Town in the province of Potenza, situated on the left bank of the river Serrapotamo, Carbone was founded in the IX century with the name of "Montedoro, for the abundance of crops, harvested in the area. The village, however, recorded a strong development with the arrival area of the Basilian monks and the foundation of the famous monastery of St. Elias, which, over the years were recognized, by various emperors, with important privileges (for example those honored by Wilhelm II in 1168 ).
The picturesque old town is characterized by stone houses and ancient buildings like Palazzo Cascini, Palazzo Castelli, Palazzo De Nigris and Palazzo Castronuovo.
Not to miss:
- the Mother Church, entitled to the Abbot St. Luke, in which are preserved precious Neapolitan school artworks and paintings of XVII century, a relic of the XVI century, silver and other objects that were brought here after the closure of the monastery of St. Elias;
- the Monastery Church, dedicated to the Annunciation, which was built in 1547 and entrusted to the Franciscans;
- the Church of the Angels, one of the first places of worship in Carbone, built a few years before year 1000;
- the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, built in 1604.