Basilicata is a region of stark landscapes; of rugged mountains and virgin forests, only occasionally interrupted by tiny villages and picturesque towns. Forming the instep of the boot that is Italy, the fertile land was a battleground for ancient empires for centuries but is now a charming coastal holiday destination.

    The region's many historical attractions include one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – Matera. Once deservedly a European Capital of Culture, the city is famous for its beautiful historical quarter and the series of prehistoric cave dwellings beneath it.

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    • 11 Best Things to Do in Basilicata

      The mountainous region of Basilicata is teeming with mediaeval castles, ancient architecture, coastal resorts, and charming hilltop villages. Giving you plenty of sightseeing opportunities, its rich history dates back to the Stone Age, with traces of Romanesque, Byzantine, Benedictine, Norman, and Swabian architecture. Nature reserves and national parks are plentiful in Basilicata, where you get to enjoy activities such as...

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