57 attractions you should visit in Basilicata - With photos & details

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Top 57 attractions to explore in Basilicata

Difficult accessibility and lack of extended promotion make Basilicata one of the most remote and least visited regions of Italy. However, tourism is slowly growing since the early 2000s. Matera, once dubbed "national disgrace" by prime minister Alcide De Gasperi who urged to take strict development measures due to its extreme poverty, is now Basilicata's main attraction and has gained fame worldwide for its historical center, the Sassi, designated in 1993 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Abbazia di San Michele ArcangeloVia dell'Abbazia S. Michele, 3, 85020 Atella PZ, Italy
Churches

The abbey of San Michele Arcangelo is an abbey that rises in Monticchio, whose construction dates back to the eighth century AD, around a cave inhabited by Basilian monks.  It was built on a cave dug into the tuff, near which votive deposits dating back to the IV-III century BC were found. The abbey then passed to the Benedictines, to the Capuchins, and, in 1782 to the Constantinian military order, which owned it until 1866. The entire complex consists of a multi-story convent, an eighteenth-cen

Apeninos lucanos85054 Muro Lucano, Province of Potenza, Italy
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The lucanos Apennines is the section of the ridge of the Apennines extending arcuate from Sella di Conza (between Campania and Basilicata to the Passo dello Scalone. It is bounded by Sele rivers to the west, Ofanto to the north, Bradano to the east, from the Gulf of Taranto to the southeast, from the Tyrrhenian Seato the southwest and the Sibari plain to the southeast. The Bell Apennines are a part of the Southern Apennines.

Aragonese Castle80077 Ischia, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The castle of Venosa is a historic fortified building of the homonymous municipality in the province of Potenza . Commonly called Aragonese as it was built by Duke Pirro del Balzo during the period of the Aragonese dynasty , it is located at the southern end of the plateau occupied by the urban extension of the city.

Basilica di San Biagio85046 Maratea, Province of Potenza, Italy
Churches

The basilica and sanctuary of San Biagio is the main place of Catholic worship in the municipality of Maratea, in Basilicata.  It is the religious heart of the local Christian community and guardian of the relics of the patron Biagio.  It is built on the highest point of the old town of Maratea, known as the Castle, and is its parish church. Tradition has it that it arose on the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Minerva. In 1940 it was elevated to the dignity of a minor basilica.

BradanoBradano, Italy
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The Bradano is one of the main rivers of Basilicata: it is the third in length with 120 km of course after the Basento and the Agri, but the first for the breadth of its catchment area. The Bradano River was historically used as a natural border between different entities. In particular, it represented the border between the Terra d'Otranto and Lucania until 1663. In Roman times, however, the river had represented the administrative border between the Augustan region of Apulia and that of Lucani

castel of LagopesoleVia castello, 85021 Lagopesole PZ, Italy
Iconic Buildings

Castel Lagopesole is one of the hamlets of Avigliano, in the province of Potenza, which has 652 inhabitants. Lagopesole is known for its Swabian past, linked to the figures of Frederick II and his son Manfredi and for the events related to the chief brigant Carmine Crocco. It is located on a hill 829 meters above sea level, overlooking the underlying Vitalba Valley. From the relief on which the famous castle stands, it is possible to clearly see Monte Vulture. In the hamlet, there was the Pesole

Castello del MalconsiglioPiazza Castello, 75010 Miglionico MT, Italy
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

The Malconsiglio castle is the castle of Miglionico ( Matera ), built on a hill in the city starting from the VIII - IX century , in a strategic position, known for having hosted the conspiracy of the barons in 1485 . It had two successive extensions, the first in 1110 and the second in 1400 . It has the shape of a parallelogram , flanked by seven towers , some squares (the oldest), two towers and others circular, placed at the top of the building.

Castello di MontesericoContrada, Via Monteserico, 85013 Genzano di Lucania PZ, Italy
Iconic Buildings

Built-in the Norman period, it is located on a peak about 15 km from Genzano di Lucania. The castle dominates a vast valley which was an important hinge between the territories of the Bradano dominated by the Byzantines and the northern territories of Basilicata dominated by the Lombards and Normans. Conceived by the Normans as a defensive system, it was the scene of a battle between Normans and Byzantines in which the latter were defeated.

Castle of BernaldaStrada Provinciale Carrera Vecchia, 75012 Bernalda MT, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The castle of Bernalda rises in the homonymous locality , in the province of Matera. The castle is located in a dominant position on the Basento valley facing south-west. It was built in 1470 but recent discoveries trace the presence of a fortification back to the Norman era and the shape of its towers suggests that it was even of Angevin origin . The current castle is the one built by Bernardino de Bernaudo, secretary of King Alfonso II of Naples.

Churches

The Cathedral of the Madonna Della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio is the Cathedral of Matera, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the city, and to the Christian martyr Saint Eustace. The church is located on the highest point of the old city, between the two Sassi, the ancient districts of Matera. Formerly the seat of the Bishops, later Archbishops, of Matera, it is now the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Matera-Irsina.

Churches

The church of Santa Maria Assunta and San Canio bishop is a Catholic place of worship in Acerenza and the cathedral of the archdiocese of Acerenza.  The current cathedral was built between the 11th and 13th centuries on the remains of a previous early Christian church, which in turn was built on what remained of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Hercules Acheruntino. The construction works began thanks to the generosity of Roberto il Guiscardo in 1059 with the bishop Godano.

Chiesa del PurgatorioCorso Vittorio Emanuele, 85040 Rivello PZ, Italy
Churches

The church of the Purgatory is a Baroque-style church located in Via Ridola in the city of Matera. The construction of the church took place between 1725 and 1747 with funding from the Confraternity of Purgatory, from which it takes its name. In Baroque style, it is located in the main streets of the historic city center. Every Friday, Russian Orthodox ceremonies are held in the church.

Chiesa di Santa Lucia alle MalveRione Malve, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Churches

Saint Lucia alle Malve is a rock church situated at the Sasso Caveoso in Matera, adjacent to a monastery female Benedictine dating back to the ' eleventh century.  Initially, the church was dedicated to Sant'Agata, to be later dedicated to Santa Lucia between 1217 and 1267.  After the transfer in 1525 of the nuns first to the monastery of Santa Lucia Alla Civita and then to Santa Lucia al Piano, the church was used as a residence.

Church of Saint Mary of IdrisVia Madonna dell'Idris, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Churches

The church of Santa Maria di Idris , also known as "Santa Maria de Idris" or "Madonna de Idris", is located in Matera , inside the Sassi . It is a rock church , that is, carved into the rock . It is located in the upper part of Monterrone, a large limestone cliff that rises in the middle of the Sasso Caveoso; it can be reached via a flight of stairs near the rock church of Santa Lucia alle Malve . The name Idris derives from the Greek Odigitria , the one who shows the way, or from the water that

Church of Saint Peter 'Caveoso'Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso, 1, 75100 Matera MT, Italy
Churches

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, commonly known as the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, is a church in Matera, located in the southern ancient district of the city, Sasso Caveoso. The church was built in 1218 but undergone numerous changes and renovations over the centuries, and many of its original features were lost in time. In the 17th century, the church was completely renovated and the current facade was built.

Comprensorio Sellata-Volturino-Viggiano e Monti della MaddalenaComprensorio Sellata-Volturino-Viggiano e Monti della Maddalena, 85050 Marsicovetere PZ, Italy
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Mountain Peaks

The Montes de la Maddalena is an Italian mountain range, declared a Site of Community Importance. Located in a southern position, southwest with respect to the city of Potenza, the area of ​​the Pierfaone, Volturino and Viggiano mountains constitutes, together with the Maddalena Mountains, a complex mountain system, a true spine of the Lucanian Apennines. One of the good trekking destinations and also the views from here are truly breathtaking.

Dolomiti lucaneDolomiti lucane, 85010 Pietrapertosa, Province of Potenza, Italy
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Located in the Lucanian Apennines, east of the more imposing Pierfaone-Volturino-Viggiano ridge, the Piccole Dolomiti Lucane constitutes the heart of the homonymous regional natural park. They are called the Dolomites due to the morphological similarity with the most famous Triveneto mountains. The birth of the mountain group, which dominates the central part of the Basento valley, dates back to 15 million years ago.

Grotta del LeoneIsola Dino, 87028, Praia a Mare CS, Italy
Caves

The Grotte del Leone is a karst cave located on the Pisan Mountains, in the locality of Agnano, municipality of San Giuliano Terme in the province of Pisa.  The cave, which owes its name to a stalagmite formation whose shape resembles that of a lion, is made up of a large collapse hall that descends towards the east where there is a small lake, probably connected to that of the nearby Buca dei ladri . It  has been the subject of human visits from the Upper Paleolithic since historical times.

Grotta di Marina di MarateaStrada Statale18, km 236.800, 85046 Maratea PZ, Italy
Caves

The cave of Marina di Maratea is a small cave located in the municipality of Maratea, in the province of Potenza, in the locality of San Giuseppe near the hamlet of the same name.  The cave was set along a fault in the rock in the limestones of the carbonate series of the Giagola and Gada mountains of the Lower Cretaceous.

Island DinoIsland Dino, Italy
Islands

The island of Dino is an Italian island located along the northwest coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the town of Praia a Mare in Calabria, more precisely in front of Capo dell'Arena in the south of the country.  The name perhaps derives from the fact that on the island there was a temple dedicated to Venus, or, more accredited hypothesis, it is the one that would derive the name from the Greek etymology Dina, or vortex, storm.

Map of attractions in Basilicata