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Basilicata in Italy

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is a region of Southern Italy. It is divided into two provinces: Potenza (PZ) and Matera (MT).


Night view of Matera
  • Potenza — The regional capital and the largest city, home of Basilicata National Archaeological Museum
  • Barile — Small village that preserve its Greek-Albanian origins
  • Irsina — One the oldest towns, rich of religious architecture
  • Lagopesole — Small medieval village located on a hill and dominated by the silhouette of a Norman castle
  • Maratea — The "pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" also known as "the town with 44 churches"
  • Matera — The town of "Sassi" (UNESCO World Heritage), declared European Capital of Culture for 2019
  • Melfi — Norman age center of the Vulture Area with the Castle of Emperor Frederick II
  • Policoro — Beach resort on the Ionian Sea, with a National Archaeological Museum
  • Venosa — One of "Italy's most beautiful villages", birthplace of Horace with an important archaeological site

Other destinations[edit]

The ghost town of Craco
  • Craco — Fascinating ghost town, set of numerous films such as The Passion of The Christ
  • Metaponto — Resort on the Ionian Sea with the amazing remains of the Temple of Hera
  • Rapolla — Renowned center of winery production and spa
  • Senise — Beautiful and well preserved medieval town with an incredible variety of typical local dishes


Get in[edit]

A train of Ferrovie Appulo Lucane arriving at Potenza Inferiore station
Platano Viaduct, on the border between Basilicata and Campania

By plane[edit]

Bari-Palese International Airport (BRI IATA) is 64 km distant from Matera and it is linked to the town by the regional bus company COTRAB. This airport is the best choice to reach the eastern-Ionian area of Basilicata, while Naples International Airport (NAP IATA) is the best option to exploring the western-Tyrrhenian area of the region. The Autolinee Liscio [dead link] bus company provides linking from the Naples International Airport to the regional capital Potenza (170 km) in about two hours.

By train[edit]

It is possibile to reach Potenza from Rome in about 5 hours with one change at Salerno station, using the trains of the national operator. Ferrovie Appulo Lucane is a regional operator that provides connections from Potenza and Matera to Bari, but the travel can be quite long and sometimes uncomfortable since the efficiency of the service is far from excellent.

By car[edit]

Three autostrade (toll roads) can be used to reach Basilicata from other parts of Italy:

  • A2Motorway of the Mediterranean Sea, links Salerno to Reggio Calabria passing through the area of the Pollino National Park (southern part of the region). It has a ramification that directly connects Potenza to Salerno
  • A14Adriatic Motorway, links Bologna to Taranto passing near Matera and Metaponto
  • A16Motorway of the Two Seas, links Naples to Canosa passing near Melfi and the Vulture area

For more info you can check the site of Autostrade per l'Italia.

Get around[edit]

Strade statali (trunk roads) can be used for reaching internal destinations or the surrounding regions:

  • SS 106Jonica, links Reggio di Calabria to Taranto through Basilicata Ionic coast
  • SS 407Basentana, links Potenza to Metaponto
  • SS 598Fondo di Valle d'Agri, links Atena Lucana to Scanzano Jonico through Val d'Agri area
  • SS 655Bradanica, links Foggia to Matera
  • SS 658 — links Potenza to Melfi


Remains of the Temple of Hera, Metaponto
The Castle of Melfi
Greek pottery in the National museum of Siritide
Lake of Pantano, Pignola
Mount Pollino (2.248 m)
The village of Castelmezzano

Archaeological sites[edit]



Nature reserves[edit]

Approximately the 30% of Basilicata's total area is occupied by nature reserves. Here are the most relevant ones:

Check for a detailed map of Basilicata's natural protected areas: [5]



Mount Vulture, in the northern part of the region


Red peppers in Tursi
  • Fragola Cadonga — The "red gold of Basilicata", a variety of strawberry cultivated in the Metaponto plain [11]
  • Gnummareddi — Sheep or goat's offal rolled in bowels
  • Pane di Matera (Matera Bread) — A typical bread prepared with durum wheat flour
  • Peperone di Senise — Senise red pepper
  • Sanguinaccio dolce — Creamy pudding made with dark chocolate
  • Soppressata — Cured dry sausage typical of the whole Southern Italy

For a longer list of typical dishes of Basilicata: [12]


Aglianico del Vulture
  • Aglianico del Vulture — a world-famous DOC red wine produced in the Vulture area [13]
  • Amaro Lucano — an herbal liqueur usually used in Apéritif and digestif [14]

Stay safe[edit]

The region is one of the safest in the country. Pickpocketing and violent crimes are extremely rare.

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