The province of Matera is part of the Basilicata region together with the province of Potenza. The entire province, which includes the cities of Matera, Pisticci, Policoro, Bernalda and Montescaglioso, is geographically divided into two areas, the flat area of the Metapontino and the hilly area of the Matera Hills.
Metapontino, whose name comes from the ancient Greek city of Metaponto, represents the agricultural heart of the province yet a great tourist hub. Crossed by the rivers Bradano, Basento, Cavone, Agri and Sinni, it is the richest and also the most densely populated area of the region.
The territory is filled with many and varied fruit and vegetable crops, among which it stands out the Metaponto strawberry, mostly exported abroad. The so-called California of Italy, in addition to agriculture, also stands out for its Ionian coast of Lucania, an area that, with its 40 km of coast, usually hosts over 500,000 tourists.
Just above the Metaponto area, the province of Matera is characterized by a wooded hilly area, where cattle and pig farming is the main economy. A territory of dense forests, with cold winters and mild summers in which the production of cheeses and cured meats is the master, as well as an excellent production of wines and oils.
The hilly territory of the Matera province is to be considered a strong attraction also for lovers of environmental and hiking tourism thanks to the territory and its many possible paths immersed in completely natural environments.
Obviously, when we talk about the province of Matera, it is impossible not to name its biggest attraction, which is the homonymous town of Matera, UNESCO heritage and Capital of European culture 2019.
The City of the Sassi, the perfect combination of beauty and misery, between nobility and poverty, the perfect example of life and culture that is born where it is difficult to live. An exceptional example of architecture respecting the environment that offers all its visitors the fascinating feeling of discovering the path of an original cultural evolution, made of traces and masterpieces, of large and small testimonies, sometimes apparently humble, while other times naturally cultured.
Here are just some of the secrets of the province of Matera, hidden in the region of Basilicata, a treasure chest of inestimable wealth to be experienced.