Few know anything about Basilicata. And many others feel that it is one of Italy’s poorest regions. But all the movies shot here and the incredible coast screams that this place is as dramatically beautiful as the Amalfi Coast.
Basilicata has been blessed with coastlines on both the two seas. In the southwest we find the Ionian Sea, in the southeast the Tyrrhenian Sea. The beaches are small but good, and often with the a very wild character.
Golden sandy coves, surrounded by smooth rocks received with open arms. Coast towards the Tyrrhenian Sea has a beauty similar to the Amalfi Coast, as we said, but the difference is still significant. Car traffic on the serpentine road is gratefully sparse, and you rarely have fully booked hotels. The medieval idyll Maratea offers both lovely beaches and the charm of a famous seaside resort.
Along the Ionian coast, including Scanzano Jonico with several available beaches infrastructure and child-friendly, shallow beaches. The lack of industries in the region makes the water clean and clear.
Basilicata is a mountainous inland, and on the border with Calabria reaches peaks over 2000 meters. There is “Parco del Pollino” (200 000 hectares) where you can find excellent hiking trails through oak and chestnut forests.
Basilicata is rich in mysteries, both in culture, where belief in magic are still widespread, and in the countryside with his introspective and quiet beauty. The ancient name of “Lucania region” is still used by the elderly residents, and many prefer to call themselves Lucani rather than Basilicatesi.
The movie “The Passion of Christ” was filmed in Sassi of Matera.The barren ancient unit is unique in its kind, and you can be always astonished even in a country where you become pretty jaded when it comes to ancient environments.
Since 1993, the area is designated a World Heritage by UNESCO. Although the area around the extinct volcano Vulture is fascinating as well.