Situated in southern Italy, Basilicata is a region that reveals a captivating combination of ancient history, awe-inspiring landscapes, and an untouched allure that enchants every traveler. With its striking mountain ranges like the Lucanian Apennines and the enchanting ambiance of the historic city of Matera, Basilicata provides a truly immersive and memorable journey for those in search of an off-the-beaten-path Italian adventure.
Today, its star attraction is undoubtedly Matera with its famous Sassi, former ancient cave dwellings. Matera is surprisingly one of Italy’s most chic seaside resorts and Potenza, its capital, is a major transport hub connecting neighboring regions by rail and road.
The Basilicata region boasts two coastlines, mountain ranges, dark forested valleys and villages melded to rugged rock faces. Its location is remote yet strategic, linking ancient Rome to the eastern Byzantine empire. Over time it has been successively invaded, pillaged, plundered, abandoned and neglected. Today, its star attraction is undoubtedly Matera with its famous Sassi, former ancient cave dwellings. Matera is surprisingly one of Italy’s most chic seaside resorts and Potenza, its capital, is a major transport hub connecting neighbouring regions by rail and road.
When to visit
The best time to see Basilicata Is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season.
By choosing late spring or early summer, you can also avoid the tourist crush of July and August and the highest temperatures of the year. The peak season ends at the beginning of November and doesn't pick up again until the spring, this means many, if not most, hotels close off season. Some close entirely, some re-open for Christmas & New Year's only.
April - June
Spring wildflowers are blooming: perfect for hiking in the Pollino National Park.
July - August
Summer is beach weather and festivals blossom in towns such as Matera.
September - October
The crowds have thinned, the weather's still mild.