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Day Trips in Italy - Basilicata

The provinces in Basilicata: Matera and Potenza.

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Towns & Villages


Cradled in the rocks among the jutting peaks of the Dolomiti Lucane, Castelmezzano leaves you breathless. The first glimpse of this stone town charms and beckons. At night it's downright alluring with a hazy glow and floodlit rocks; it looks like...Read more

Italy - Basilicata - Potenza - Castelmezzano
Towns & Villages - Village


Maratea is a seaside marvel - a beautiful pastel-painted hill town with a marina village below at the water's edge. It has all the charm of the Amalfi Coast towns but is widely unknown, much less crowded and less expensive. The mountains fall righ...Read more

Italy - Basilicata - Matera - Maratea
Towns & Villages - Town

Regional Food & Drink

Basilicata Olive Oil

The owner of Antico Frantoio Di Perna in the town of Campomaggiore, in the mountains above Potenza, gave us a tour of his mill. They use modern equipment and produce extra virgin olive oil from local olives which they ship worldwide. They...Read more

Italy - Basilicata - Potenza - Campomaggiore
Regional Food & Drink - Olive Oil

Ancient Greek

Metaponto Palatine Tables

The Palatine Tables (Tavole Palatine) near Metaponto are the remains of a sixth century BC Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Hera. Originally the temple had 32 columns (6 by 12) but only 15 of the doric limestone columns remain. It si...Read more

Italy - Basilicata - Matera - Metaponto
Ancient Greek - Temple


Sassi of Matera

The Sassi of Matera (Sassi di Matera) is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, dating from the Palaeolithic era. It is the best example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. The houses are carved i...Read more

Italy - Basilicata - Matera - Matera
Prehistoric - Settlement, UNESCO World Heritage Site


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