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Italy travel guide: Travel tips, tours, "what to do" in region Basilicata

Basilicata - The coast of Maratea
The coast of Maratea

Basilicata : The coast of Maratea

Basilicata : The Castle of Melfi

Basilicata : The Cathedral of Acerenza

Basilicata : View of Potenza

Basilicata : The Sassi of Matera

Basilicata : The Lucano Apennines

Basilicata : The Rabatana of Tursi

Basilicata : The Temples of Metaponto

Capital city: Potenza

Provinces: Potenza, Matera

Basilicata is a small region that is located in the South of Italy. Most of its land is dominated by an unspoiled nature, characterized by vivid colors, fresh air and extreme quietness.

Despite this region is not as visited as many others, it has beautiful treasures to offer: the natural beauties range from Mount Vulture to some peaceful lakes, such as Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo. The landscape is scattered with many enchanting villages, where authentic traditions interlace.

Basilicata is a great destination for sea lovers, especially for those who love exploring the rich seabed of the area. Famous sea villages like Policoro and Metaponto overlook the Ionian Sea and offer visitors beautiful beaches surrounded by wild nature, while the Gulf of Policastro, with its main sea resort Maratea, overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and features a jagged coast and small, lovely beaches.

The real favorite destination of the whole region is Matera, a city that is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage because of its Paleolithic settlements, called Sassi, which give the city a spectacular and unique appearance.

Food & Wine: this region's cuisine is mostly based on ancient culinary traditions and on local products. There is a great use of home-made pasta of different types, as well as bread, that is used to make some soups called panella o pane cotto. Lamb meat is also eaten a lot, so as some typical dishes like sanguinaccio dolce (a sweet cream based on pork's blood), lucanica (a pork sausage), or piatto d'erbe alla lucana (a dish based on vegetables). Different varieties of chili peppers and peppers are used to prepare many typical dishes.


Great travel tips: what you should not miss when visiting region Basilicata

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*Discover the coast of Maratea, pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea


Itinerary: Castrocucco, Maratea, Rivello, Gulf of Policastro, Tyrrhenian sea

Scenic Drive - North Italy

Discover the coast of Maratea, pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Discover the beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Policastro where Maratea, the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea is located

Cat.: Country tour

Location: Seaside

Region: Basilicata

Walking among the astonishing Sassi of Matera

Itinerary: Matera

South Italy

Walking among the astonishing Sassi of Matera

A walking tour in Matera to discover its Sassi, the archaic buildings of the historic center carved in the limestone

Cat.: Art City

Location: Countryside

Region: Basilicata

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