The region

The only region in Italy with two names - but Basilicata, however, is the officially recognized denomination- is a land in which the history of nature and man have left important traces from the time when the land emerged from the sea. Formerly known as Lucania, from the "Lucus" Latin, because a forested land or because populated by Liky ancient people coming from Anatolia, or again because land reached by a warlike people which followed the light of the sun, formerly "luc", was called Basilicata for the first time in a document dating from 1175, probably deriving its name from "Basiliskos," byzantine administrator.

 

Basilicata, whose inhabitants still prefer to be referred to as Lucani rather than Basilisks or Basilicatesi, was for many years a land in which all the great problems of southern Italy seemed concentrated. Bordering on two seas, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the southwest, mountainous within with peaks of over 2000 m of altitude, hilly to the east and flat for a short distance to the southeast, Basilicata offers itself to the travelers by giving the charm of the discovery of its natural beauty, of the ancient history and of the history, of the traditions that in some areas have retained ancestral memories of the origins of man, of a simple and genuine gastronomy marked by the Mediterranean character.


Basilicata knows how to be loved by everyone who visits pushed by the desire of curiosity, by anyone who has in mind the desire to rediscover the charm of traveling along the roads that from the ridges of mountains or from the hills overlook the extraordinary landscapes and unusual ones, or to reach cities rich with history, seaside resorts with pristine beaches of fine golden sand where the Greeks landed in the eighth century. Basilicata is a land of contrasts and strong harmonies: jealous guardian of its own identity, it has retained all the typical features of rurality, and by contrast, here there are postmodern buildings or bridges that defy the laws of gravity, as in Potenza.

Destination little frequented by traditional tourism, it is rather welcoming and full of attractions: health in the spas of Rapolla, Spas of Ala and Latronico, Spa La Calda; nature in the Pollino National Park, in the Regional Natural Park of Gallipoli and Cognato, of Lucan Dolomites and Natural Archaeological Park of the Murgia and the Rock Churches of Matera; history in the museums of Potenza, Matera, Melfi, Venosa, Metaponto, Policoro, Castel Lagopesole Irsina; culture and tradition with the popular festivals and important exhibitions in Matera and Maratea; gastronomy in the many family un restaurants diamond poit of cuisine and of Lucan hospitality; swimming in the clear waters of Maratea and of Metaponto, Pisticci, Scanzano Ionico, Policoro,Rotondella and Nova Siri. Travelling in Basilicata has still the charm of adventure, of the discovery of a past rich with testimonies ,of contact with a generous and amazing nature, but also of very hospitable people ready to help whenever you need it.

 

 

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