The Apennines of “Lucania”, the old name for the region now called Basilicata, are the main feature of the landscape of this destination, which is crossed by the Agri and Basento rivers. A territory that includes the 29 municipalities of the Appennino Lucano – Val d’Agri – Lagonegrese National Park, Norman fortresses, Angevin castles and ancient vestiges of the past, such as the beautiful Roman aqueduct of Sarconi and the remains of the ancient town of Grumentum. Not to be missed is the old town centre of Sasso di Castalda and a family visit to the Viggiano adventure park. Walking beneath the splendid beech trees in the Costara woods, where majestic birds of prey pass over, like the peregrine falcon and the golden eagle, will leave you feeling like part of a fairy tale. A charming atmosphere can also be attributed to Viggiano, the town of itinerant musicians, where the harp can be heard playing in the streets.
The winter brings snow to the villages and mountains, the skilift facilities on the Volturino and Sirino mountains are above 2,000 metres, affording great views and thrills to those who dare. Here is the highest mountain refuge in Basilicata, where you can end the day sipping an excellent local red wine.
Potenza is also very interesting, with its old city centre and wonderful Basilicata Archaeological Museum , an ideal destination for an unusual and entertaining trip.
Try the Moliterno IGP Pecorino Canestrato cheese
Visit the medieval walled town of Acerenza
Visit the church of San Michele Arcangelo and the Cathedral of San Gerardo della Porta in Potenza
Go skiing at Conserva di Lauria on Monte Sirino or Sellata Ariosa
Walk across the Tibetan suspension bridge Ponte alla Luna, the most spectacular in Italy, at Sasso di Castalda
Visit the Castle of Lagopesole, the hunting residence of Frederick II
Go shopping in Via Pretoria, Potenza’s high street and meeting place in the highest point of the city
Visit the Black Madonna of Sacro Monte Sanctuary in Viggiano
Go back in time to Grumentum, an ancient Roman colony, and one of Basilicata’s main archaeological sites
Attend the theatrical extravaganza La Storia Bandita, a story about local anti-Napoleonic uprisings, on a summer evening at an amphitheatre created in Grancia (Historic, Rural and Environmental) Park