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Calabria & Matera - Basilicata

Calabria & Basilicata represent, more than any other of the regions of Southern Italy, the quintessence of the mezzogiorno. Culturally impoverished, underdeveloped and, owing to emigration, sparsely populated but, the splendid landscape is the main reason for coming to Basilicata and Calabria.

 

Artistically they are the most barren regions in Italy, but the combination of mountain grandeur and a relatively unspoilt coastline, often in close proximity, are a unique attraction. Of the coasts, it's the Tyrrhenian that is the more obviously appealing, with spots like Maratea, Tropea and Scilla well on their way to becoming discovered. The Ionian coast, on the other hand, can be bleak and is visited mainly for its ancients sites, relics from days when the area was an important colonial corner of Magna Grecia. Inland, Italy's boot rises to a high and rugged core, ranging from the Norman strongholds of Basilicata to the forested slopes of the Sila massif around Cosenza and the craggy wilderness of Aspromonte.

Matera

The capital of its province, will astonish any visitor. It's one of the oldest towns in the world because of the continual presence of mankind from the Paleolithic age up to present times. The "Civita" is one of the most ancient parts of Matera. It overlooks the two karst valleys, that in past centuries, were totally covered with vegetation and rich of caves. Because of the demographich growth, the inhabitants had to move from Civita to other places and so the two valleys developed into, what, we call today "Sassi".