In our ongoing series “Basilicata: Terra di Cinema,” we are focusing today on a new film by two of Basilicata’s most prolific filmmakers: Antonio Andrisani and Pascal Zullino. Since our series began in 2015, this issue of oil drilling has been present among the region’s contemporary filmmakers. So much so, that it would be disrespectful to the film...

Calling all adventurous drinkers—you can now sip your favorite Italian wines from the comfort of a cave. Earlier this summer, wine lover Gian Paolo Buziol debuted his Enoteca dai Tosi project, a winery in the mountains in the city of Matera, a three-hour drive from Naples. According to Trendland, the concept stems from a contest Buziol ran in 2016,...

One of the best aspects of living in Italy for over a decade as a travel writer has been discovering towns I didn’t have on my radar before moving here. From Tuscany to Calabria, the Dolomites to Basilicata, this country is crammed with villages full of art, food, and natural beauty—places that many travelers miss out on while focusing on the tried...

Nella prima settimana del prossimo mese di agosto il presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America Donald Trump visiterà la città di Matera. La notizia non è stata diffusa dalla Prefettura di Matera per motivi di sicurezza ma il programma della visita a Matera è stato già definito. Donald Trump, che ha scelto la Puglia ed in particolare Borgo Egnazia, res...

The recovery in southern Italy is continuing, driven by business. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9% in 2016, after +1% in 2015: moderate growth that should continue also in the first part of 2017. And it is industry in the strict sense which is fueling this trend: its value added rose in 2016 by 3.4%: two points higher than the Italian average...

Doppio malto, aromatica, dal colore rosso tendente all'ambrato. Lavorata con malti speciali, farina di castagne e caratterizzata dal profumo di numerose spezie che le conferiscono un gusto unico, vellutato e fruttato. Ma soprattutto lucana, di Balvano, in provincia di Potenza, prodotta in uno stabilimento sorto nei primi anni '80 e rilevato nel 199...

Frank Di Ionno is racing through the mountain roads outside of San Bartolomeo, Italy, like a young Mario Andretti. He is 67 but has the energy and sense of immortality of a man one third his age. I look over at the speedometer. It bounces between 110 and 120. I realize its kilometers but it sure feels like miles per hour to me. I am in the passenge...

On July 2, the city of Matera, in Basilicata, celebrates its main annual festival: the Festa della Bruna, or the Festa della Madonna Bruna. Matera is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, known as Sassi, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is evidence that people were living in the Sassi as early as the year 7000 BC and the caves are sti...

There is a sense of shame as Luigi Plasmati, 89, recollects growing up amid chronic poverty in a crammed cave in Matera, an ancient, bruised city in Italy’s southern Basilicata region.“It was brutal,” he said. “There were families of maybe nine or 10 children, sleeping next to mules and pigs. We were dying of hunger.” Less than 70 years ago some 15...

Industry is the driving force behind the slow economic recovery in the South of Italy, a study by the Svimez think tank shows. The new figures relative to 2016 show that private investments are playing a decisive role in the consolidation of the growth path begun in 2015 (that in any case remains weak), driven by industry in the strict sense. With...