The ‘ankle’ of the Italian boot, Basilicata has been a corridor of settlement since Paleolithic times. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Normans all built here. For centuries a vassal of the Kingdom of Naples and in recent times depopulated by emigration, Basilicata remains remote, underdeveloped and unspoiled. You may never have heard of it! Travelers here will encounter idyllic beaches on the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas; a forested mountainous interior sprinkled with quaint towns; the Italian wellspring of pastas including orecchiette (‘little ears’) and tapparelle (‘big ears’); the winding streets and piazzas of Matera and Maratea; and iconic sights such as the village of Castelmezzano and cave dwellings (Sassi).
Expand your horizons… Basilicata borders on Puglia, Campania and Calabria. Combine your visit to Basilicata with the ruins of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, both in Campania; with the Trulli of Alberobello and the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari (where the remains of Saint Nick, aka Santa Claus, are interred), both in Puglia; and with ancient Greek cities like Sibari and Vibo Valentia or a stay at an agriturismo, all in Calabria.