An amazing region which has a lot to offer to its visitors. Its past has its roots in the prehistoric ages and its kitchen and folklore are rich of several different influences linked to the many invasions Basilicata had suffered during centuries. You will be able to find white beaches and crystal sea, villages excavated in the rocks and castles located on the top of silent mountains…are you ready?
It is also known as the “Pearl of the Tyrrheanina Sea” for its landscapes and for its artistic and historic treasures. The ancient village is located at the foot of the San Biagio Mountain, over which rises the Cristo Redentore that, with its 22 meters of height, is the highest statue of Italy. In front of the Maratea’s cost you will able to see Santo Janni Island where the homonyms dragon is living.
Sassi of Maratea
The Sassi are the ancient part of Matera and constitute a complete city dug in the rock. Elegant and intricate structures alternate themselves with underground labyrinths and caves, creating a special landscaping effect. The area is recognized by the Unesco as part of the Humanity Heritage.
On the Ionian Coast you will able to visit he ancient cities of the Magna Grecia, among which Metaponto. You must see the theatre, the Roman Castle, the Apollo, Demetria and Aphrodite Temples as well as the Tavole Palatine, a Doric temple dedicated to the cult of Hera.
Also here you will be able to find big sandy beaches and, inside its water, it is frequent the meeting with the marine turtles. Few steps from the village you can visit the archeological site of Heraclea, one f the most important center of the Magna Grecia in the VI Century b. C.
Its white streets and the reddish tiles remind of the ancient Andalusian villages. The ancient and highest part is th Terravecchia Rione. In addition, there must deserve a visit: the Castle, Chiesa Madre, la Chiesetta dell’Annunziata and the ancient door of the town.
To discover some treasures it is necessary to push yourself in the deepest inland, where you can find the village of Grumento Nova. At the foot of the hill on which it rises, you can find the remains of the ancient Grumentum, a Roman town. Among the archeological areas to visit: the theatre, the forum and the amphitheater
The peaks are not as high as the north ones but also the Lucanian Dolomites become pink during the sunset. You will be able to see them in the heart of the Val Basento. In the natural Park which hoots them there are itineraries for everybody.
Venosa is one of the most amazing villages of Italy. The ancient city gave birth to Orazio, the poet of the carpe diem. In one of the village’s streets you can find the so called Casa di Quinto Orazio Flacco, dated II Century a.C. In the surroundings you can have a look at the Aragonese Castle.
Entering into a tunnel dug in the rocks, after having overtaking an amazing groove, Castelmazzano will appear to you as a small crib, nestled and protected by the Lucanian Dolomite. Walking around its historical center is particularly evocative: the constructions dug in the rocks and the steep stairs among the streets will help in climbing to admire amazing landscapes.