Lucania known as Basilicata is a region in southern Italy formed by the tandem of Potenza and Matera provinces.
Basilicata region is rich on mountains and hills, thanks to the presence of theLucanian Apennines with Vulture, Voltrurino and Pollino peaks. There is also a large plain called Piana di Metaponto occupying the southern part of the region.
The region is crossed by 4 major rivers: Bradano, Basento, Sinni and Agri. In Basilicata you can also admire large lakes: Lake Senise and Lake Giuliano or Lago di Serra San Corvo. The climate is typically Apennine, while near the coast you may enjoys Mediterranean temperatures.
Basilicata became so popular as a tourist region thanks to the Sassi of Matera recognized the UNESCO heritage since 1993. Besides iconic Sassi districts in Basilicata you will discover many places of interest such as the cities of Potenza, Matera, Melfi, Venosa, Metaponto, Policoro. Here are located thermal baths of Rapolla, the Baths of Ala and Latronico. Rich natural heritage of Basilicata is presented by Pollino Park, Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato and Lucanian Dolomites. Among the seaside areas you will definitely appreciate Marate, Pisticci, Scanzano Jonico, Policoro, Rotondella and Nova Siri.
Local culture is famous first of all for local food and wine tradition underlined by olive trees of the highest quality giving life to the olives of Ferrandina, olive oil made in Vulture and on the hills of Matera.Moliterno's cheeses such as Canestrato and Casieddu are very well known as well as signature Pecorino di Filiano and the excellent Podolica Caciocavallo.
Traditional food made in Basilicata is recognized as IGP products on the global market including the bread of Matera, Fagiolo di Sarconi, poor bean of Rotonda, pepper of Senise and red aubergine of Rotonda PGI.
Hidden in the shadow of many other regions, Basilicata offers a perfect blend of scents, flavors and traditions all to discover.