The Basilicata region is a unique, surprising and fascinating area. A small region offering a great variety of experiences.
Matera e dintorni
Above all, visitors will enjoy discovering one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Matera, the city of stones, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993. A unique setting with grottos and houses carved into the rock, rupestrian churches, tiers of steps, narrow alleys and ravines.
And then, deep valleys and a myriad of villages and towns on the cliff sides and hills that fully retain their original appearance.
Each site is a treasure trove of history, art and architecture. Places to visit include Acerenza, Castelmezzano, Guardia Perticara, Pietrapertosa, Venosa and Viggianello.
I borghi fantasma
In the Basilicata region there are also two ghost villages. A visit to these places, which were gradually abandoned over the years, is a truly unique experience. The opportunity to visit Craco should not be missed. This village was abandoned as a result of a landslide that occurred in 1969 and was included in the watch list of the World Monuments Fund in 2010, which aims at protecting humanity’s historical and cultural heritage. Campomaggiore Vecchio was built according to the utopian theories of the eighteenth century and then abandoned in 1885 following a landslide.
Sulle tracce di Federico
In the Basilicata region the Vulture area is worth noting, where even today there are still traces of Emperor Frederick II. This is a territory of dense woodland, with two lakes in the craters of an extinct volcano at Monticchio. One may also decide to visit and admire the Castle of Lagopesole, a hunting residence of Emperor Frederick. On summer evenings, images are projected onto the inner walls of the castle courtyard to offer those present a chance to travel back in time.
You may then continue your journey and visit the majestic Castle of Melfi which, in the Swabian era, was the favourite residence of Emperor Frederick II.
Tra mare e natura
Also worth travelling are the thirty-five kilometres of coastline, with its splendid golden beaches, wide stretches of fine sand and breathtaking landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean. The beaches of the Ionian coast remind us of past ages, and in particular of the heroic figures, deities, philosophers and warriors of the Magna Graecia coastal area of southern Italy.
Aside from its beaches, it is worth noting that 30% of the Basilicata region is covered by protected areas, two national parks and two regional parks for those who love nature, outdoor activities and sport.
And for the more adventurous visitors to the area, the ‘Volo dell’Angelo‘ (‘flight of the angel’) offers an opportunity to literally fly between the peaks of the villages of Cartelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, known as two of the ‘most beautiful villages in Italy’ in the Lucanian Dolomites. Those who decide to ‘fly’ on the 1,000 m cable suspended across the valley will enjoy a thrilling experience as they travel at a height of 400 m, taking in the breathtaking landscape.
La Magna Grecia
Un tuffo nella Magna Grecia tra le antiche colonie di Taranto, Policoro e Metaponto.
Si parte dalle bellezze di Taranto con il ponte girevole e la città vecchia, il museo MarTa e il Castello Aragonese, il mare tutto intorno e la sua gente.
E ancora Policoro, l’antica Heraclea, che si divide tra mare, archeologia e natura incontaminata. Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Siritide con il Santuario di Demetra e il Tempio di Dioniso, bosco Pantano e poi tutta la costa dorata.
Infine Metaponto, una delle più importanti colonie della Magna Grecia, dove il Parco Archeologico con il tempio denominato Tavole Palatine, vi porteranno indietro nel tempo in un viaggio meraviglioso.