Francavilla in Sinni, Potenza, Basilicata

Francavilla in Sinni or Francavilla sul Sinni is an Italian commune in the province of Potenza, Basilicata. It is at 421 m, in the southern part of the province. The area, enclosed between the rivers Sinni and Frida alternates mountainous areas (Caramola), and areas of hills and mountains, forests of beech, oak and fir trees. We also find three small lakes: Lake Viceconte, Fish Lake and Lake Erba. In the region Piano Lacco there are remnants of fortified structures that possibly date back to the Middle Ages. On the hill of Mount Catarozzo are the remains of the medieval Rubbio Castel. Nearby are the possible destinations for excursions and walks: the Rifugio Acquafredda, the source Catusa, the field of House of Count, scenic spots of Pietra Sasso from Palladoro and heights of Mount Catarozzolo and Timpa Altosana. Part of the land is included in the Pollino National Park. To see: the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Pompei (XIX), the Certosa of Saint Nicolas, dedicated to the saint of Bari, the chapels of St. Anthony, St. Joseph and the Assumption, and the parish church of San Felice and San Polycarp, dedicated to the patron saints of the country, among others. The main Francavilla in Sinni soccer team is the Football Club Francavilla. We also find the stadium Nunzio Fittipaldi, for soccer and also for other activities.


If you like traditional festivals of the country, visit Francavilla on December, 8th, where it is celebrated the wine festival, called Madonna di Pertusavutte, during which you bleed the barrels and you taste the new wine.
Gonfalone Square offers panoramic views of the Sinni River valley. A nice place to enjoy and take pictures.

Antonio Grimaldi’s photos

Bilbao, Biscay, Spain

Bilbao is the capital of the province of Biscay and the comarca of the Greater Bilbao located at the estuary of the river Nervion, in the north of Spain. This is a city that has gone through a lot of development, being other times a harbor and industrial city, with a lot of pollution. Today is a city considered as an example for several other cities that would like to change their urban planning problems. The urbanized part of the city is limited by two small mountains; Pagasarri to the south and Artxanda to the north. The old town has a medieval and Renaissance style, with seven streets leading to the Market Square of La Ribera. To see: the Cathedral of Santiago (14th and 15th century), the Basilica of Begonia (1620), the Convent of the Incarnation, the Academy of the Basque Language, the Guggenheim Museum, the Arriaga Theater (1890), the Town Hall (1892), among others.


The best time to visit the city and find it full of activities is during the celebration of the Great Week that takes place for 9 days and 8 nights, starting on the first Saturday after August, 15th. Spectacles of street, fairs, concerts, everything is there for the occasion. To get around the city by public transport, get the Creditrans which is a standardized pass that allows you to travel through the different fare zones. To get a nice view of the city, take the funicular that will take you to the mountain of Artxanda where you will also find a park. There are also two metro lines and a tram with which you can reach the Guggenheim Museum.