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Acerenza

It is one of Italy's most beautiful villages and "Cathedral city". The ancient Acheruntia, inhabited since the 6th century BC, mentioned by the latin poet Horace, overlooks the river Bradano valley. The historic past of Acerenza, roman town first, then norman and finally renaissance, is visible in…

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Atella

Situated just west of Venosa, excavations at Atella have revealed evidence of prehistoric elephant hunting; it is thought that a particular hunting technique involving bogging an elephant down in thick mud was used.Worth a visit are the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo which has a cave church…

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Banzi

Un’atmosfera mistica avvolge il comune di Banzi che sorge al centro dell’alta Valle del Bradano, disposta su un’altura sul corso del torrente Fiumarella. Infinite ragioni possono attirare l’attenzione del visitatore curioso: la storia del borgo, dove si possono ammirare i resti dell’Abbazia…

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Barile

Molto caratteristico, Barile è uno dei paesi lucani di origine arbëreshe (greco-albanese), di cui da secoli si conservano lingua, tradizioni e culti religiosi. A nord della Basilicata, nell’area del Vulture, Barile ha una suggestiva collocazione, posto su due colline separate da un burrone.…

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Cancellara

Al visitatore che vi giunge per la prima volta Cancellara appare come un presepe che, soprattutto al tramonto, puntellato di lucine, trasmette una sensazione di serenità e accoglienza. Il borgo del paese sorge su una collina dalla quale fa capolino il castello baronale, nei cui pressi svettano le…

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Forenza

The village of Forenza, with its charming, narrow streets and lovely views, can be found south of Venosa, close to the site of the ancient city of Forentum which is mentioned by historical writers such as Horace, Livy, Diodorus Siculus and Pliny. Also worth a visit are the Rock of San Biagio, a…

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Genzano di Lucania

Genzano di Lucania è un antico insediamento romano aggrappato ad uno sperone da cui è possibile ammirare un paesaggio incantevole sull’alta Valle del Bradano. Il paese e i suoi dintorni custodiscono architetture di pregio come la “Fontana Cavallina”, sulla cui sommità spicca una scultura della dea…

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Ginestra

In questo piccolo borgo, posto su un colle dal dolce pendio, risuonano le voci dei suoi abitanti che parlano prevalentemente la lingua albanese, per non tradire le sue origini arbëreshë, aspetto peraltro comune a quelle di altri due paesi lucani del Vulture: Barile e Maschito. Il delizioso borgo di…

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Lavello

È uno dei comuni della splendida area del Vulture e in esso si concentrano diversi luoghi di interesse storico-artistico che testimoniano le sue antiche origini. La storia di Lavello è legata all’epoca della denominazione normanna, cui risale il castello, oggi sede del comune, ma a rendere degno di…

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Maschito

Maschito è uno dei paesi arbëreshë della Basilicata, insieme a Barile e Ginestra, nell’area nel Vulture Alto Bradano, e a San Costantino Albanese e San Paolo Albanese, entrambi nel Parco del Pollino. Una delle caratteristiche di questo splendido paesino è proprio l’utilizzo della lingua albanese…

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Melfi

Melfi is located in the north-east area of the region and is for sure one of the most interesting city to visit. The city has an illoustrious past: beloved by the Normans of Guiscardo and Frederick II of Swabia, Melfi was the regional capital of Duchy of Apulia during the 12th century. Built around…

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Montemilone

Nella splendida cornice dell’area Vulture Alto Bradano sorge il comune di Montemilone, fra le ondulate colline a pochi chilometri dal confine con la Puglia. Antichi portali in pietra, balconate in ferro battuto, caratteristiche casette ed edicole sacre disseminate in diversi punti sono i segni di…

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Oppido Lucano

Oppido Lucano è uno scrigno di preziosi tesori religiosi, archeologici e naturali, venuti alla luce nel corso di interessanti scavi archeologici. Un paese dalle origini antiche, “raccontate” dai numerosi reperti appartenuti ad una necropoli risalente a VI e IV secolo a. C., rinvenuti sul monte…

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Palazzo San Gervasio

Nel suo nome è impressa la sua storia: “Palatium Sancti Gervasii”, rimanda infatti al palazzo fatto edificare dall’Imperatore di Svevia Federico II. In paese è intensa la percezione della simbiosi tra il borgo e il palazzo e forte è il connubio tra storia, cultura e arte che rendono il paese meta…

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Rapolla

Città delle cantine e delle acque termali, Rapolla è un piccolo centro del Vulture Melfese dalle infinite risorse. Vale la pena prevedere una sosta in paese, passeggiare per le strette e suggestive stradine in ripida ascesa verso la sommità del colle, fino a raggiungere la duecentesca cattedrale,…

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Rapone

Il nuovo e il vecchio si incontrano a Rapone, nell’impianto architettonico e nelle tradizioni. Alla ricca storia custodita nel centro storico infatti si alterna la veste più moderna degli edifici che hanno ampliato l’antico abitato di impianto medioevale, impreziosito da palazzi seicenteschi a loro…

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Rionero in Vulture

Ai piedi del Monte Vulture, Rionero in Vulture, nella provincia di Potenza, è circondato da un territorio ricco di bellezze naturali, ha dato natali a personaggi illustri ed è uno dei centri dell’Aglianico del Vulture Doc. La storia dell’esuberante comune di Rionero è legata alle figure del…

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Ripacandida

Ripacandida, city of honey, wine and oil, but also the home of saints and lords, stands out from the top of a withish hill, from which its name derives. In this small town of the Vulture area there is a church, dedicated to Saint Donato, richly decorated with a series of frescoes, which, due to the…

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Ruvo del Monte

Storia e tradizioni aleggiano nel borgo di Ruvo del Monte, antica città sannita, nell’area nord occidentale della Basilicata, il Vulture Melfese. Le sue antichissime origini sono testimoniate dagli scavi archeologici condotti sulla collina che sovrasta il paese, facendo emergere necropoli di…

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San Chirico Nuovo

Nell’antico borgo di San Chirico Nuovo si respira aria di autenticità, in esso scorrono sotto gli occhi curiosi del visitatore ringhiere e inferriate in ferro battuto, alcuni dalla fattura più semplice altri più elaborata, segno di un’attività artigianale molto consolidata nel passato. L’antichità…

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San Fele

Found south west of the Monticchio Lakes, San Fele is known for its waterfalls named U Uattenniére. Nature trails of varying difficulty make it possible for visitors to appreciate the picturesque falls. The forests of San Fele provides excellent opportunities for hiking, climbing and horse-riding.……

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Tolve

The hilltop town of Tolve is located north of Castelmezzano, an ancient Medieval centre, defended on a cliff and dominated by the remains of its ancient Castle. The feast of San Rocco is celebrated here in August and September. Other points of interest include the portal of the Church of San Pietro…

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Venosa

A forest of epic proportions, dotted here and there with blue lakes and water courses interspersed among the huge green expanse , which gradually thins out from west to east giving way to more gentle, multi-coloured hills laden with vineyards (the region is home to Aglianico DOCG, the king of…

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Churches on the Plain

Among the churches located in the historical centre and along the city’s viewpoints, offering stunning vistas over the Sassi, the Cathedral definitely stands out. The church is dedicated to the patron saints of the city, the Madonna della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio (1230/1270). Must-see sites include…

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Matera movie tour

Matera like JerusalemFrom Matera, the set of film sets, begins a journey of discovery of the most evocative locations chosen by the great international filmmakers. The “manger of miracles” is unveiled by the directors who staged their story of Jesus Christ in those places that are so symbolic of…

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Rupestrian Churches

The Parco della Murgia Materana, also known as the Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches of Matera, boasts a natural and spiritual heritage of exceptional value, thanks to its over one hundred and fifty cave churches included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993 Some of these places…

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(Italiano) Bella

Nel cuore del Marmo Platano Melandro sorge il comune di Bella, circondato da una natura incontaminata nella quale si distingue, da qualunque prospettiva, il castello aragonese attorno al quale si raggruppano le case colorate del nucleo abitato. Il paese sorprende il visitatore anche per i diversi…

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Brindisi di Montagna

Just east of Potenza, the town of Brindisi di Montagna is close to the Grancia Park which has a large, modern amphitheatre, a popular destination for lovers of opera and music. La Storia Bandita is performed every summer with a cast of over 400 local volunteers.The story depicts one of the most…

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(Italiano) Castelsaraceno

“Castrum Saracenum”, roccaforte saracena, c’è tutta la sua storia nel nome di Castelsaraceno, splendido borgo che sorge alle pendici del monte Alpi, nel cuore del Parco Nazionale del Pollino, immerso nella natura incontaminata. Lontani dal frastuono della quotidianità ci si perde nel suo centro…

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Movie sets in Matera

Matera, the so-called Jerusalem of Lucania, has been host to many biblical movies including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), and King David (1985), directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Richard Gere. Matera featured…

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Food and wine in Matera

Matera is also the ideal location to taste the delicious regional cuisine and wines, bearing the DOP and IGP quality marks. Among the local specialities, there is Matera bread, with its fragrant flavour and characteristic shape that reminds of the Murgia landscapes. The bread is baked in wood-fired…

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I sassi di Matera

The ‘Sassi’ district

Two natural amphitheatres entirely carved out of the rock: the ‘Sasso Barisano’, to the north-west, and the ‘Sasso Caveoso’, to the south. The ‘Civita’ district, which is the oldest inhabited group of buildings, dominates on the ‘Sassi di Matera’, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since……

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National Archaeological Museum “Dinu Adamesteanu”

Since 2005, the prestigious Palazzo Loffredo, in the heart of Potenza historic centre, has housed the national archaeological museum of Basilicata, named after Dinu Adamesteanu, the Romanian archaeologist who was the first head of the archaeological heritage office of Basilicata region……

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Provincial Archaeological Museum of Potenza

The museo archeologico provinciale (provincial archaeological museum) of Potenza retains the historical memory of the area and guides visitors through the discovery of the uses, cults and traditions of the peoples who had settled in Basilicata, from the Greek colonisation to the late Imperial Age.…

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The Musmeci Bridge

Modern architecture is finely represented by the Musmeci Bridge, which might be a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List. The bridge takes its name from the engineer who built it in the late 1960s. This architectural sight represents the ideal backdrop for avant-garde art with its elegant…

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Stabile Theatre

Nominated as the “Historic regional theatre” in 2014, it is considered as one of the main sights of artistic excellence in the region. The construction started in 1856, and it was officially opened on the 26th of January 1881, on the occasion of the arrival of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of…

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The Civic Gallery and the Cappella dei Celestini

Palazzo Loffredo encloses the exhibition venues of the municipal Civic Gallery, together with the rooms of the Cappella dei Celestini (chapel). Due to their architectural and historical value, they are the main exhibition spaces in the city that host important figurative art exhibitions in addition…

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The Pinacoteca Provinciale

Adjacent to the museum, there is the Pinacoteca Provinciale, the Provincial Art Gallery, designed by engineer Giuseppe Quaroni and architect Marcello Piacentini, in 1905. It houses the permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures dedicated to Concetto Valente. This includes part of the…

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The Roman Villa of Malvaccaro

In Potenza, it is certainly worth visiting the Roman Villa of Malvaccaro built in the second half of the 4th century AD, as well as the mosaico di Malvaccaro (mosaic of Malvaccaro), which decorated the interior of the villa where some precious ceramics of the 2nd-4th century were also found.…

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The Churches of Matera

Among the churches located in the historical centre and along the city’s viewpoints, offering stunning vistas over the Sassi, the Cathedral definitely stands out. The church is dedicated to the patron saints of the city, the Madonna della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio (1230/1270).  Must-see sites…

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(Italiano) Le chiese rupestri di Matera

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(Italiano) Le chiese sul piano di Matera

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Sport in Potenza

In autumn and winter the natural areas of Basilicata are suited to enjoying new activities, especially when the snow starts covering the highest peaks and the numerous ski resorts perched on top of them welcome groups of ski lovers. Nestled near Potenza and right at the heart of the National Park…

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Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale “Domenico Ridola”

Museums and cultural centers

Today, the city of the Sassi is the ideal location to rediscover the most authentic aspects of knowledge and fully enjoy a unique human and cultural panorama, where everyone can find something of themselves and feel immediately warmly welcomed. One of the most amazing experiences is wandering…

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Parks and Nature around Matera

Near Matera there are parks of unique beauty where it is possible to practice outdoor activities or attend thematic events. The relationship between man and nature, in the Matera area, has the sinuosity of the Natural Historical Archaeological Regional Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, a…

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Archaeological Museums

The “Dino Adamesteanu” National Archaeological Museum  The National Archaeological Museum in Potenza, inaugurated in May 2005, was named after Dinu Adamesteanu, the Romanian archaeologist and undisputed father of archaeology in Basilicata. The desire to create a network of museums in Basilicata, in…

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Potenza and the cinema

Basilicata, land of cinema! There is not only Matera, in recent years Potenza was the location of several Italian films by well-known directors and artists. “La Sorpresa”, by Ivan Polidoro, produced by Movie Factory of Rome, is one of the most recent films whose scenes have also been shot in…

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History of Potenza

In order to really get to know Potenza, Italy’s highest regional capital (819 m), you must get to grips with its long and often tortured history. Over the centuries, wars, fires and devastating earthquakes (in 1273, 1694, 1857 and 1980) have altered its architectural appearance to what you see…

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Potenza, the typical cuisine

Not to be lost is the typical cuisine. Simplicity and freshness are the hallmarks, starting from fresh pasta, traditionally made by hand using only two ingredients: water and flour. Handmade pasta is the undisputed star of local cuisine and flavoured by either vegetables or meat ragù. Potenza still…

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Potenza, the cultural heritage

Potenza has been the regional capital for over two hundred years and boasts a thousand-year old history. Ancient alleys, enchanting squares and historic stairways surround the old town centre. The heart of the city is via Pretoria, the ancient decumanus, which is a gathering place for local people…

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Cathedral and main churches

Among the main historical and architectural sights of the capital, it is particularly worth mentioning the many churches, which embed an extraordinary artistic heritage, starting from San Gerardo Cathedral. Originally dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, between the 12th and 13th…

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Potenza, nature and parks

Potenza is surrounded by numerous parks and public villas where you can take regenerating walks or admire breathtaking views. The Montereale park is the historic green space of the city, but the capital city has got many vast green areas, such as the Villa of Santa Maria, Baden Powell Park, Elisa…

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