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Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is a region of Southern Italy.

Provinces[edit]

Basilicata is divided into two provinces:

  Matera (MT)
The world-famous "sassi" of Matera, the suggestive landscapes of Murge plateau and "calanchi" (badlands), the Ionian coast rich of Greek archaeological remains and beach resorts.
  Potenza (PZ)
The green heart of the region with two National Parks, the pictoresque town of Maratea on the Tyrrhenian Sea, medieval villages and castles, excellent wines and products.

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Potenza — The regional capital and the largest city, home of Basilicata National Archaeological Museum
  • 2 Irsina — One the oldest towns, rich of religious architecture
  • 3 Maratea — The "pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" also known as "the town with 44 churches"
  • 4 Matera — The town of "Sassi" (UNESCO World Heritage), declared European Capital of Culture for 2019
  • 5 Melfi — Norman age center of the Vulture Area with the Castle of Emperor Frederick II
  • 6 Policoro — Beach resort on the Ionian Sea, with a National Archaeological Museum
  • 7 Venosa — One of "Italy's most beautiful villages", birthplace of Horace with an important archaeological site

Other destinations[edit]

The ghost town of Craco
  • 1 Barile — Small village that preserves its Greek-Albanian origins
  • 2 Craco — Fascinating ghost town, set of numerous films such as The Passion of The Christ
  • 3 Lagopesole — Small medieval village located on a hill and dominated by the silhouette of a Norman castle
  • 4 Metaponto — Resort on the Ionian Sea with the amazing remains of the Temple of Hera
  • 5 Rapolla — Renowned center of winery production and spa
  • 6 Senise — Beautiful and well preserved medieval town with an incredible variety of typical local dishes

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

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 bus company provides linking from the Naples International Airport to the regional capital Potenza (170 km) in about two hours.

By train[edit]

A train of Ferrovie Appulo Lucane arriving at Potenza Inferiore station

It is possible 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]

Platano Viaduct, on the border between Basilicata and Campania

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

  • Autostrada A2 Italia.svgMotorway 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
  • Autostrada A14 Italia.svgAdriatic Motorway, links Bologna to Taranto passing near Matera and Metaponto
  • Autostrada A16 Italia.svgMotorway 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:

  • Strada Statale 106 Italia.svgJonica, links Reggio di Calabria to Taranto through Basilicata Ionic coast
  • Strada Statale 407 Italia.svgBasentana, links Potenza to Metaponto
  • Strada Statale 598 Italia.svgFondo di Valle d'Agri, links Atena Lucana to Scanzano Jonico through Val d'Agri area
  • Strada Statale 655 Italia.svgBradanica, links Foggia to Matera
  • Strada Statale 658 Italia.svg — links Potenza to Melfi

See[edit]

Archaeological sites[edit]

Remains of the Temple of Hera, Metaponto

Castles[edit]

The Norman Castle of Melfi

Museums[edit]

Greek pottery in the National museum of Siritide

Nature reserves[edit]

Mount Pollino (2.248 m)
Lake of Pantano, Pignola

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]

Villages[edit]

The village of Castelmezzano

Do[edit]

Mount Vulture, in the northern part of the region

Eat[edit]

Peperoni cruschi

The cuisine of Basilicata is deeply anchored in peasant traditions. Its typical traits are a large use of stale bread crumbs as a condiment and chili and horseradish as spices. Basilicata is widely known for the peperoni cruschi (crunchy peppers), nicknamed "The red gold of Basilicata", a dry and sweet-flavoured variety that can be found in most regional dishes or even consumed as a chip. It is the dried form of the Peperone di Senise, one of the most popular Italian varieties. Basilicata is also renowned for Pane di Matera (Matera Bread), Lucanica sausage, cheeses like Pecorino di Filiano and Canestrato di Moliterno and Fragola Cadonga, a variety of strawberry cultivated in the Metaponto plain.

Some of the most characteristic dishes include:

  • Pasta con i peperoni cruschi — pasta dish with peperoni cruschi and fried bread crumb
  • Tumacë me tulë — pasta dish with tomato, anchovy, bread crumb and walnuts
  • Fusilli con pezzente e rafano — pasta dish seasoned with a ragù sauce made from pezzente salami and horseradish
  • Gnummareddi — Sheep or goat's offal rolled in bowels
  • Grattonato — Sheep's offal with eggs, pecorino cheese and peperoni cruschi powder
  • Baccalà a ciauredda — a fish dish made from stockfish, tomato, onion, olives and raisins
  • Rafanata — baked frittata with horseradish and Pecorino cheese
  • Pastizz — baked turnover with pork meat, eggs and cheese
  • Calzoncelli — fried or baked pastries filled with a cream of almonds and chocolate
  • Scorzette — baked pastries made from egg white, hazelnuts and melted chocolate

Drink[edit]

Aglianico del Vulture
  • Aglianico del Vulture — a world-famous DOCG red wine produced in the Vulture area
  • Amaro Lucano — a herbal liqueur usually used as an apéritif or digestif
  • Sempre Freddo — a liqueur made from a mixture of the Aglianico wine, black cherry and vanilla
  • Birra Morena — a multi-awarded beer

Stay safe[edit]

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

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