Far from national and international mass tourism, the Basilicata region is a unique-in-its-genre crossways between nature, history and culture, definitely worth discovering a little at a time.
For visitors who enjoy holidays in contact with nature, Maratea is near the Pollino National Park, the largest natural park in Italy, capable of offering fabulous landscapes and a fauna full of species that are now extinct in other parts of Italy, such as the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon and the griffon vulture.
Besides the Appennino Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese National Park, the youngest Italian national park, the Basilicata region also offers another important naturalistic location: the Murgia Materana Archaeological Park, which includes the well-known Stones of Matera, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera.
Probably the best-known city in Basilicata, also thanks to its nomination as European Capital of Culture for 2019, Matera is known as the City of Stones, due to the particular nature of its historical centre.
This extremely ancient urban settlement, which coincides with the fulcrum of the Civita, the ancient city, is located in two small valleys separated by a rocky spur, and this hidden position helped the city survive centuries of history, making it almost invisible to its enemies.
Fascinating during the day and evocative at night-time, this city is bound to enchant you!
These small towns are but three of the many delightful pearls hidden in the Basilicata region.
With their respective Greek, Roman and Neolithic origins, these locations conserve important traces of human history in their numerous archaeological sites and museums, such as the National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto, in the homonymous town.
Overlooking two different seas, the coast of Basilicata is harsh ad jagged yet offers secret coves and beaches fully worth a boat trip, as well as many caves which can be visited according to the tide.
A short boat trip will also take you to the tiny islands of Punta della Matrella and Santo Janni: the latter, due to its high exposure to sun beams, is a harsh location whose rocks welcome the so-called Dragon of Santo Janni, a bizarre brown-blue lizard protected by specific laws.