Nova Siri is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. Nova Siri is close to the site of the ancient Ionian colony of Siris. Nova Siri is formed by two small towns: the old, historic Nova Siri Centre ('paese') and the coastal town developed from the 1970s - Nova Siri Station ('Scalo'). The centre is sited on a hill at 350 metres (1,150 ft) above sea level about 9 km (6 mi) from the sea.

Nova Siri
Comune di Nova Siri
Coat of arms of Nova Siri
Location of Nova Siri
Nova Siri is located in Italy
Nova Siri
Nova Siri
Location of Nova Siri in Italy
Nova Siri is located in Basilicata
Nova Siri
Nova Siri
Nova Siri (Basilicata)
Coordinates: 40°9′N 16°32′E / 40.150°N 16.533°E / 40.150; 16.533
ProvinceMatera (MT)
FrazioniSan Basile, San Megale, Sant'Alessio,Cerrolongo,Piana delle vigne,Foresta
 • MayorEugenio Lucio Stigliano (municipal list)
 • Total52 km2 (20 sq mi)
355 m (1,165 ft)
 (December 2008)[2]
 • Total6,698
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0835
Patron saintSaint Joseph in Nova Siri paese and St. Anthony of Padua in Nova Siri Scalo[3]
Saint day19 March (and 13 June no festival)
WebsiteOfficial website

The main church and the castle are of medieval origin. The Monte Pollino National Park is located nearby.

Nova Siri is a popular holiday and tourist destination, thanks to its sandy coast characterized by coastal dunes. Nova Siri is reached via the SS 106 National road and by train.

The population is around 6,800, with the majority being in the newer, seaside town of Nova Siri Scalo.


The history of Nova Siri starts during the Byzantine rule of southern Italy, when it was used as a military fortress. The old name “Bollita” comes from porcini mushrooms and the current name was replaced on the council’s request to recall its origins as a Greek territory.

It remained almost deserted after World War I and few people were able to deal with the agricultural work required in the fields.

Nova Siri experienced a demographics growth in the 1970s. Some scenes from the movies Basilicata Coast to Coast by Rocco Papelo and Three Brothers by Francesco Rosi were filmed there.


Economical resources include summer tourism, wine production and local cuisine.


Events in the town include the Sagra d’ricchitell and the Notte dei briganti ("Night of the Bandits"). The latter is a historical reenactment that consists of a performance of scenes from the war between bandits and peasants and scenes from the daily life of the late 19th century.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  3. ^ "Map of Nova Siri". Italy Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2016.