San Mauro Forte

San Mauro Forte is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.

San Mauro Forte
Comune di San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte, Panorama.jpg
Coat of arms of San Mauro Forte
Location of San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte is located in Italy
San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte
Location of San Mauro Forte in Italy
San Mauro Forte is located in Basilicata
San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte (Basilicata)
Coordinates: 40°29′N 16°15′E / 40.483°N 16.250°E / 40.483; 16.250
ProvinceMatera (MT)
 • MayorFrancesco Diluca
 • Total86.89 km2 (33.55 sq mi)
540 m (1,770 ft)
 (December 2008)[3]
 • Total1,803
 • Density21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0835
Patron saintSan Mauro abate
Saint day15 January
WebsiteOfficial website


The place was established in the sixth century.[4]

It was probably part of Magna Graecia.[5]


The town is on a hill, 540 metres (1,770 ft) above sea level, in the west central part of the province. To the north are the communes of Salandra (14 km / 9 miles), Oliveto Lucano (15 km / 9 miles) and Garaguso (17 km / 11 miles). To the east is Ferrandina (31 km / 20 miles) with Craco (25 km / 15 miles) e Stigliano (31 km / 20 miles) to the south. Accettura is (14 km / 9 miles) to the south. The provincial capital, Matera is 70 km / 44 miles away, while the administrative capital of the adjacent province, Potenza, is 66 km / 41 miles away.

San Mauro Forte is included in the administrative grouping of Upland Communes of the Matera Hills

Main sightsEdit

  • Torre Normanna "Norman Tower"[6]
  • The XVI century Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in which are preserved valuable paintings of the XVIII century;
  • The Church of the Annunciation, built in the XVI century by the Franciscan monks, with an adjoining convent;
  • The Church of St. Mary of the Angels (also known as Chapel of the Rosary or Saint Lucia), of ancient origins;
  • The XVIII century Church of St. Vincent, with an interesting majolica tiled floor and an XVIII century organ;
  • The noble palaces, such as Palazzo Arciaerie (today seat of the Town Hall) and Palazzo Lauria, famous for its superb Baroque style portal.[7]

Religious festivalsEdit

  • The Feast of Saint Maurus on January 15th.
  • Campanacci “The Festival of the Cowbell” - 16th January [8][9]



Population census

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ The Italian village of San Mauro Forte
  5. ^ 1905 Print Ancient Greek Inscriptions S Mauro Forte Matera Stone Language XHD4, This is an original 1905 black and white halftone print of a stone with a Greek inscription from San Mauro Forte near Matera. The stone can now be found in the Naples museum.
  6. ^ Torre Normanna, San Mauro Forte , Province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  7. ^ "San Mauro Forte".
  8. ^ “The Festival of the Cowbell” in San Mauro Forte”
  9. ^ Soundmasks in resounding places - Listening to the Campanaccio of San Mauro Forte, Nicola Scaldaferri, Sonic ethnography, Chapter DOI: , Online Publication Date: 15 Dec 2020