Tourist attractions in Basilicata

Basilicata, Matera, ©loriszecchinato/Flickr

Basilicata, Matera, ©loriszecchinato/Flickr

Basilicata is a region in the southern edge of Italy and is also known as Lucania. It is located between Campania, Calabria and Apulia. This is a unique region, tourists who visit Basilicata usually do not get here by accident, but they know the value of the place. It is a calm place filled with many colors and scents, a real rejuvenation for all those who want to slip away from the crowd and stress of their modern lives.

There are many tourist attractions in Basilicata that can be visited, including beautiful lands, nice old villages and Paleolithic settlements, magical beaches and marvelous sea beds.

Natural attractions

Basilicata has a magestic natural surrounding with forested mountains and clear air. You can spend some time here in the small settlements that can be found at even 1000 meters beyond sea level, discovering the interesting historical and cultural attractions of the area as well.

Famous natural attractions in Basilicata are the Monticchio Lakes. These occupy two extinct volcano craters, are lying on Month Vulture. The lakes are called Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo, the large and the small lake. When you visit them you will also be enchanted by the surrounding vegetation.

Monticchio, ©Chiara Marra/Flickr

Monticchio, ©Chiara Marra/Flickr

If we speak of nature, we cannot forget the beautiful coastline of the area of Basilicata. On the Tyrrhenian side you can visit some really famous seabeds with rich flora and fauna. If you are one of those who like to sunbathing and swimming, don’t worry, there are some beautiful beaches with clean water that you will surely enjoy. If you like to make a little activity, but not diving or snorkeling, you can choose a boat tour to the caves of the coastline.

Cultural attractions

In Basilicata you can visit a tourist attraction in Basilicata that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is known as “Sassi di Matera” and is a Paleolithic settlement with cave dwellings. Although this area wasn’t considered to be one of the best parts of Italy, simbolizing poverty, it was turned into a tourist attraction and it is considered one of the oldest settlements in the whole Italy.

Basilicata, Matera, ©loriszecchinato/Flickr

Basilicata, Matera, ©loriszecchinato/Flickr

Because the houses are so simmilar to the ones near the old Jerusalem, there were filmed movies including “The Passion of the Christ” of Mel Gibson, “The Nativity Story”, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew”, “King David”.

In the Gulf of Policastro is a charming settlement called Maratea that has a large statue called Cristo Redentore, which translated means “Christ the Redemeer”. The statue is located on Mount San Biago at a visible place and it is a famous tourist attraction in Basilicata.

Christ the Redeemer, ©mozzercork/Flickr

Christ the Redeemer, ©mozzercork/Flickr

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