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The region Basilicata is located in the south of Italy. Its capital is the city Potenza (Potenza). It borders the following regions: Puglia in the north and the east, Campania in the west and Calabria in the south. The region is washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the southwest and by the waters of the Ionian Sea in the southeast. Basilicata consists of the provinces Potenza (Potenza) and Matera (Matera). In addition to the provinces, there are such big cities as Melfi (Melfi), Pisticci (Pisticci) and Policoro (Policoro).

The area of Lake Montecchio (Monticchio) is considered to be one of the most exciting areas of Basilicata; still, it is not so popular with tourists.

The incomparable lakes Il Lago Grande (Il lago Grande) and Il Piccolo Lago (il lago Piccolo) occupy two craters of Volcano Vulture (Monte Vulture), which is extinct and surrounded by the beautiful vegetation.

On the Ionian coast, there are two well-known resorts Metaponto (Metaponto) and Policoro (Policoro); there you can find wide sandy and pebbly beaches, partly surrounded by pine trees and eucalyptus groves.

The city Matera is the unique place, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The historic quarters Sassi (Sassi), where the prehistoric cave houses can be found, are very famous.

The lanes of the commune Civita (Civita) are the oldest part of the city, consisting of the dense network of caves, carved out by shepherds to shelter their families and animals.

The Maratea (Maratea) Coast extends over 32 km along the coastline; it is washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, famous for the bottom, which is very beautiful and rich in marine life forms. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit many caves, scattered along the coastline; you can get there by boat.

The major part of the territory of Basilicata is occupied by the mountains, covered with woods and magnificent pine forests, picturesque nature; there you can relax and have fun.

In the winter, when snow covers the tops of the mountains, you can enjoy various kinds of rest and entertainment. And in the summer mountains are the good place for those, who love walking, climbing, biking or just the beautiful nature.

You can also practice numerous kinds of sport such as rafting, canyoning, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving and sport fishing.

The dishes, typical of the region Basilicata, are completely based on local products. The paste is made by hand. Chilli, which is called “diavolikko” (diavolicchio) here, is added to sauces. Traditionally, dishes with lamb are often cooked here. The sausage “lukanika”, made of pork without the use of additives, is very famous.

The cuisine of this area is characterised by a wide use of vegetables, which, combined with chilli, can be used for cooking a wide range of delicious dishes. These dishes include the calzone with vegetables, the chamotta (ciammotta) - fried potatoes, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, the challeda (cialledda) - beans, artichokes, potatoes and lettuce.

The “lucanian” salad, made of stewed vegetables, is the unique vegetarian dish; it is cooked using onions, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil, parsley and olive oil.

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Distances between main cities

Potenza Matera Policoro Naples Messina Bari Rome
Potenza 99 127 157 409 129 366
Matera 52 251 385 67 461
Policoro 280 320 124 489
Naples 493 266 226
Messina 441 806
Bari 505
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