For those seeking a holiday a little more off the beaten track, Basilicata is definitely a region to consider. Located in Italy’s south, Basilicata covers a large area with two stretches of coastline; one bordering the Ionian Sea and the other on the western Tyrrhenian coastline. This region is sparsely populated and is still not a major tourist destination...this all adds to its charm.
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Basilicata is also a region full of local speciality dishes and ingredients, with fish featuring high on the menu in the coastal areas. Ten different kinds of fresh pasta are made in the region: the most well-known being the hand-made ‘Orecchiette’ meaning ‘little ears’ which usually accompanies vegetable dishes. ‘Tapparelle’ is a larger pasta meaning ‘big ears’ . When in Matera, try ‘Miscuglio’, a traditional pasta served with local ‘cacioricotta’ cheese and peppers. Another speciality is the walnut desserts served with local cream liqueur.
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Things to do:
Take a guided tour of the town Matera the back drop to where the movie The Passion of the Christ was filmed.
See the Sassi houses of Matera unique in itself by being dug into the rock.