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Best things to do in Basilicata

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Pollino National Park (Italian: Parco Nazionale del Pollino) is a national park in southern Italy that straddles the regions of Basilicata and Calabria. It is Italy's largest national park, covering 1,925.65 square kilometers.[1][2] The park includes the Pollino and Orsomarso massifs, which are part of the southern Apennine Mountains. The park's highest point is Serra Dolcedorme, which is 2,267 meters high.[3] The park's symbol is the rare Bosnian pine tree. The common beech is the park's most prevalent tree. The park is also home to a variety of medicinal herbs.[4] The park is home of the oldest Europeen tree, a Heldreich's pine estimated 1,230 years old.”
47 locals recommend
“La residenza è sita all'interno del parco | The residence is inside the park”
27 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Matera is a unique and fascinating town steeped in history. Thought to be one of the world’s oldest towns dating back as far as the Palaeolithic times, Matera is now a popular tourist spot boasting hundreds of ancient caves, rock churches, delicious local cuisine and typical shops. The most famous part of Matera is the Sassi district, now designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Here you can see hundreds of troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock.The cave dwellings were lived in until the 1950’s and are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean. ”
28 locals recommend
“Castel del monte, the iconic octagonal castle reproduced on the 1cent €uro. You must pay a visit if spend one day in Andria. Is located about 20km away form Andria reachable by public local bus or taxi. ”
37 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“E un'area molto caratteristica, con paesaggi indimenticabili in cui sono presenti molto grotte con tracce di insediamenti che partono dal neolitico fino al tardo Novecento It is a very characteristic area, with unforgettable landscapes in which there are many caves with traces of settlements that start from the Neolithic to the late twentieth century”
21 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Чертоза-ди-Сан-Лоренцо создавался в соответствии с типовой структурой монастырей, которая сочетала в себе религиозную жизнь и хозяйственную деятельность. Пространство было организовано таким образом, что верхняя часть предназначалась для глубоко религиозной и аскетической жизни, а нижний ярус фактически отводился для мирской деятельности. Первые монахи, появившиеся в монастыре поставили перед собой задачу наладить отношения с местными жителями, осуществлять контроль за сельсохозяйственной деятельностью и ремесленным производством. Монастырь окружен мощной стеной, предназначенной для оборонительных целей. Войдя во внутренний двор, туристы видят многочисленные помещения: амбары, конюшни, комнаты для паломников. Даже внутреннее пространство церкви было разделено на две части: верхняя для духовных лиц, нижняя - для мирян. Во времена Бонапарта, Чертоза ди Падула, как и многие монастыри, впал в немилость и был лишен своего богатства. Однако в настоящее время книги, архивы, предметы искусства и сокровища возвращены и хранятся в ризнице монастыря.”
20 locals recommend
History Museum
“"the Angel Grotto" very beautiful, an amazing place on the mountains, one hour by car, you can organize excursion with me by car there, on demand.”
20 locals recommend
“Bellissima foresta perfetta per passeggiate, escursioni, percorsi ciclistici in mountain bike, picnic all'aria aperta con aree attrezzate - Beautiful forest perfect for walking, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor picnic with equipped areas”
14 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Matera, Basilicata's jewel, may be the world's third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement. Natural caves in the tufa limestone, exposed as the Gravina cut its gorge, attracted the first inhabitants perhaps 7000 years ago. More elaborate structures were built atop them. Today, looking across the gorge to Matera’s huddled sassi (cave dwellings) it seems you've been transported back to the ancient Holy Land. Old Matera is split into two sections – the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso – separated by a ridge upon which sits Matera’s gracious duomo (cathedral). The sassi, many little more than one-room caves, once contained such appalling poverty and unthinkable living conditions that in the 1950s Matera was denounced as the 'Shame of Italy', and the sassi-dwellers were moved on. Only in later decades has the value of this extraordinarily built environment been recognised, and in 2019 the city was recognised as a European Capital of Culture. What to taste Preparations based on simple ingredients with an intense flavour, which compose a rich and varied gastronomic offering. There are cured meats, lucanica in primis, made with pork shoulder from free-range animals bred in the wild, coarsely chopped with a knife and seasoned with wild fennel and then stuffed into a natural casing and hung to dry. Then there’s wild boar sausage; Rionero ventresca (innards sausage); and then cheeses, truffles (like scorzone); strazzata, a typical local focaccia, and the pride of the region’s production: the bread of Matera Also try crapiata, an ancient legume and cereal soup that’s perfect nourishment on the coldest days, and then dishes based on lamb, peperoni cruschi (dried sweet peppers); lagane, a fresh pasta similar to tagliatelle but thicker, broader and shorter; the cialledda, also known as the “reaper’s breakfast”, a mixture of wet bread, tomato, cucumber, peppers and olive oil.”
145 locals recommend
“Posto molto particolare ed affascinante, aldilà del gradimento verso l'arte moderna. Da vedere.”
13 locals recommend
“Stunning experience to see the Christ Statue from close and great experience at sunset with breathtaking panorama”
16 locals recommend
“Nice bar for drinks and aperitivo at the end of Via Ridola. Quite crowded at night during the weekends, young atmosphere, beautiful vintage pieces of interiors.”
17 locals recommend
“Cattedrale costruita nel XIII secolo. Vale la pena visitare la cattedrale situata sulla sommità della "civita" il centro della città antica e più alto e visibile della città antica, ristrutturata di recente e riportata ad antico splendore. C'è un bellissimo panorama sul sasso barisano. La passeggiata per arrivare è molto bella e dalla sommità del colle si può ridiscendere da un'altro versante dei sassi, ”
11 locals recommend
“13 century octagonal castle belonging to Frederick 2nd (Freddy Two Shoes, to his friends). About 45 mins from us.”
15 locals recommend
“Il Parco Nazionale dell’Alta Murgia è un altopiano che si estende per buona parte della Provincia di Bari, ha origine nelle zone di Andria e Spinazzola e termina a sud nella Provincia di Taranto dove nell’arco dei millenni si sono creati canyon detti gravine. E’ l’ultima area in cui è presente la steppa mediterranea in Italia, attraversando il parco si incontrano piccoli edifici in pietra, usati come rifugio durante la transumanza e grandi masserie, spesso fortificate. È il percorso ideale se da Matera si vuole andare verso Castel del Monte. ”
9 locals recommend
Music Venue
“E' una delle location più belle della città, la cava più antica dei Sassi. Assolutamente da vedere!”
8 locals recommend