Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world, the keeper of stories and memories that have been handed down for centuries. The city of the Sassi, a place where landscapes, cultures, traditions and civilizations have alternated and united over time – nominated by Unesco, in 1993, a World Heritage Site and in 2014 European Capital of Culture for 2019 – over the years it has become a source of pride and a symbol of a land that has been able to redeem itself by showing everyone its charm and its true nature.
Marina di Pisticci
A few kilometers from the Archaeological Area of Metaponto and less than thirty minutes from Matera lies Marina di Pisticci, a popular destination for lovers of the sea and those who want to spend a holiday of pure relaxation.
Golden beaches, shallow waters, a true natural paradise considered one of the treasures of Basilicata. Around the territory of Pisticci, there are the Calanchi Lucani, clayey furrows which, creating a fascinating natural scenery, for their uniqueness and beauty, have inspired over time the works of painters, artists and writers.
About 25 km away is the Borgo di Pisticci, a very characteristic village where the historic buildings, squares, churches, defensive towers and the row of white houses with red roofs make this town a small treasure chest to admire and protect.
Alberobello, with its thousands of trulli often embellished with zodiacal, religious or family symbols, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
To visit the two-storey Trullo Sovrano, the church of San Antonio in the shape of a trullo, the “house of love”, today a precious tourist information point and the minor basilica of the Santi Medici, which houses the images of the Madonna of Loreto and of the patron saints Cosma and Damiano, celebrated on 27 and 28 September.
Policoro, the ancient Heraclea, is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday: sea, nature and history combine to create a unique landscape.
The crystal clear sea of medium depth, the beaches made of sand and small pebbles, are chosen every year by the Caretta Caretta turtles. In fact, it often happens to witness the hatching of the eggs and to see groups of dolphins swimming offshore.
Finally, a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, the Sanctuary of Demeter and the Temple of Dionysus, dating back to the 7th century BC. C. will be the perfect memory of a journey to the constant rediscovery of the past.
Land of heroes, divinities, conquerors, poets, philosophers and artists, for centuries it has given refreshment and hospitality to all those who come across it. Metaponto literally means “between two rivers”, because it rises between the Bradano and the Basento.
Nature, sea and archeology have always been what make this area an evocative place and one of the most popular destinations in Basilicata.
Those who visit Metaponto cannot help but admire the imposing Palatine Tables – twelve columns in Doric style, remains of the Temple of Hera – which at sunset bring out the immutable charm of Greek art and the National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto.