|Residents||4,916 (Dec 31, 2019)|
|Population density||50 inhabitants / km²|
|Patron saint||Joseph of Nazareth and Pius|
Bella is a southern Italian municipality ( comune ) with 4916 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the province of Potenza in Basilicata . The municipality is located about 26 kilometers northwest of Potenza . In the southernmost part of the municipality, the Picerno forms a natural border.
Castello di Bella
The dominant Castello di Bella was built in 1008. In 1567 it was greatly expanded by Agostino Rondone di Melfi, destroyed by an earthquake in 1694 and then rebuilt. From the 18th century, the castle was owned by the noble Ruffo di Calabria family . In 1923 it was bought by the community and used as the seat of the local school until it was again in ruins in 1980 after an earthquake that destroyed 80% of the building stock in Bella. The building was rebuilt in seven years according to plans by the architect Nicola Pagliara , whereby the few remaining remains of the old castle are combined with modern parts of the building.
- Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
- Antonella Inciso: Inchiesta monumenti. Bella, sul castello 25 anni di oblio . In: La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, January 30, 2006