Site of interest

The Palombaro lungo is the largest public cistern in the city which was brought to light during the construction of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in 1991. Being roughly fourteen metres deep and fifty meters long, this cistern had a capacity of over five million litres of water. It collected both spring and rain water and was used as a water reserve for citizens during summer. It originally had a bell-shaped spring water well dug into the rock, but in 1893, as the population’s demand for water increased, it was decided to dig further, while enlarging it and annexing four pre-existing caves and another cistern to it. The works were supervised by an architect from Naples and was in use until the 1930s when the Apulian Aqueduct brought water to the city. The Palombaro lungo was then closed and abandoned.


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This site is managed by the Association – GTA Basilicata