The Pantano di Policoro Wood is a protected natural area in the province of Matera, established in 1999, designated Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Area (SPA). It occupies an area of 500 hectares, 21 of which are WWF Italy Oases, gathered under the denomination of "WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia".

When planning Italy vacations for next year, travel professionals’ eyes may be looking south, thanks to the selection of Matera as a European Capital of Culture for 2019 (along with Plovdiv, Bulgaria). It is the fourth Italian city so designated and the first since Genoa in 2004. The others were Bologna (2000) and Florence, the second-ever European...

The Basilicata region of southern Italy is rich in traditions and know-how, but has struggled to market and export its goods. Hence the EU-backed "Mapping Basilicata" project. Some 100 firms from three sectors: food, fashion and furniture, participated in the project to boost the image of local products abroad. For "Mapping Basilicata", seven forei...

Airbnb ha annunciato oggi a Parigi i primi beneficiari del fondo di 5 milioni di euro stanziati per il Community Tourism Programme, l’iniziativa lanciata lo scorso anno da Chris Leahne, Global head of Policy Airbnb, in occasione proprio dell’OECD Forum. Oltre 1,5 milioni di euro sono stati già assegnati a 24 progetti che utilizzeranno l’innovazione...

Italy’s most popular destinations—Rome, Venice, Florence, the Cinque Terre—are endlessly alluring, but in peak summer months they can be crowded and expensive as well. The country’s classic attractions—great art, architecture, food, wine, medieval villages and beautiful country landscapes—can be found outside its famous spots, but where are the bes...

Fine tailoring, fine leather, fine wine, fine interiors…. Italian uber luxury brand Stefano Ricci — founded in 1980 by the eponymous designer — is all about the finer things of life, handcrafted to perfection. Niccolo Ricci, the CEO of the label, takes t2 through the journey of the brand and tells us why the world loves all things Italian. Some of...

Always present in the rural tradition of the Mercure Valley, white beans have played a major role in the agricultural history of the local populations. An 1852 publication by the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies speaks of the cultivation in the area of “graminaceous, leguminous and filierous plants” and specifically mentions the "bean, and this is sever...

The number of visitors to culture-rich Italian 'cities of art' increased by 22.8% between 2010 and 2017, rising from 93.9 million to 115.3 million, according to data presented at the 22nd Arts and Events 100 Italian Cities Fair on Wednesday. The rise was spearheaded by Matera, the Basilicata gem that will be European Capital of Culture next year an...

Look, we would never complain about a trip to Roma or Firenze. But when there’s nary a single nook or cranny of the entire country that’s not absolutely stunning, we figured it would be worth it to venture beyond our familiar Italian horizons (yep, even beyond Cinque Terre and Positano). So here are some of Italy’s lesser known towns and tiny hamle...

“On the road to Little Lucania”: il docu-film, realizzato da Suditaliavideo con il contributo della Regione Basilicata, è un viaggio nei sentimenti degli italoamericani e nelle ”Little Lucania” degli Stati Uniti d’America, microcosmi dal cuore pulsante in cui l’identità lucana si custodisce e si trasmette. Storie di vita, sogni e radici di lucani d...