Tolve is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.

Tolve
Comune di Tolve
Coat of arms of Tolve
Coat of arms
Location of Tolve
Tolve is located in Italy
Tolve
Tolve
Location of Tolve in Italy
Tolve is located in Basilicata
Tolve
Tolve
Tolve (Basilicata)
Coordinates: 40°42′N 16°01′E / 40.700°N 16.017°E / 40.700; 16.017
CountryItaly
RegionBasilicata
ProvincePotenza (PZ)
Government
 • MayorPasquale Pepe
Area
 • Total127 km2 (49 sq mi)
Elevation
568 m (1,864 ft)
Population
 (December 31, 2004)[2]
 • Total3,617
 • Density28/km2 (74/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Tolvesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
85017
Dialing code0971
Patron saintSt. Roch
Saint dayAugust 16 - September 16

HistoryEdit

Remains of pre-historic (Neolithic) settlements have been found in the nearby. In early historic times, the area was inhabited town of the Lucani, as testified by a tomb of a rich warrior from the 7th or 6th century BC, a temple of Cybele and countryside villas. It is also likely that the Tolve area was abandoned after Hannibal's arrival in southern Italy, as the first following traces of human presence date to the 1st century BC. Tolve is mentioned for the first time in the Lombard Edictum Rothari.

In the Middle Ages Tolve grew around a castle with three towers, first under the Byzantines and then under the Normans, as part of the county of Tricarico. In 1250 it was held by Galvano, an uncle of King Manfred of Sicily. After the Angevine conquest of the Kingdom of Sicily, it was a center for production of fire weapons starting from the 16th century.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Tolve is twinned with:

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.