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A trip to Basilicata will reveal to you the mysterious beauty of this still untouched territory and its immense potential.
Genuine traditions, restored villages perched on the mountains, the hidden beaches and a pristine sea make a Basilicata travel surprising and full of stirring emotions for the soul.
What are the main reasons for a visit in Basilicata?
The exodus from lands untouched by modern development created fascinating places full of mystery and beautiful ghost towns, or urban works of art like Matera, an icon of contradictions but also the rebirth of this land.
Basilicata’s coast is the area most developed for tourism: its coasts and its sea maintain a purity that makes it seductive, with its sparkling jewel being Maratea.
Things to see and things to do in Basilicata
Craco is a ghost town abandoned after several earthquakes that made it uninhabitable. The village perched on a mountain, with a fantastic view of the valley, can be visited with a guide, walking through its mysterious alleys.
The Pollino National Park is a microcosm of valleys, rocky rivers that attract wild animals, majestic mountains, and centuries-old pine trees perched on the rocks.
Among the things to do in Basilicata is the famous "Flight of the Angel", a breathtaking route suspended on a safe cable from Pietrapertosa to Castelmezzano - an incredible experience.
You can discover the secrets of Matera’s bread in a typical oven, digging your fingers in flour and kneading using the techniques learned and the secrets revealed by master bakers.
You must try Luccan cuisine, simple and essential, made of genuine seasonal ingredients with an abundance of fava beans, beans, lentils, fresh pasta garnished in a million ways and sublime meat dishes.
Events and festivals in Basilicata
The Luccan Carnival is a unique event characterized by horned or hay masks, animated trees, fake animals and masked herds for a unique event accompanied by spirit-chasing cowbells.
Among the events in Basilicata that stand out the most is the Lauria Folk Festival. In August, it presents proudly Luccan culture, products and traditions through exhibitions, shows, dances and traditional music.
Festivals in Basilicata are always an occasion to involve everyone and every event or festival dedicated to the Virgin Mary is the perfect occasion to meet.
Easter is of great importance in Basilicata and almost every town organizes its Holy Representation of the Passion of Christ during the Holy Week. In particular, in Matera the beautiful Mater Sacra is an emotional event along the Sassi, animated with lights, sounds and narration.
Like for the Holy Week, in Basilicata it is tradition to create nativity scenes in almost every village and hold fascinating reenactments of the nativity: the nativity scene in the Sassi of Matera, Filiano, Sant’Angelo le Fratte and Muro Lucano are particularly famous.