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Basilicata Travel Guide

Where is Basilicata located?

Nestled between Campania, Puglia, and Calabria in southern Italy, Basilicata boasts an impressive mountainous territory shaped by ancient volcanoes. Rich in history and culture, this area offers several noteworthy – if little-known – tourist attractions. It is also the cradle of Aglianico del Vulture, one of the finest reds in Southern Italy. 

Why is it called Basilicata?

The term Basilicata was first used in 1175 and likely referred to the former Byzantine administrator of the province named ‘Basilikos‘.

What to See in Basilicata?

  • Craco: the ghost town.
  • Lakes of Monticchio: volcanic wonders.
  • Vulture Area: the cradle of the Aglianico del Vulture wine.
  • Venosa: hometown of the Latin poet Horace.
  • Lucanian Dolomites: a hiker’s paradise.
  • Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa: scenic villages.
  • Val d’Agri: lush nature.
  • Matera: a UNESCO heritage site with its stone-carved “Sassi” houses.
  • San Fele Waterfalls: natural beauties.
  • Maratea: mountains diving into the Tyrrhenian Sea, drawing parallels to the Amalfi coast.
  • Murgia Materana Park: spectacular limestone formations shape a unique landscape
  • Aliano Badlands: lunar landscapes.
  • Lagopesole Castle: one of the manors inhabited by Emperor Federick II.

What is the typical dish of Basilicata?

Many of Basilicata’s most time-honored and traditional recipes center on lamb and mutton, such as spezzatino di agnello, a dish featuring slow-cooked lamb.

  • Basilicata offers flavorful dishes such as Crapiata Materana, a rustic and nutritious soup, Peperoni Cruschi (dried peppers) from Senise, and the Pezzente della Montagna Materana salami. 
  • Pane di Matera is usually made with the ancient Senatore Cappelli wheat variety and was granted IGP status. 
  • Sarconi Beans are perfect to make flavorful soups. 


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