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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Basilicata

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the hidden gems of Basilicata: – Basilicata is a region in southern Italy that has a rich and diverse history, culture, and natural beauty. It is also known by its ancient name Lucania, which dates to the time of the Greeks and Romans. Basilicata covers an area of about 10,000 square kilometres, making it one of the smallest regions in Italy. It has two coastlines: one on the Tyrrhenian Sea, between Campania and Calabria, and one on the Gulf of Taranto, between Calabria and Apulia. It borders Campania to the west, Apulia to the north and east, and Calabria to the south. The capital of Basilicata is Potenza, a city that lies on a hilltop at an altitude of 819 meters above sea level. Potenza is the highest regional capital in Italy and has a population of about 65,000. It is known for its historical monuments, such as the Cathedral, the Castle, and the Palazzo Loffredo. The other province of Basilicata is Matera, which is famous for its ancient cave dwellings called Sassi. The Sassi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have been inhabited since prehistoric times. They are carved into the rocky cliffs of a ravine and form a complex network of houses, churches, and cisterns. Matera was also the setting for several films, such as The Passion of the Christ and Ben-Hur. Basilicata has a varied and rugged landscape, dominated by mountains and hills. The highest peak is Mount Pollino (2,267 meters), which is part of the Pollino National Park, the largest in Italy. The park is home to many rare plants and animals, such as the Apennine wolf, the golden eagle, and the Bosnian pine. Basilicata also has some beautiful lakes, such as Lake Pertusillo and Lake Montecotugno.

Basilicata has a long and turbulent history, marked by invasions, wars, and earthquakes. It was colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century BC and became part of Magna Graecia, a cultural and political alliance of Greek city-states in southern Italy. It was then conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC and became part of their empire. After the fall of Rome, it was ruled by various peoples, such as the Byzantines, the Lombards, the Normans, the Swabians, the Angevins, the Aragonese, and the Spanish. It was also affected by several devastating earthquakes, such as those of 1694 and 1857. Basilicata has a rich and diverse culture, influenced by its various rulers and inhabitants. It has its own dialects, traditions, folklore, music, cuisine, and crafts. Some examples are: – The Tarantella Lucana, a folk dance that involves fast movements and tambourines. – The Festa della Bruna (Feast of Our Lady of Bruna), a religious celebration that takes place in Matera on July 2nd every year. It features a procession of a wooden statue of the Madonna on a chariot decorated with paper flowers. – The Cucibocca (Mouth Sewer), a carnival character that wears a mask with a long nose and goes around sewing people’s mouths shut with thread. – The Peperone di Senise (Senise Pepper), a type of sweet pepper that is dried and ground into a powder called Cruschi. It is used to flavour dishes such as pasta, soup, and bread. – The Ceramics of Laterza (Laterza Pottery), a craft that dates to the 15th century and produces colourful plates, bowls, vases, and figurines with geometric or floral patterns. Basilicata is a region that offers many attractions and surprises to its visitors. It is a place where history, nature, art, and culture blend together in harmony. It is a place where you can discover the roots of Italy and its people. Let our captivating photographs transport you to the heart of Basilicata, capturing the essence of this remarkable region. Italy in Photos – showcasing the beauty of Italy, one image at a time.

The Provinces of Basilicata

Potenza – The Province of Potenza is a beautiful and diverse region in the south of Italy, in the Basilicata area. It has a rich history, dating back to the ancient Lucanians who fought against Rome. It is home to the city of Potenza, the highest regional capital in Italy, as well as the picturesque coastal town of Maratea. The province offers stunning natural landscapes, from the mountain lakes of Monticchio, to the lush Lucan forest, to the majestic Pollino National Park. The Province of Potenza is a place where tradition and modernity coexist, and where visitors can discover the authentic culture and cuisine of southern Italy

Matera – The Province of Matera is a province in the Basilicata region of Italy, with an area of 3,447 square kilometres and a population of about 200,00. Its capital is the city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its ancient cave dwellings known as the Sassi. The province has a rich history and culture, dating back to the Palaeolithic period and influenced by various civilizations, such as the Romans, the Franks, the Normans, and the Aragonese. The province also boasts natural beauty, with a diverse landscape of hills, valleys, rivers, and the Ionian Sea. The Province of Matera is a fascinating destination for travelers who want to discover the authentic and unique aspects of Italy.

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Matera

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