Basilicata, Italy

BASILICATA

AIR PORT

  • Closest airports are Bari and Naples

TERRITORY

Basilicata is located in the south of Italy, between Calabria and Apulia.
For the most part it is occupied by mountains, covered with wonderful woods and splendid forests.
Even though it is a mainly internal region, Basilicata touches two seas: the Ionian and Tyrrhenian. 
The Ionic coast, with the two famous sea resorts of Metaponto and Policoro, offers wide beaches, either sandy or pebbly, and partially surrounded by pinewoods and rows of eucalyptus that give off a lovely scent.  The Gulf of Policastro, on the Tyrrhenian side, has higher and more indented coasts, where steep promontories alternate with small beaches washed by a crystal-clear sea. 

CITIES

Potenza (regional capital) and Matera.

WORTH TO MENTION

Beautiful  is the area of the Monticchio Lakes, one of the most spectacular locations in Basilicata. 
Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo  fill the two craters of Mount Vulture, now extinct, and are surrounded by thick and lush vegetation.
  Matera's Paleolithic setlements, the "Sassi," are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with Matera's numerous rupestrian churches.

CLIMATE

Basilicata enjoys a very varied climate depending on latitude and altitude. The mountains provide a typical continental climate while the Jonian and Tyrrhenian coasts enjoy a Mediterranean one.
Visiting periods: the mountains are ideal in winter for skiing and in summer for trekking. Summer is ideal for the beautiful coastline and beaches. Spring and autumn to explore the whole region.

Main topics

One of the greatest Italian red wines, the Aglianico del Vulture DOC, is produced in Basilicata.
A masterpiece book by Carlo Levi, the first author to immortalize the region.
Relax on the very same has sandy, uncrowded beaches where Spartacus and Pythagoras rested.
For a moment full of adrenaline try the world’s fastest zipline at speeds of up to 120kph and suspended at heights of 888m between two mountain towns Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano.

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