaglione building.
Places of interest
The Santa Maria Church; San Giuliano Church, Castle Ruins
(XI century); S. Domenico Church; Santa Lucia Church; Sant’Antonio
Church and the Baronial Zampaglione building.
The Rafanata Festival and the parade of allegorical wagons
on 7th and 8th March.