In the heart of mediterranean culture

Surrounded by History

Ionian sea, untouched magic

Heart of the Mediterranean

Always been a destination of world tourism, the Metapontino attracts for the beauty of its coastline.

Local history

The Metaponto area, the heart of the ancient civilizations, comes to us full of history

World wonder

A world heritage site, Matera fascinates for its “Sassi” carved into the tufo

Love of Basilicata

Receive a spontaneous and sincere welcome that will forever remain in the heart of the visitor

 Basilicata

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The only region in Italy that can boast two names, is a land of ancient origins in which history and human nature have left important traces from prehistoric times. The ancient name of “Lucania” comes from the Latin “Lucus” referring to the land of the woods or to the fact that it was populated by Liky, an ancient warlike people who followed the sunlight, “luc”. The current name of Basilicata appears for the first time in a document of 1175. Fought between East and West, Basilicata has experienced its artistic moments since the appearance of man on its territory. From the historical-artistic point of view, therefore, this region offers a valuable and varied heritage, away from the usual stylistic canons. Currently, the population is divided into 131 municipalities in the provinces of Potenza and Matera. The natural treasures of this region are divided between flat, hilly, mountainous and coastal areas such as the chain of Sirino, the Appennino Lucano, Mount Potenza, Mount Vulture, the plain of the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian coast of Maratea, the Metaponto, as well as the thermal baths. There are sources with water and mud at locations equipped with thermal baths such Latronico in the National Park of Pollino and Rapolla in the Vulture.
(cit. Turismo.it)

 

 

Top places

  • Scanzano for its coasts of Terzo Cavone, ideal for those seeking privacy and an authentic contact with nature. The coast here is suitable for children because its waters are not deep.
  • Policoro for the National Museum of Siris, the oasis of the WWF and the waterfront
  • Craco for his evocative ghost town on Calanchi
  • Matera for the famous Sassi World Heritage Site, the Crypt of Original Sin and its charming downtown, often the site of music festivals or interesting events
  • Pisticci for the quaint old town nestled in the Calanchi
  • Tursi for the charming landscape of the Calanchi and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Anglona
  • Valsinni  the literary park of Isabella Morra (Poet) hosting interesting performances on the life of poet in the summer months
  • Colobraro for representations on the history of this country
  • Aliano, an inspiration for a fictional town in Author Carlo Levi’s novel “Christ stopped at Eboli”, is a landscape of unique beauty
  • Il Parco Nazionale del Pollino and the beautiful Lucanian Dolomites. The towns of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa with the famous “Flight of the Angel” – a steel cable zip line suspended between the two towns enabling you to have a unique experience as you ‘fly’ between them

Basilicata in Books

The picturesque scenery of Lucania Basilicata has inspired many contemporary authors in the last century. Among the best known are “Christ Stopped at Eboli” by Carlo Levi,  “Arturo’s Island” by Elsa Morante,  “Gardens of Stone” by Pietro Laureano and “Echoes in the valley” by Joseph Brancale

other books more suggested books

Basilicata in the movies

Among the many titles we suggest watching: “I basilischi”  (1963) directed by Lina Wertmüller, “I am not afraid”  (2003) by Gabriele Salvatores, ” The Passion of the Christ” (2004) Mel Gibson

other movies  – Article on “Repubblica”  about cinema in Basilicata

 

 

 

Large market:  19 th of every month in Montalbano Jonico (the small market is every Saturday), the 27th of each month in Policoro, the 9th of each month in Scanzano jonico
Small antique market: in Matera  the third Saturday of the month
Important events during the months from December to April::
The living crib largest in the world, between Christmas and Epiphany, with over 800 listed (www.presepematera.it )
 The Carnival of Montescaglioso, Tricarico, Aliano and Satriano of Lucania
– Easter in Matera is deeply felt in Montescaglioso, in which the Good Friday procession is held by hooded penitents crowned with thorns called “mamuni”

 

May

Feast of May: highly addictive arboreal ceremony held in Accettura
May 29th: S.Gerardo and parade of the Turks in Potenza
Open Cellars: last Sunday of the month

June

“Gezziamoci” (until December) music festival hosting international artists (www.onixjazzclub.it)
In vino veritas: beginning of June – wine tasting and guided tours of the underground cellars of Montescaglioso

July

July 2nd – Madonna della Bruna in Matera Festival Duni (until September), festival of classical music (www.festivalduni.it)
Apricot Festival: first weekend of July in Rotondella

August

Nights Dream … in That Country (Colobraro), every Tuesday and Friday of August in Colobraro.. (info sogno@colobraro.com)
“On the trail of the Arabs”, in Pietrapertosa 10 and 11 August,  exotic trip of Arab culture.
“The summer of Isabella Morra” Valsinni, commemoration of the poet through poems and readings in literary park
Lucania Film Festival, international festival of independent cinema (www.lucaniafilmfestival.it) in Pisticci
Queen Giovanna Parade with quintana carousel: in the second  half of August in Muro Lucano
Entertainment of Grancia on brigandage in Brindisi di Montagna: (dates available on the official website)
Wine and Snail Festival : mid-August in Irsina
Sagra The white and The red (white bean and red eggplant): mid-August in Rotonda
Festival Sarconi IGP bean: in mid-August  in Sarconi – www.sagradelfagiolo.it
Sagra of Strazzata (focaccia Festival –  flavored and stuffed ):  late August in Lagopesole – www.sagradellastrazzata.it
The days of the pepper: in August in Senise Cantinando Wine and Art::  in mid-August in Barile – www.cantinando.it

September

“Womens Fiction Festival” dedicated to women’s fiction, in Matera.
DOP Pecorino Festival: first weekend of September in Filiano
Festival of dried figs: last Sunday of September in Miglionico 
Festival of San Maurizio, 20-23 of the month Montabano Jonico

October

Aglianica wine festival: in October in the village next to Vulture – www.aglianica.it
Chestnut Festival and open cellars: in mid-October in Rapolla
Varola Festival: last weekend of October

November

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Once at Vigna Sui Laghi, what it takes to get to…

 

 

 

 

Montalbano Jonico

(Calanchi Park) – 4 km

Third Cavone Beach

(Town of Scanzano Jonico) – 15 km

Policoro

(Ionian coast-National Museum of Siris – Train Station) – 20 km

Tursi

(District of Rabatana- Anglona Sanctuary) – 18 km

Craco

(Ghost town, film set of many films) – 25 km

Pisticci

(Old Town) – 27 km

Bernalda

(Birthplace of Francis Ford Coppola) – 40 km

Valsinni

(Isabella Morra Literary Park) – 26 km

Matera

(European Capital of Culture 2019- Sassi UNESCO cultural heritage) – 77km

Aliano

(Town of Carlo Levi) – 44 km

Montalbano Jonico

Montalbano Jonico is the closest town to our farmhouse located on a white clay hill, to the left of the river Agri, in a wonderful position from which you can admire the spectacular scenery of the Calanchi. According to popular memory, the town was built in the third century BC, following the Battle of Rome against the King of Epirus. After the defeat of Pyrrhus, Lucan, fearing the reaction of the Romans, decided to take refuge on the hill where they built the first walls for defensive purposes and the castle. Having become a fief in the medieval period, the small town was dominated by the Byzantines, the Lombards, the Normans and Sanseverino. In the second half of the 16th century it was sacked and burned by the Turks. In 1735 King Charles III granted the title of “city” in Montalbano and added the crown to the coat of arms. In 1799, the Risorgimento openly sided against the Bourbon movement, contributing to the struggles that led to the unification of Italy. Mastrangelo, Fiorentino, Lomonaco and many others sided against the tyrants and suffered the fury of the Bourbons. After the Risorgimento and, after obtaining the unification of Italy, the country enjoyed a period of good economic and cultural progress. Among the16th century walls, picturesque views and charming lanes, the old town of Montalbano is dotted with ancient buildings and chapels.

Church S. Maria Dell’Episcopio (1500)

It has three naves, inside we find the Chapel of the Patron Saint Maurice, in baroque style with typically Renaissance elements. Of particular value are the wooden statue of the Madonna and child dated 14th century; a statue of St. Nicholas of Myra (16th century) and precious cloth oil paintings: the Madonna and Child that offers the Cross in St. John, the Mattia Preti, the Holy Supper and the Flight into Egypt attributed to Oronzo Tiso. Other smaller churches are: Chapel of Good Counsel; Chapel of San Gennaro; Chapel of Purgatory; Chapel of St. Nicholas; Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy; Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Chapel of St. Peter and the Church of San Rocco.  (link)

Historical buildings

Palazzo Rondinelli

Built in 1683 by the family De Roberti, it is currently home to the Old Fund, with 8993 bibliographic units, covering a period from 1501 to 1900. Inside you can also admire a small art gallery with portraits of famous men and various artifacts historical and archaeological. Other palaces: Palazzo Federici; Palazzo Zito Elijah; Palazzo Mansi; Palazzo Brancaccio; Prince’s Palace; Rosa De Leo

Museum of Rural Life

Filled with songs and objects, scenes of peasant life.  Defined by experts as “a paleontological museum under the open sky”, the Calanchi (Badlands) are a succession of geological traces that trace the history of our planet.  (link)

Magna Greca Farm

In the heart of pristine Mediterranean vegetation you can see the reconstruction of the Great Greek Farm, an abode of the third century. AC (link)

ArcheoParco

With its 10 hectares, is the largest Italian Archaeology Park  (link)

— source: GAL Infopoint Turistico

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