Bernalda

Bernalda is a hilltop town located in the province of Matera between two rivers, the Bradano and Basento. The plateau was originally settled by the Greeks, until the 15th century it was known as ‘Camarda’, reflecting the need of the inhabitants to live close to the lands they…

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Colobraro

The village stands on a hill from which it dominates the entire Agri valley, so much so that it is defined as the “sentinel of the Val d’Agri”. Built around the monastery of the Basilian monks of Santa Maria di Cironofrio, it was an ancient Basilian centre, which belonged to the…

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Metaponto

Metaponto is located in the province of Matera on the road that links Potenza and Matera with Taranto. It is partly set back from the 35 km of Ionian coastline by pine forest. With a population of only 1000 Metaponto is an exclusive resort with lots to see and do. The town is split with two main…

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Nova Siri

Nova Siri is a 10 minute drive from Rotondella and is located just south west of Policoro along the border. It is a pretty hilltop town situated on the river in the surrounding area of San Nicola, with picturesque views of the Ionian coastline. Go there for the Marina di Nova Siri, a popular…

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Oliveto Lucano

The village, located on the slopes of Mount Croccia, boasts ancient origins, so much so that in the Middle Ages it was a fief of the Knights of Malta. On the top of the mountain it is possible to explore the remains of the ancient fortified city named, according to some scholars, Gallipolis, a…

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Pisticci

The territory of Pisticci is characterised in particular by the presence of gullies, clayey rocks formed by soil erosion, which give the landscape an evocative lunar aspect. In the historic centre of the town, built on the hills of Serra Cipolla, San Francesco and Monte Como, we find the Mother…

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Policoro

Policoro is located in the fertile plain of Metaponto and is on the coast of the Matera province. The town is three kilometres from the Ionian sea, separated from its beaches by a tranquil pine forest nature reserve. The Ionian Sea is rich in marine life and dolphins and sea turtles are common in…

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Rotondella

Rotondella is a pretty mountaintop village, located south west of Policoro. Its high position gives it unmissable views, looking over the Ionian coastline making it a great stopping point en route. Rotondella is an old Italian town with mentions of it in 1261 by the name Rotunda Marinis. It is also…

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Scanzano Ionico

Scanzano Jonico owes its fame to the production of fruit, in particular citrus fruits, vegetables and tobacco. It was the last town in the province of Matera to be created following the land reform; until 1974 it was part of the municipality of Montalbano Jonico. The agricultural vocation of…

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Tursi

Home town of Albino Pierro, a Lucanian poet twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature, Tursi stands on a sandstone hill between the Agri and Sinni rivers. Pierro, in his verses in the Tursi dialect, has repeatedly praised its millennial beauty. To eternalise the poet’s memory the…

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Valsinni

This village is situated in the valley of the river Sinni on the hilltop. It has the ruins of an Acropolis which can be seen arranged in staggered rows with a water source. It also has the Literary Park of Isabella Morra, a renowned poet.The park was established in 1993 and extends over the places…

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