It is so blazing hot in Italy this August — an anticyclone dubbed Lucifer swept across the country — that you want to lie forever on the magic, wild beaches of Maratea, the so-called “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.” In this place, nature is a powerful force. The light is clear, and the breathtaking rocky canyons are full of cooling, sparkling waterfa...

In the northernmost province of Basilicata, which stretches up from the arch of Italy’s boot, lies a mountainous, wild area. It recalls the brisk Alps of the north more than warm, southern climes. There, anchored around the extinct Monte Vulture volcano is a patchwork of ancient towns scattered among the undulating foothills that harbor some of the...

After the great crisis caused by the closures during the difficult months of the fight against Covid, Italian catering restarts from Made in Italy and from the excellence of the territory. An example of how this strategy is successful is offered to us by the newly created platform "Officine La Rossa", a real hub of Lucanian food and wine excellence...

It is a treasure trove of traditions, located in the heart of the Pollino National Park - at an altitude of about 850 meters - and stands out among the most characteristic villages in all of Basilicata. Welcome to San Paolo Albanese, whose peculiarity is linked to its historical-artistic and, above all, cultural heritage. The village, in fact, was...

Pollino National Park is the widest protected area in Italy and it is named after Pollino massif. It was established in 1988 and it covers a surface of 192.565 hectares, of which 103.915 are in Calabria and the others are in Basilicata including the areas of Potenza, Matera, Cosenza and other 56 municipalities. The territory presents different char...

From Kennedy to von Braun, from Johnson to Debus, among the protagonists of the historical adventure that brought man to the Moon 42 years ago, there was one who had a decisive role, as director of the launch and later responsible for the entire Apollo program. His name was Rocco Petrone, and, as his very Italian name tells us, he was the son of a...

The night of San Lorenzo in Italy is approaching, for that day that falls on August 10 you can see from the earth the astronomical phenomenon of the Perseids. They are a meteor shower that the Earth goes through every year during the summer period . The meteor shower usually arrives at the end of July and lasts until mid-August with peaks of visibi...

Italy's Basilicata region came out of anonymity after the Commission of the European Union named Matera a 2019 European Capital of Culture. Today, it's teeming with projects, but several people were already in on the secret as far back as 30 years ago.What was Sofia Coppola doing in Bernalda? But above all, where is Bernalda? It's not Hollywood. Th...

While the wines of Basilicata may be lesser known than those of, say, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Sicily, they're no less notable. Volcanic soils, high-altitude vineyards in well-ventilated positions, and the vast day and night temperature range ensure healthy and fragrant grapes that beget pleasant territorial wines. Red wines comprise 80% of Basilicat...

Wedged between mountains and the sea, the Basilicata region boasts an extensive and varied food tradition. A mix of simple, wholesome and intense flavours, that can be enjoyed beyond regional boundaries. For our glossary series of Italy’s regional riches, here’s an alphabetical primer of Basislicata specialties. Canestrato di Moliterno is a cheese...