City Breaks

There are plenty of fabulous city breaks in Basilicata for you to enjoy. Choose from UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Castles, Vineyards, Beaches plus lots more. Here is a selection of the best cities to visit in Basilicata:

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MATERA

Matera is one of the two cities to be named 2019 European Capital of Culture. The most famous part of Matera is the Sassi district, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can explore hundreds of troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. The cave dwellings were lived in until the 1950’s and are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean.

MARATEA

Built on the slopes of Monte San Biagio, Maratea has a wonderful historic town centre in addition to its beautiful beaches and port. Marina di Maratea is a great place to make a toast on the Tyrrhenian coast.

POTENZA

The capital of Basilicata is at an altitude of 819m making Potenza the highest regional capital in Italy.  Nestled in the Appenine Mountains, the city overlooks the valley of the Basento River.

RIONERO DI VULTURE

Having been in existence since at least 290BC, Rionero di Vulture was seized by the Normans  at around 1041. The towns in the area are overshadowed by Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano which has produced fertile soils locally. Aglianico del Vulture is a famous DOC wine from the area.

MONTESCAGLIOSO

The centre of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. Montescaglioso’s 11-15th century Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo and the Baroque parish church of San Pietro e Paolo are famous. In August the Festa di San Rocco is a colourful local festival with a religious parade and fireworks well worth a visit.

ALIANO

A town 90 km from Matera where Carlo Levi was exiled. You can visit his house and see the stunning landscape he wrote about in ‘Christ stopped at Eboli’. Take note that Aliano isn’t a tourist town so few services can be found here.