A truly enchanting region of Southern Italy, Basilicata is a break away from the modern realities you are used to. This is a region for those who are looking for divine tranquillity and have a desire to find silence, scents, colours and flavours that are a far cry away from their everyday life.
The mountains are covered in forest and lush vegetation and dotted in between this green blanket lie dozens of intriguing villages. Some of the highest localities are situated more than a kilometre above sea level and it is here where you will find the real heart of this mystical region.
One of the predominant visiting points of Basilicata is Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano surrounded by a number of stunning bodies of water. Lakes Grande and Picolo are two alluring stretches of water which fill two of the craters around Mount Vulture. Combined with the fertile vegetation that surrounds these natural assets, this really is a picture perfect sight.
For a good spot of sunshine, there's no better place to head than the famous resorts of Policoro and Metaponto for their lengthy, sandy beaches and myriad of Eucalyptus and Pinewood trees which give off a lovely refreshing scent.
The town of Matera is thought to be one of the oldest in the world and dates back to the Palaeolithic era. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a strong contender for the European Capital of Culture recognition. Other places of interest include Melfi and Accettura.