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About Basilicata

Discover the beautiful region of Basilicata, the ideal location for holidays in Southern Italy. Relax and unwind on the two stunning coastlines that the Basilicata region has to offer or allow your taste buds to take the lead as you experience the exceptional regional cuisine.

Basilicata’s beauty is only trumped by its rich history. Dating back to the Preolithic era this region of Southern Italy has not only been influenced by the naturally warm and welcoming Italian way of life but by the Greek, French, Spanish and Arabian Invaders that marched through the land throughout the ages. You will not be disappointed in choosing Basilicata as your destination for holidays in Southern Italy.

Plan your holidays in Southern Italy with our lists of places to visit, activities and events, we’re sure your trip will leave you with a little piece of Basilicata in your heart forever.

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Basilicata has two fantastic coastlines, The Ionian Coast to the east, and the Tyrrhenian Coast to the west.

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With three well preserved, breath-taking national parks you truly are spoilt for choice.

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Basilicata is one of a select few locations in the world where you can explore an area steeped in history dating all the way back to the Palaeolithic age

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The regional cuisine has been influenced by Basilicata’s colourful history and cultural roots. Make sure you experience the taste of Basilicata first hand!

Places To Visit

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Thought to be one of the world’s oldest towns dating back as far as the Palaeolithic times, Matera is now home to a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and a candidate for the European Capital of Culture.

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Located on the Tyrrenhian Coastline to the south west of the region, Maratea is a chic coastal town with a historic centre, elegant harbour and pebbled coves.

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The medieval town of Melfi is situated in the province of Potenza, at the foot of Mount Vulture; an extinct volcano. The town itself is surrounded by a winding Norman city wall, the only one of its kind in Southern Italy.

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Metaponto is located on the Ionian coast, situated on a plain between the rivers Bradano and Basento. Metaponto offers beautiful, clean beaches and an azure sea making it perfect for family holidays.

 

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Happy children make for happy family holidays. With beautiful beaches on the Ionian Coast, adventures to be had in the Pollino National Park and sea caves to explore in Maratea your next family holiday in Basilicata is sure to be remembered forever.

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There are plenty of fabulous city breaks in Basilicata for you to enjoy. From Matera, Maratea, Potenza to Ronero Di Vulture, Montescaglioso and Aliano, all offer a unique and memorable experience.

Events

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The International Kite Festival is one of the most famous kite gatherings in the world. The 10 day event paints the sky with vibrant colours.

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The small town of Accettura hosts the ‘Marriage of the trees festival’, perhaps the oldest folk festival in Italy.

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The distinctive and unique aroma of Pane di Matera – Bread of Matera – flows between the stone buildings in the area. With its ancient baking process and precise compositions [...]

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"I am a grateful daughter of this land," Francesca Barra, journalist, writer and TV presenter says as she sums up her relationship with Basilicata in an interview during the filming between the Ionian coast and its inland areas, in order [...]

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Travel

There are plenty of travel options available for you. With direct flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick to Bari, Brindisi and Naples, alongside boats from Greece & Albania plus the possibility to travel by train you are sure to find the right options for you. Once here, our road and rail network provides good access to all villages, towns, cities and main visitor destinations.