| Quick Facts
|| Italian Region
|| Euro (€)
|| 9,995 km2
|| 575,902(2012 est)
Regionally Spoken:Neapolitan, Albanian, Gallo-Italic
|| 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)
| Time Zone
|| UTC +1 and UTC +2(DST)
Basilicata , also known as Lucania is a region of southern Italy.
It is divided into two provinces:
- Potenza — the capital
- Matera — the town of "Sassi" (UNESCO World Heritage), declared European Capital of Culture for 2019 
- Maratea — known as "the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian" and "the town with 44 churches"
- Metaponto — important greek remains
- Melfi — main centre of the Vulture area with its Norman castle
- Grottole — lovely little village full of history, local traditions and culture
- Policoro — seaside destination on the Ionian sea
- Venosa — archaeological area and birthplace of Horatius
- Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea - a picturesque medieval town hosting two museums of international fame
- Rotonda - one of the biggest towns on the territory of the Pollino National Park
- Pollino National Park — the biggest of Italy (UNESCO World Heritage)
- Monte Vulture — an extinct volcano surrounded by a pleasant landscape
- Dolomiti Lucane — craggy peaks near the beautiful villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa
- The ghost town of Craco — fascinating set of numerous films such The Passion of the Christ
- Pisticci — characteristic place with an amazing view
The only existent autostrada is the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria, that links the capital Potenza to Campania and Naples (to the west) and Calabria (to the south).
If you arrive from Rome, Naples or the Adriatic coast you can reach the northern area of the region thanks to autostrada A16 Napoli-Canosa, which passes near the town of Melfi.
This territory is one of the most inaccessible of the country. Freeways are few and they are often under long works of mainteinance.
Despite this exploring this wonderful region by car is probably the best option, since you'll have the possibility of discover its hidden beauties in total liberty.
There are no airports in the region. The best choices are the Naples International Airport in Campania and the Bari International Airport in Apulia, both served by the major airline companies.
It is possibile to reach Potenza from Rome in about 5 hours with one change at Salerno station, using the trains of the national operator.
It is better to avoid the trains of Ferrovie Appulo Lucane, a regional operator that provides links to Bari, due to the low efficiency of the service.
- Take part in the Marriage of the Trees Festival in different towns throughout the region .
- Fragola Cadonga — a variety of strawberry cultivated in the Metaponto plain 
- Gnummareddi — sheep or goat's offals rolled in bowel
- Pane di Matera (Matera Bread) — a typical bread prepared with durum wheat flour
- Peperone di Senise (Senise red pepper)
- Sanguinaccio dolce — a creamy pudding made with dark chocolate
- Soppressata — a cured dry sausage typical of the whole Southern Italy
A longer list of the tradictional dishes of Basilicata can be found here (italian) 
- Aglianico del Vulture — a world famous red wine produced in the northern part of the region 
- Amaro Lucano — an herbal liqueur usually used in Apéritif and digestif