Aliano is a hill top town south west of Craco famed for its peculiar houses made only of raw clay and set in the beautiful clay landscape known as the Badlands or ‘lunar landscape’. The cliff faces are made from white clay and sand which reach immense heights, and the surrounding valleys are characterised by water erosion and ravine. The town is relatively quiet, however, it hosts one of the most extravagant Lucanian Carnival celebrations in Basilicata, La Maschere Cornute (the horned mask festival). Alongside this is the Festival of Paesologia (the moon and the Badlands) which takes place in August; a four day festival of art, humour, music, literature and
sound, it is directed by poet Franco Arminio.

THE LITERARY PARK OF CARLO LEVI is one of the central attractions in Aliano. The Park was inspired by Carlo Levi’s book, “Christ Stopped at Eboli”, in which he recounts the dramatic story of his life while banished to the villages of Grassano (MT) and Aliano (MT) in 1935-6. The village of Aliano has created a literary park among the clay gullies typical of this part of Basilicata, offering a sentimental journey through the places described in Levi’s famous book.


Literary Park “Carlo Levi”

Aliano, Italy

T. +39 835 568315 / +39 835 568181

Opening times: July to September

10:30 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:30