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Visting Basilicata in Southern Italy

Jasper James A Matera courtyard in Basilicata.

Photo: Jasper James

In the little-known region of Basilicata, the city of Matera has two levels: the upper, modern part, with its fancy boutiques and wineshop selling the increasingly popular wine of the region, Aglianico del Vulture; and the lower level in two pits near the edge of town. The city is known throughout Italy for its sassi (cavelike dwellings), many of which had been dug as early as the eighth century by hermit monks fleeing religious persecution. Read the article

Destinations: Calabria + Basilicata · Matera · Accettura

Inspired by: Back to Basilicata — by Helene Stapinski, Published Apr. 2006

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    Metaponto

    Metaponto has sandy, uncrowded beaches and a collection of lidos. An ancient Greek settlement, it was a resting spot for Spartacus and Pythagoras.

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    Santa Maria de Idris

    Follow the arrows to the frescoed cave church. Some caves are locked to protect against vandalism and require a key from an authorized tour guide.

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    Santa Lucia alle Malve

    Visit this frescoed cave church, arrows point the way. Some caves are locked to protect against vandalism and require a key from an authorized tour

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    The Carlo Levi Center

    The Carlo Levi Center has many of the author-cum-artist's paintings on view.

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