Some of the most impressive scenery in the south of Italy is hidden away in the heart of the tranquil, sun-drenched Basilicata region.
The peperone di Senise, or Senise pepper, is cultivated in a number of villages in the provinces of Matera and Potenza, in the heart of Basilicata.
Basilicata is the most mountainous region in the south of Italy.
The region is divided into two provinces: Potenza and Matera. Potenza is a capital.
Basilicata is rich in arts and culture.
Basilicata is a region in the south of Italy.
The regional capital is Potenza.
Area: 9,995 km2 (3,859.1 sq mi).
The climate is continental in the mountains and Mediterranean along the coasts.
The most important mountains are Volturino, 2005 m, and Sirino, 1835 m.
The province offers a great variety of scenery on relatively small territory.
You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine.
Basilicata is among the few regions of Italy as yet undiscovered by tourists.
Traditionally used for flavoring peasant dishes, the Senise pepper is today a specialty of the Basilicata region
Food Festivals of Basilicata: Sarconi (August) This festival is a combination of numerous cultural events linked to local traditional crops and events based on local food and wine, culminating in a grand, open-air bean feast, where beans and other local foods are on offer, such as cheese, honey and fruit.
Miglinoco (September): In Miglionico, tradition demands that dried figs are threaded into garlands and woven to look like dolls.