Comune di Bernalda

Castle of Bernalda

Location of Bernalda in Italy

Coordinates: 40°25′N 16°41′E / 40.417°N 16.683°E / 40.417; 16.683Coordinates: 40°25′N 16°41′E / 40.417°N 16.683°E / 40.417; 16.683
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Province / Metropolitan city Matera (MT)
Frazioni Metaponto, Serra Marina, Spineto
  Mayor Domenico Raffaele Tataranno
  Total 126.19 km2 (48.72 sq mi)
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)
  Total 12,453
  Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bernaldesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 75012
Dialing code 0835
Patron saint St. Bernardino of Siena
Saint day 20 May, 23 August
Website Official website

Bernalda is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. The frazione of Metaponto is the site of the ancient city of Metapontum.

Until the 15th century, it was called Camarda. It is home to a castle built in the 15th century during the Aragonese rule in the Kingdom of Naples.

The patron Saint of Bernalda is Saint Bernardino of Siena. The celebration of Saint Bernardino is on 20 May and on 23 August.

Main sights

Religious buildings

Other sights

The castle was probably built by the Normans in the 11th century and restored by the Aragonese during their domination, when it was enlarged, fortified and protected with a moat and a drawbridge. On the west side there is a thin square tower considered more ancient than the other towers of round shape. The façade of the Castle that overlooks the Mother Church is the result of a later restoration.

Palaces include:


Twin towns – sister cities

Bernalda is twinned with:

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