Basilicata Holidays

Basilicata is a region steeped in history. The regional capital Matera is one of the world’s oldest cities, dating back to the Preolithic era. The Sassi district of Matera, with its cave dwellings, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been awarded 2019 European Capital of Culture, making it the perfect time to visit this enchanting area. Basilicata boasts stunning scenery that ranges from the snow-capped peaks and ancient forests of the Pollino National Park to the white sandy beaches and rocky bays of its two dramatic coastlines. Set in the far south of Italy, neighbouring Puglia to its east, it is a tranquil and quiet part of the country that still retains an undiscovered feel. Greek, French, Spanish and Arabian invasions have influenced these lands and the regional cuisine. Its strong agricultural traditions and delicious rustic ingredients, play a big part in local cooking – recorded as the first place in Italy to produce fresh pasta. This is a delicacy that should not be missed during your stay.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Basilicata. 

  • from£542pp
  • 40 rooms

A hotel formed of individual caves, offering unique, fresh and comfortable rooms for guests to stay in. It has a rejuvenating wellness centre with a swimming pool housed within the cave. Situated just a stone’s throw from the centre of the ancient town of Matera, the European City of Culture 2019.

  • 35 rooms

A hotel in the heart of the Sassi di Matera, close to the city’s beautiful sights and a great base to explore the surrounding region of Basilicata. The rooms are modernised cave dwellings that are etched into the rock, the perfect way to be immerse yourself in the history and character of old Matera.

Useful Information
Information about Basilicata
Resort Code ITMB
Currency EUR
Travel and Transportation

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Things To Do

The region of Basilicata offers a wealth of breath-taking scenery which is best explored by car

For the most part the region is covered by mountains making it’s a great region to explore for those who love walking, climbing or cycling

Visit the European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera – it’s a great time to visit as there are lots of cultural events taking place throughout the city

Stroll the the old town of Matera, Civita, and explore the dense networks of caves.

Explore Matera’s ancient Sassi district which is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight

Try traditional local cuisine including homemade drum wheat pasta, panella bread made with flour and potato and spicy pepperoncino

  • from£1089pp

A small group escorted tour exploring this beautiful unspoilt region of Italy. Famous for its trulli, strange conical roofed houses, Puglia also has impressive baroque architecture and a beautiful coastline, which is now starting to attract its deserved attention.

  • from£929pp

Enjoy a this eleven night self-drive tour through Puglia and Basilicata, see the enchanting castles, ancient hilltop towns, villages perched on the clifftops and really immerse yourself in the southern Italian way of life, sampling delicious local foods as you go. 

  • from£1059pp

Explore southern Italy’s historic villages, dramatic coastlines on this road trip through Puglia and along the Amalfi Coast.

  • from£709pp

See Italy at its most authentic on this self-drive tour through Puglia and Basilicata. See the sun-kissed lands where whitewashed towns cling to clifftops above the sparkling sea. 

Good to know

  • The city of Matera has been awarded 2019 European Capital of Culture
  • Known for its Sassi district and cave dwellings
  • Although the region is mainly land locked, Basilicata has two small stretches of coast on the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea
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