WHAT TO SEE
Matera, the Sassi city, is a unique place that, together with its many rock-hewn churches, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stroll along the alleys of Civita, the oldest part of the city, will allow you to enter the ancient urban agglomeration, made up of a dense network of caves dug in the rock by shepherds for refuge for their families and animals to offer. An ancient architecture without any design, from which a real monumental work emerged, has become an attraction for millions of visitors worldwide. A place is so unique that it has been selected to have several films dubbed, including "The Passion." Then there is the coast of Maratea, 32 km of coastline on the Tyrrhenian side of Basilicata, famous for the seabed's richness and beauty. This beautiful country has countless small beaches where you can relax in the sun and cool off in the crystal clear waters of a pristine sea. Besides, you can visit the many sea caves along the coast during the boat tours. Maratea's city is a precious pearl in the suggestive Gulf of Policastro, dominated from above by the imposing statue of the Redeemer.
WHAT TO DO
Much of the territory of Basilicata is occupied by mountains covered by beautiful forests and beautiful forests. A spectacular landscape where you can regenerate, have fun, and eat well all year round.
When the snow covers the high peaks in winter, there are many opportunities for recreation and fun. But even in summer, the mountains are an ideal place for those who enjoy walking, climbing, cycling, or just relaxing.
There are many beautiful places in Basilicata that you can also explore on horseback, mountain bike, or only on foot on one of the many trails that climb the mountains.
Water is also a defining element like this land.
Streams and creeks are flowing down from the mountains, lakes surrounded by lush vegetation, and then the sea with a thousand blue shades, where you can practice many activities, such as rafting or canyoning, rowing or sailing, diving, or sport fishing.
Shopping and nightlife lovers will find that Maratea is the ideal destination: a look at the shop windows of the center, a dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the port, a dessert in the bars of the square, and finally, a dip in one of the many nightclubs Dance late into the night.
WHAT TO EAT
Basilicata’s typical cuisine is based exclusively on local products, which are skillfully combined in the old tradition’s typical dishes.
The Lucanian tables protagonists are durum wheat noodles, handcrafted with ancient tools such as Rasola, Cavarola (each with a blade and a small cutting board), and Macarunara. You need the skill and mastery of housewives to make specific pasta shapes such as Minuichs and Tria.
Chili pepper is ubiquitous in delicious sauces, called Diavolicchio here.
Panella – large loaves of bread with a batter made of flour and boiled potatoes – and Pancotto – toasted slices of bread softened in broth and enriched with eggs – are two typical bread-based dishes, another recurring food in Lucanian cuisine.
According to tradition, Lucanians often enjoy lamb-based dishes such as Cazmarr, internal meatloaf (called Gnumaredd in the dialect), and Cutturiddi, a stew type.
Head of lamb is also prized, baked in the oven, and seasoned with oregano and pecorino.
Lucanica is famous among the meats, a lean pork sausage prepared in numerous variations without the use of additives.
Another queen of Basilicata gastronomy is vegetables, which combine with chili and offer a large selection of delicious dishes. We remember the vegetable calzones, the Ciammotta (fried potatoes, peppers, and aubergines with tomatoes), the Cialledda with broad beans, potatoes, and artichokes with Lampaggioni salad.
An excellent vegetarian synthesis then forms the “Lukan herb dish,” which we find cooked together and seasoned with olive oil, onions, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil, and parsley.
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