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On the northern slopes of Mount Sirino, Lagonegro perches at 666 meters above sea level in the southern Apennines. The town numbers about 6,000 inhabitants. The ski area of Lake Remmo is nearby.
Nestled in the mountains and not far from the sea, Lagonegro is a breathtakingly beautiful destination. Your vacation begins the moment you pick up your vehicle from the car hire and get out of the airport or away from your starting city; the drive through southern Italy is a visual treat in any season. If Italy is a boot, the province of Potenza is the ""spats;"" it straddles the peninsula just west of the heel, touching both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. Sharp-edged magnificent mountains, olive groves and goat herds, quaint villages and startlingly blue waters will greet your eyes at every turn. Reserve your car hire early and get a smaller vehicle for the tightly curving roads, or drive with care!
Once there, enjoy Lagonegro's inns and hotels. Explore the medieval village, accessible up a long stairway and through an iron door still flanked by remnants of the old wall. Visit the church of St. Nicholas where, the locals claim, is buried the noblewoman pictured by Leonardo da Vinci in his famous Mona Lisa.
The art and architecture are well worth a look! Check out the Corrado Palace's wrought iron balconies. Church of Our Lady of Sirino boasts a Roman prothyron, two lions, columns and capitals. Visit the ruins of the old feudal castle built in 1552, and the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (1606) with its majestic portal and lintel stone, wooden door panels, rosette carvings and busts of saints facade. The church contains a fresco depicting the Last Judgment by the Lagonegrese painter Antonio Cascini (1824).
The Parish Church of St. Nicholas has a canvas depicting the Trinity and a valuable silver bust of the saint by Carlo Frezza (1756). The late Renaissance Church of Saint Anne is proud to display a huge oil altarpiece depicting the saints, carried out in 1665 by Francesco Gaetano, a follower of Mattia Preti, 1600. The old Church of St. Nicholas (IX-X sec.) was originally Romanesque and preserves some good woodwork. Inside, the Chapel of the Crucifix has great stone portal, sculptures on the vault and a richly decorated Baroque style.
As long as you have a car hire, in the area is the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli (XI sec.). A typical monastery of the time, it is well worth your time to visit.