About Basilicata

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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION INCLUDE:

  • BEACHES
  • NATIONAL PARKS
  • HISTORY & ART
  • FOOD & DRINK

Sitting on the instep of Italy’s boot, just west of Puglia, Basilicata is one of Italy’s lesser known regions.

Steeped in history with miles of white sandy beaches, striking mountain ranges and ancient towns where tourists are still rare, Basilicata is a region just waiting to be discovered.

Basilicata’s dramatic history is infused with the influences of Greek, French, Spanish and Arabian invaders who left their footprint on the Byzantine rock churches, fortified towns and medieval castles, which today continue to influence the colourful festivals, traditions and exquisite cuisine.

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Basilicata has two fantastic coastlines; the peaceful Ionian Coast in the east, with its unforgettable white sand and shallow sea, perfect for families and the Tyrrhenian Coast in the west, with its dramatic plunging cliffs leading to a network of beautiful sandy coves, ideal for the adventurer. Find out more…

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The region has a number of beautiful national parks located in the Lucanian Apennines; a spectacular mountain range that cuts Basilicata in half. The part of the range in the Basilicata region is known as the Lucanian Dolomites and the landscape here is breath-taking. Hill-top towns perch between rocks, and pristine lakes hide in the heights of the mountains, creating picture book scenery to explore. Find out more…

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Basilicata is a region rich in art, history and culture. The museums located throughout Basilicata are rich in archaeological finds, Renaissance frescoes, contemporary art and sculpture. Visit the the spectacular historical Park of the cave Churches of Matera, the medieval towns of Melfi and Venosa, and the stunning Paletine Tables in Metaponto. Find out more…

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The exquisite regional cuisine has been influenced by Basilicata’s cultural roots and the unique produce of the region. A point of pride in the area, these traditional, honest dishes are a delight to experience during your Italian escape. Explore local specialities and traditional regional recipes. Find out more…