Aliano

Aliano is a hill top town south west of Craco famed for its peculiar houses made only of raw clay and set in the beautiful clay landscape known as the Calanchi or ‘lunar landscape’. The cliff faces are made from white clay and sand which reach immense heights, and the surrounding valleys are…

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Cirigliano

Along the Sauro stream surrounded by dense woods, Cirigliano rises on a hill. The village is characterised by the shape of its castle, with the adjoining Chapel of the Addolorata, built at the end of the sixteenth century by the Formica, feudal lords of the time. The origins of Cirigliano can…

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Craco

Regularly featuring in world listings of the top 10 ghost towns to visit, Craco is renowned for its haunting mystery and beauty. Despite very little being known about it, tombs dating to the 1st century were found in the Sant’Angelo area and it is assumed that an indigenous settlement was…

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Ferrandina

Ferrandina rises near the Basento river, around which the gentle landscapes of the Matera hills open up, and is a true architectural masterpiece with narrow-faced white houses, one next to the other and piled one on top of the other. The profile of the inhabited area that develops in length is…

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Garaguso

The origins of Garaguso are very ancient, so much so that according to findings and studies it seems that the locality was already inhabited in the proto-historic and then Lucanian times. Among the most important finds, there is the one called Temple of Garaguso, a sculptural work in marble now…

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Grassano

Grassano is known as the village of cribs for being the birthplace of master Franco Artese, a well-known Lucanian crib artist who has exhibited his works all over the world. The artistic nativity scene of the master from Grassano is kept inside Palazzo Materi, one of the best preserved noble…

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Grottole

Grottole is one of the oldest villages in the region, so named for its grotticelle, the grottos that are still used today to work clay, creating vases, jugs and other handicraft tools. A little detached from the inhabited centre on the Motta hill stands the feudal castle, characterised by different…

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Irsina

Named Montepeloso until 1895, the town has ancient origins, as evindenced by the numerous archaelogical finds dating back to the Greek-Roman period, discovered along with an important rock settlement found at the entrance of the village. These findings were brought to light by Michele Janora, to…

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Miglionico

Perched on top of a hill, the town of Miglionico is spreads around the outstanding Castello del Malconsiglio. The castle, dating back to the 8th- 9th- century, is flanked by six towers and overlooks the entire Bradano valley. The castle's name derives from the bloodthirsty cospiracy made by the…

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Montalbano Ionico

The town rises above the gullies, clayey formations that characterise the area with their particular morphology, making it unmistakable with a typical lunar landscape. Here in Montalbano there is the Regional Reserve of the Gullies, the largest in Basilicata and featuring geological rarities that…

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Montescaglioso

A town of great interest for its history and landscape, Montescaglioso hosts the splendid 7th-century Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, considered one of the most significant monuments in Basilicata. Spread across three floors, with the lower level consisting of rock-hewn cellars, the building rises…

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Pomarico

The village, which was the birthplace of the mother of the musician and composer Antonio Vivaldi and today hosts an important music festival dedicated to him, stands on a very fertile territory rich in orchards, vineyards and olive groves. Its origins are certainly ancient, so much so that several…

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Salandra

The village is dominated by the ruins of a castle dating back to the twelfth century, while in the historic centre there are several liturgical buildings, such as the sixteenth century Conventual Complex of the Reformed Fathers, with a spectacular cloister, today the seat of the Municipality, the…

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San Mauro Forte

San Mauro Forte stands on a hill in the valley of the Salandrella stream and is surrounded by olive groves, a resource of fundamental importance for the village known for its remarkable oil production, so much so that it has earned the nickname of City of oil. It has medieval origins, as evidenced…

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Stigliano

Stigliano stands on a ridge at about 900 meters above sea level which dominates all around and which represents the extreme northern limit of the Calanchi (badlands) area. From it, in fact, suggestive excursions can start to discover the nearby Bosco di Montepiano, eight hundred hectares covered…

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Tricarico

The outline of a 27 metres high, ancient Norman tower dominates the houses of the ancient village of Tricarico, first Lombard, then Saracen, Byzantine and finally Norman stronghold. From the top of the village, the convent of S. Chiara stands out from the horizon, immersed in spirituality. Its…

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Aliano

Aliano is a hill top town south west of Craco famed for its peculiar houses made only of raw clay and set in the beautiful clay landscape known as the Calanchi or ‘lunar landscape’. The cliff faces are made from white clay and sand which reach immense heights, and the surrounding valleys are…

Read more

Cirigliano

Along the Sauro stream surrounded by dense woods, Cirigliano rises on a hill. The village is characterised by the shape of its castle, with the adjoining Chapel of the Addolorata, built at the end of the sixteenth century by the Formica, feudal lords of the time. The origins of Cirigliano can…

Read more

Craco

Regularly featuring in world listings of the top 10 ghost towns to visit, Craco is renowned for its haunting mystery and beauty. Despite very little being known about it, tombs dating to the 1st century were found in the Sant’Angelo area and it is assumed that an indigenous settlement was…

Read more

Ferrandina

Ferrandina rises near the Basento river, around which the gentle landscapes of the Matera hills open up, and is a true architectural masterpiece with narrow-faced white houses, one next to the other and piled one on top of the other. The profile of the inhabited area that develops in length is…

Read more

Garaguso

The origins of Garaguso are very ancient, so much so that according to findings and studies it seems that the locality was already inhabited in the proto-historic and then Lucanian times. Among the most important finds, there is the one called Temple of Garaguso, a sculptural work in marble now…

Read more

Grassano

Grassano is known as the village of cribs for being the birthplace of master Franco Artese, a well-known Lucanian crib artist who has exhibited his works all over the world. The artistic nativity scene of the master from Grassano is kept inside Palazzo Materi, one of the best preserved noble…

Read more

Grottole

Grottole is one of the oldest villages in the region, so named for its grotticelle, the grottos that are still used today to work clay, creating vases, jugs and other handicraft tools. A little detached from the inhabited centre on the Motta hill stands the feudal castle, characterised by different…

Read more

Irsina

Named Montepeloso until 1895, the town has ancient origins, as evindenced by the numerous archaelogical finds dating back to the Greek-Roman period, discovered along with an important rock settlement found at the entrance of the village. These findings were brought to light by Michele Janora, to…

Read more

Miglionico

Perched on top of a hill, the town of Miglionico is spreads around the outstanding Castello del Malconsiglio. The castle, dating back to the 8th- 9th- century, is flanked by six towers and overlooks the entire Bradano valley. The castle's name derives from the bloodthirsty cospiracy made by the…

Read more

Montalbano Ionico

The town rises above the gullies, clayey formations that characterise the area with their particular morphology, making it unmistakable with a typical lunar landscape. Here in Montalbano there is the Regional Reserve of the Gullies, the largest in Basilicata and featuring geological rarities that…

Read more

Montescaglioso

A town of great interest for its history and landscape, Montescaglioso hosts the splendid 7th-century Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, considered one of the most significant monuments in Basilicata. Spread across three floors, with the lower level consisting of rock-hewn cellars, the building rises…

Read more

Pomarico

The village, which was the birthplace of the mother of the musician and composer Antonio Vivaldi and today hosts an important music festival dedicated to him, stands on a very fertile territory rich in orchards, vineyards and olive groves. Its origins are certainly ancient, so much so that several…

Read more

Salandra

The village is dominated by the ruins of a castle dating back to the twelfth century, while in the historic centre there are several liturgical buildings, such as the sixteenth century Conventual Complex of the Reformed Fathers, with a spectacular cloister, today the seat of the Municipality, the…

Read more

San Mauro Forte

San Mauro Forte stands on a hill in the valley of the Salandrella stream and is surrounded by olive groves, a resource of fundamental importance for the village known for its remarkable oil production, so much so that it has earned the nickname of City of oil. It has medieval origins, as evidenced…

Read more

Stigliano

Stigliano stands on a ridge at about 900 meters above sea level which dominates all around and which represents the extreme northern limit of the Calanchi (badlands) area. From it, in fact, suggestive excursions can start to discover the nearby Bosco di Montepiano, eight hundred hectares covered…

Read more

Tricarico

The outline of a 27 metres high, ancient Norman tower dominates the houses of the ancient village of Tricarico, first Lombard, then Saracen, Byzantine and finally Norman stronghold. From the top of the village, the convent of S. Chiara stands out from the horizon, immersed in spirituality. Its…

Read more