5 uncomfortable truths that will take you to Basilicata

Leggi in Italiano

Talking about Basilicata, a region in the South of Italy, is like writing about Neverland. You’ve heard about it but can’t remember when and by whom.  What people know about Basilicata is that
-locals  are kind (well, if you’re on holiday and spend money, all people will be good to you),
– nature is beautiful, and
– food&wine are very good.
 So… what’s be the difference between Basilicata and Tuscany?
I’ll tell you, there are a lot of differences. First of all, nobody knows anything abut this region. When you say it’s damn full of petrol, more than any other region of Europe, no one will trust you.
When you’ll say it’s the only region in deep South of Italy where no  criminal association was born (like Mafia, ‘ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, Anonima Sequestri), someone would say ‘oh… it’s true… I’ve never thought about it’ (the same thing you will think after reading this article).
As the actor Rocco Papaleo said in his movie Basilicata Coast to Coast, you must trust in Basilicata, even if you don’t see it. Like for God and Santa Klaus.

Now, my lonely travellers, I’ll tell you some good reasons to trust in Basilicata. At least for a trip.

Isabella-Morra-300x150Culture & literature: 
Among the nativesof this region there is Isabella di Morra (Favale, 1520? – Favale, 1546), said to be the very first female poet of Italy and one of the first in Europe. Her production was very wide and was interrupted by the armed hands of her brothers, who killed her because of her intellectual friendship with a Spanish Baron (someone will try to persuade you they had an affair, but that’s quite improbable due to her segregated life).

Castles & Ghosts:
The one where Isabella Morra lived, not so far from Matera, is one of the most popular. She’s said to be still there, reading and writing. But this region is definitely full of manors, most of them populated (local say) by spirits and ghosts. The Castle of Melfi is the best known, but one of the most fascinating is the one in Avigliano-Lagopesole,  Castel Lagopesole where the spirit of the great Frederick II still lingers.
The Castle of Brienza is very interesting in August, when locals celebrate with shows of fires, lights, and theatre.

More than just trekking and mountain walking! Basilicata is the region in Italy with more facilities for adventure sports, such as  climbing, rafting, canyoning, paragliding, orienteering, hiking, flight of the angel and flight of the eagle.
Then there are also quieter things to do such as horse riding, cycling, skiing, archery, bird watching, sailing.

Small but amazing, the local coasts
Almost unperceivable when looking at the map, the 2 coasts of Basilicata are both amazing. The Ionian Coast to the east, white sanded,  perfect for families and the Tyrrhenian Coast to the west, with cliffs leading to a network of beautiful sandy coves, more suitable for the adventurers. 

Music & parks
In August you’ll find plenty of music festivals in the green heels. As in the case of the Pollino Music Festival, in Italy’s largest National Park. Jazz, rock, reggae, electro, ethnic music by Italian and international high profile artists/bands with more than 100,000 people expected.

If you need some more reasons to go, I’ll give them to you: it’s cheap, very cheap.

More infos here

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13 thoughts on “5 uncomfortable truths that will take you to Basilicata

  • Marzo 4, 2016 in 5:07 am

    You’re right that I’ve never heard of it. It’s definitely not talked about very much, especially by travelers. I’m glad to know about it now, especially if the food and wine are great there – but what part of Italy are they not? Love it there.

  • Febbraio 29, 2016 in 3:27 am

    I did not know a lot about Basilicata, but it certainly looks worth exploring. I love a good ghost story too, so I’d love to research Isabelle Morra a bit more. Thanks for sharing.

  • Febbraio 28, 2016 in 9:12 am

    I had never heard of Basilicata, but it looks like it’s worth a visit!

  • Febbraio 27, 2016 in 10:12 pm

    Certainly a region of Italy I didn’t know about. I’ve been often to your lovely country, for business, but never made it this far south. One day…

  • Febbraio 27, 2016 in 6:43 pm

    Sounds like Basilicata is worth a visit. I would love to visit to experience the delicious food + wine.

  • Febbraio 27, 2016 in 4:56 pm

    I’d never heard of Basilicata. Having spent a lot of time exploring northern and central Italy, my next Italy trip will be to the south. I’ll have to check it out. I’m sure the coastline is gorgeous and the history of the castles and ghosts sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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