Basilicata Vacations

Basilicata is a region located between the toe and the heel of Italy, with a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea and stretches inland into the southern Apennine Mountains. The majority of the landscape is mountainous and covered in forests. The region consists of two provinces are Potenza and Matera. The region and city of Matatea is unspoiled landscape that is so unique and typical of the pastorial villages of Tuscany that Mel Gibson used the setting for his movie “The Passion.” The town of Metaponto is located on the Ionian Sea and was originally an ancient Greek city which still has the ruins of the Temple of Hera. Through the center of Basilicata runs the Pollino mountain range where you can enjoy hiking and visiting numerous traditional villages.

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Basilicata Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Basilicata Italy

Potenza is well-known for its castles, including the Castle of Venosa, where the Latin poet Horace was born, the Castello di Melfi and the Castel Lagopesole, both of which were constructed by Frederick II.

Matera, which has been stated as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has been home to the recording of films such as The Passion of the Christ in 2004 and The Gospel According to St. Matthew in 1964.

Two of the more famous sites to see while in Basilicata, Italy are the Piazza del Duomo Cathedral and the Museo della Scultura Contemporanea and they are both located in Matera. The Piazza del Duomo Cathedral was built in the thirteenth century in a Puglian-Romanesque style and has an alter dedicated to the Madonna della Bruna, the patron saint of Matera.

The Museo della Scultura Contemporanea is a breathtaking sculpture museum, including a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve. This museum features tales of the art of sculpture dating as far back as 1880 to the present.

Monte Vulture, the Pollino mountain range and the Apennine Mountains, cover the majority of the Basilicata region. These mountains are popular for visitors to go horse-back riding, mountain hiking and biking or to simply breathe in the wonderful landscape.

Basilicata, Italy is also filled with beaches that were originally settled by the Greeks in 8 B.C. These beaches contain golden sand that seems to never end and pure, calm, warm water. Many guests of Basilicata enjoy scuba diving, sailing, rafting, sport fishing, canoeing and canyoning on these beautiful waters.