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The region, due to massive emigration in the past, is underpopulated, the economy is mostly based on agriculture, though the Eastern and central areas are almost desert. Industrial development is low, though there are still some flourishing crafts sectors, such as ceramics, woodwork and textiles. A great promise and hope is tourism, mostly along the Thyrrenian coast which proovides beautiful clean beaches.

The property market in Basilicata
Basilicata is still relatively undiscovered, with ancient underpopulated medevil villages providing inexpensive property opportunities. The rich culture and mediteranean foods and hundreds of kilometres of beautiful coastline, with some of the cleanest beaches in Italy.

All About Basilicata

History of Basilicata

In Roman times the district was called Lucania and was administered together with the district of Bruttium (inhabited by the Bruttii), to the south. The district of Lucania was so called from the people bearing the name Lucani (Lucanians), who invaded the country about the middle of the 5th century BC, driving the indigenous tribes, known to the Greeks as Oenotrians, Chones, and Leuterni (or Leutarni), into the mountainous interior. The coasts on both sides were occupied by powerful Greek colonies, part of Magna Graecia.

The Lucanians were engaged in hostilities with the Greek colony of Taras/Tarentum, and with Alexander, king of Epirus, who was called in by the Tarentine people to their assistance, in 326 BC, thus providing a precedent for Epirote interference in the affairs of Magna Graecia.

In 298, Livy records, they made alliance with Rome, and Roman influence was extended by the colonies of Venusia (291), Paestum (Greek Posidonia, refounded in 273), and above all Roman Tarentum (refounded in 272). Subsequently, however, the Lucanians suffered by choosing the losing side in the various wars on the peninsula in which Rome took part. A large part of the province was given up to pasture, and the mountains were covered with forests, which abounded in wild boars, bears and wolves.

Towns of Basilicata

Metaponto Beach Basilicata ItalyMetaponto

Metaponto is a small town of about a 1000 people in the province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. There are ancient ruins in Metaponte such as the Temple of Hera pictured above and the new museum contains objects from prehistory to the last Roman community. Without doubt the main attraction is the 1 km stretch of perfect beach with white powdery sand.

Matera or Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera
Matera is the capital center of the province of the same name, and has gained international fame for its ancient town, the so-called "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera") which is a prehistorical (troglodyte) settlement, and is suspected to be one of the first human settlements in Italy. This ancient town lays over a small canyon, which has been dug in the course of years by a small water stream, called "Gravina". In 1993 Matera was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The "Sassi" are houses dug into the tuff rock typical of Puglia and Basilicata. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns. During the 1950s, the government relocated most of the population of the Sassi to the modern city of Matera. People still live in the Sassi today, however. There is a great similarity in the look of the Sassi with that of ancient sites in and around Jerusalem, which are as ancient, and for this reason was chosen by film makers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem, more specifically by Pier Paolo Pasolini in "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1964), Bruce Beresford in "King David" (1985) and Mel Gibson in "The Passion of the Christ" (2004).


Maratea CoastThe famous small mountain town of Maratea is located in the Basilicata region, 30 km from the Cilento national park, where the Basilicata region touches the Tyrrhenian Sea along a narrow strip of 25 km where you find one of the last bathing paradises of southern Italy. The region provides a cheaper and less crowded alternative to the Amalfi Coast. Crystal clear water and rich vegetation stretches from the beach to the heights of the small mountain town of Maratea. Idyllic and yet lively Maratea with its narrow alleys, piazzas, bars and exquisite restaurants still spreads the magic of the Mezzogiorno.



From Maratea, it's a short drive to Rivello, a dramatically situated hill town of 3,500 inhabitants that is virtually unknown to English-speaking travelers. Rivello is a small town, but full of many treasures - and well worth a visit, particularly for those who appreciate church architecture and art.


Landscape of Basilicata

The region is as a whole mountainous, the highest point of the southern Apennines being Monte Pollino (7325 ft). Monte Vulture, in the northwest corner (Vulture area), is an extinct volcano (4365 ft)

Parco Regionale Gallipoli Cognato e Piccole Dolomiti Lucane. The Park covers an area of 27,027 hectares and safeguards a wide area situated in the center of the regional territory. This area presents important naturalistic, historical, and ethno-anthropological values: the forest of Gallipoli Cognato, covering more than 4.200 hectares; the wood of Montepiano, consisting in imposing turkey oak specimens, Mediterranean maquis with residual nuclei of hoalm oak, sandstone rocks forming the strange silhouettes of the Dolomiti Lucane in Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, and remains of the walls of the town built in the 4th century BC at the top of Mt. Croccia.

In the Park there is a thick network of paths suited to the needs of both the most expert hikers and the people loving easy walks. Spring and autumn are without a doubt the best seasons to visit the Park, thanks to the mild local climate, while in summer you will have the opportunity to enjoy the coolness of the Turkey oaks in the highest areas of the Park. You can explore on foot, on horseback, or by mountain-bike, and enjoying the typical hospitality of the inhabitants of this wonderful corner of Basilicata!

Cuisine and Ingredients of Basilicata

Food of Basilicata

The food of Basilicata gets its taste from its strong spicy ingredients. It is rich in flavours of wild herbs and tomatoes, silvery olives, and prickly pear cactus. Red peppers abound as do strong sheep and goat cheeses. The cooking methods are simple with much baking and grilling. Little meat is eaten but the the quality of the mutton, goat or pork is excellent.
The pasta, made from the strong durum wheat, is often still home made and comes in many different shapes.
Typical are the 'lagane' - small rough shaped lasagne, or the rolled 'miniuch' similar to spaghetti with a hole. The sauces use all the vegetables available, yellow with peppers, red with tomatoes, green with chards.
Desserts are simple but delicious based on grain, nuts and a particular use of local cheeses.

Wines of Basilicata

Basilicata wines are rich and strong, full of hot sunshine: deep red Aglianico, and tasty whites like Asprinio, Malvasia, and Moscato.

How to get to Basilicata

Fly to Southern ItalyBari: 1 hour 20 minutes (alternatively, fly to Naples or Lamezia, both 3hrs 30mins away)(84 km)
Brindisi: 2 hours 20 minutes. (199 km)
Naples 2 hours 320 minutes.(213 km)


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