My Bella Basilicata
If a picture is worth a thousand words, video speaks volumes more! Explore the colors and traditions of Basilicata in this beautiful 'Snapshots of Lucania'.
A Hidden Land to Discover
Basilicata is possibly the least-known region in Italy. It includes the Potenza and Matera Provinces. It is cuddled between Puglia, Calabria, and Campania, and is the most sparsely populated part of the country. Its ancient name is Lucania, and while it was renamed Basilicata, the proud inhabitants are still known as Lucani. They cling to millennia-long traditions, preside over ancient ruins, and have a deep sense of hospitality. Throughout their history they have endured invasions, deprivation, and exploitation, yet modern Lucani offer warm welcomes and a genuine desire to share their culture with visitors.
While she dips two toes into two seas, Basilicata does not embody the typical Mediterranean image one may have of Italy. Like other regions of Italy, there are billowing wheat fields and rolling hills punctuated with grape vines and olive groves, but the bulk of the landscape is often rocky and rugged, even primitive. It has a unique and raw beauty. Time-worn villages cling to ridges and hilltops. Alpine mountains are ribboned with rivers and sliced with gorges.
For visitors, Basilicata offers sustainable tourism with abundance of outdoor activities, folk festivals, ancient Greek and Roman ruins, and historic castles. For residents, the region offers a slower pace of life, hospitable townspeople, and affordable homes.
Discover Basilicata – you’ll be glad you did!