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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 has been awarded 2019 European Capitals 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.

 

FREE GUIDEBOOK

Click image to download free guidebook to Basilicata

Download your guide to the beautiful masterpiece of Southern Italy to discover the hidden corners of Basilicata, a phrase book, places to stay and lots of other handy hints.

Ideas For

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Happy children make for happy holidays. With beaches, sea caves, and adventurous national parks, your next family holiday in Basilicata will be remembered!

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From Matera and Maratea, to Potenza and Rionero di Vulture, to Montescaglioso and Aliano, Basilicata offers unique, memorable, and fabulous city breaks.

Events

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The International Kite Festival 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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