Most people aren’t really quite sure where Basilicata is… usually I say, the instep of Italy between Puglia and Calabria. They start exploring further afield only after the greatest hits of Rome, Venice & Florence, but I see no reason why not to head down south first. I can understand that, in the past, you might have been put off from journeying below the mezzogiorno when even home-grown authors, such as Carlo Levi, describe Basilicata city Matera,“like a schoolboy’s idea of Dante’s Inferno…these dark holes…I have never in all my life seen such a picture of poverty.”
That was in the 40’s and, I am happy to report, the years have been good to Matera. The Sassi, or Caves, as they are known, that make Matera special, are one of the great wonders of the world and are as unique to Italy as the Uffizi or St. Peter’s. The city has the proud honor to have been selected the European Capitals of Culture for 2019. Basilicata remains pretty tourist-free, but has all the Best Bits of any Italian region…just a little less well known.
MY BITE-SIZED BITS OF BASILICATA