Once upon a time the Region was called Lucania and was inhabited by ancient Greeks. They brought their art and culture to this land, making it even more beautiful with sacred buildings and villages...Today you can still see traces of these pleasant times traveling from coast to coast, across Basilicata

What to see in Basilicata

yellow hills with grass and trees
Alastair Dunning via Flickr

This small Region in the south of Italy, with a mountainous heart, touches the Mediterranean Sea on two sides: south-west with the Policastro Gulf on Tirreno Sea, and south-east in Taranto Gulf, on Jonio Sea. They where two important places by the time of Magna Grecia, from where to dominate the Mediterranean Sea as a whole. If you are thinking about an holiday surrounded by the nature and the history of Basilicata, you can find more inspirations reading our green travel guides:

Potenza

Matera

Green holidays and slow path itineraries

some people whatching at the landscape from a terrace: hills and mountains of the national park
Pollino National Park - Thinking Nomads via Flickr

The wide mountain area in the north-west part of the Region, at the board with Calabria, is covered by the Pollino National Park. You can walk across the park following many itineraries, dip in the nature. Typical and protect tree of the Park is Pino Loricato, a pine species. Also in the area of Piccole Dolomiti Lucane, with their sharp peaks, located in the heart of the Region in the south of Potenza, offers many itineraries to go trekking.

a small village built between rocky mountains
Castelmezzano - Antonio via Flickr

Famous are also the lunar landscapes in the surroundings of Alliano. Here you can admire Calanchi, characteristic formations of the territory eroded by the water where the vegetation is rare. In Basilicata there is also an old dormant volcano, the Vulutre. You can walk up to its top, passing by two lakes, located where there was the crater of the volcano.

calanchi made by the erosion of water
Calanchi - Giuseppe Quattrone via Flickr

If you prefer the seaside, we suggest you a visit to the coast of Jonio Sea. Between the cities of Metaponto, Policoro and Nuova Siri you will find soft sandy beaches where to doze caressed by the sound of the waves.

a sandy beach and the see. there is a woman walking on it
Policoro seaside - luigi9555 via Flickr

 

Cities of today..and of the past

This Region had a great importance at the time of Magna Grecia. In specific, the city of Metaponto was its heart, as it can be seen by visiting the archeological area and the artifacts preserved at the museum. Near Policoro you can visit the old Greek city of Eraclea, with the rest of two temples and of the acropolis. Go back to the classical era, by visiting this two places!

rest of a temple
Metaponto - Giuseppe Quattrone via Flickr

In Melfi you can admire the Medieval Castle of Lagopesole, built at the time of the Swabian emperor Federico II, the most beautiful and mysterious of the Region. Also Pisticci is worth visiting, the third biggest city of Basilicata.

a castle built upon a green hill
Melfi Castle - Giuseppe Lacalandra via Flickr

Flavors in between earth and sea

A mix of legumes , vegetables , grains, herbs and spices characterizes the traditional dishes in the Region. It has been said that the Italian hand made pasta was invented here. The Latin poet Orazio, in the year 65 a.C., recounted of the chickpea and leeks soup, which still is a traditional dish nowadays.

a plate of fish soup with tomatoes
Fish soup- isolafelice.net

From breeding of goats and sheep, cheese is produced. It is a renowned product that often accompany typical dishes. Another invention coming from this land is “Lucanica”, rolled meat backed or grilled and eaten in all parts of Italy.

different types of cheese
Cheese - isolafelice.net

Traditional cakes are made with simple ingredients and bold combinations. One example is “catoncelli” filled with chickpea cream, chocolate and sugar, but also “sanguinaccio”, made with pig's blood, grapes juice, chocolate, lemon, cinnamon and raisins.

Where to sleep in Basilicata

Here you can find some suggestions if you are thinking about going on holiday in Basilicata

Il Quercieto, Marsicotevere (PZ). It is an organic farm, situated on a hill at the foot of an oak forest and protected to the north by a high mountain: the Volturino, which comes right down to the stone houses. There, the oak forest gives space to an olive grove, a vineyard, an apple orchard and fields of wheat and corn. The organic farm also use biodynamic method. It's the perfect place to relax and be in the nature.

B&B Conte Gattini, Matera. The B & B Conte Gattini is in the center of Matera, close to the famous "Sassi" and you can easly reach it on foot or using the public transportation. It has independent and comfortable rooms. 

Find out other eco friendly accommodations in Basilicata

the city of Matera built with pale stone
Matera - Gianluca Canello via Flickr

If you are looking for other suggestions for your trip to Basilicata, you can read these articles:

Matera is European Capital of Culture 2019: what to visit

100 per hours, flying through the sky of Lucania Mountains, in Basilicata

 

Author: Anita Cason

Cover image: Nature in Basilicata, ph. by Giuseppe Flace via http://natura2000basilicata.it/

Eco-friendly accommodations

Torrechiara Eco Dimora di Charme

Metropolitan City of Bari (Apulia)

Starting from 120,00 €

L'Albero di Eliana b&b nei Sassi

Matera (Basilicata)

Starting from 60,00 €

Appartamen. ecofriendly vista Borgo

Province of Matera (Basilicata)

Starting from 65,00 €

Ospitalità Rurale Casale Il Sughero

Province of Salerno (Campania)

Starting from 70,00 €

La Voce del fiume Dimora di charme

PZ (Basilicata)

Starting from 99,00 €

La Casa nella Grotta – Mater Domini

Taranto (Puglia)

Starting from 45,00 €

Villa in oliveto sulla Gravina

Matera (Basilicata)

Starting from 40,00 €

Borgo Valle Rita

Taranto (Puglia)

Starting from 69,00 €

Agriturismo Moschella, Masseria Bio

Foggia (Apulia)

Starting from 75,00 €

Agriturismo Poggio Ferrata

Metropolitan City of Bari (Apulia)

Starting from 80,00 €

B&B Spigolatrice

Salerno (Campania)

Starting from 40,00 €

Case vacanza nel Cilento vista mare

Salerno (Campania)

Starting from 43,00 €

Villa RosaMaria

Potenza (Basilicata)

Starting from 120,00 €

Agriturismo il Querceto

Potenza (Basilicata)

Starting from 90,00 €

Lavinium Albergo Diffuso

Cosenza (Calabria)

Starting from 45,00 €