Basilicata lies in the heart of the Mediterranean and is often called the “instep of Italy”. The land is rich in fruit, wheat, pastures and golden sandy beaches. Its villages are nestled gently in the hills.
In Basilicata, called Lucania („land of light”) in ancient times, various cultural influences have left their indelible mark throughout the millennia. Customs, traditions, dialects and flavours vary from village to village and offer much to be explored.
Southeastern Basilicata has a long history to look back on, and the castles in the region have seen many battles and conquests. Discover the temples of Magna Graecia or learn more about the mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, who taught in these lands. Or, for some more recent history, check out the locations that have featured prominently in many famous films.
Then, of course, there’s nature to enjoy, such as the Ionian Sea and its golden beaches or the valleys crossed by rivers and streams that make the farmland in this territory so fertile.
In Basilicata, the old tradition of transhumance, a type of nomadic herding, is still alive. To this day, the shepherds move their herds of cattle between summer and winter pastures, just like their ancestors did, living the same experiences along the same paths.
Traces of the region’s long-standing history have survived in Southeastern Basilicata until the present day: in the language; in the kitchens and everyday life; in relationships, rituals and celebrations. Skilled hands transform nature’s offerings into delicious foods. In the alleys, children play freely, and the doors are always open. Locals are quick with a smile, a greeting or a heaping plate. And in the evenings, the lights of the village festivals illuminate the streets, which are filled with voices and activity.