Basilicata, also known as Lucania is located in the south of the Italian peninsula, bordered to the west by Campania, to the north by Puglia and to the south by Calabria, it is bathed by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. Basilicata is characterized by small charming villages and rural centers that make up its two provinces Matera and Potenza, its capital. The economy of this region is based fundamentally on the cultivation of olive groves which cover more than 85% of its cultivated land, producing an excellent extra-virgin olive oil of a precious amber color with export quality.


Matera and Potenza (capital of Basilicata) are the most important and representative cities of the region. Certainly not just passing through, you have to go, discover them and admire the beauty of these amazing cities. Potenza has a historic center worth visiting, as well as the cathedral of San Gerardo and the archaeological museum of Basilicata among others.

Matera is the main attraction of Basilicata, also known as the “city of stone”, its famous historic center called “Sassi” for its caves carved into the rocks, which were used as dwellings by the first settlers of the region. Matera is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. In 2019, it was named European Capital of Culture by the European Council and Parliament.


The Lucan gastronomy, for historical-cultural reasons is typically peasant or poor cuisine, is composed mainly of very simple recipes, where pasta dominates as well as pork, lamb, vegetables and legumes seasoned with the typical dried chilies of the region and flavored with a kind of horseradish. It is considered that Basilicata is where most pasta is consumed nationally.

The exquisite typical products of this region such as: Cavatelli pasta, Caciocavallo cheese, fagioli (beans) di Sarconi, Cruschi peperoni, Matera bread, extra-virgin olive oil and Aglianico del Vulture red wine, products that enrich Lucanese gastronomy and give identity to this region as one of the most authentic and simple in Italy.