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Basilicata Holidays

Basilicata is a region that’s stayed relatively unexplored compared to Italy’s big-name destinations. Down in southern Italy, sharing a border with Puglia, this rural, agricultural region is characterised by rolling mountain landscapes crowned with historic hilltop towns.

The region is a fascinating place to explore for visitors interested in off-the-beaten-track Italy, with beautiful scenery to hike and a patchwork of sights for history buffs to seek out.

Former capital Matera is a must-see; it’s best known for a village-like sprawl of sassi, neighbourhoods of pre-historic stone houses believed to have been home to Italy’s first settlers around 9,000 years ago. These cave dwellings have experienced some modernisation in recent years, which has seen the sassi districts develop into small communities filled with shops, hotels and restaurants. Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2003, they’re certainly some of the most unique places to stay in the country. 
Destinations in Basilicata
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Matera
Holidays to Matera, situated in the southern region of Basilicata, transport you back to ancient times.
Handpicked Hotels in Basilicata
Discover the real Basilicata while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Things to do in Basilicata

Flight Information

Flights to Basilicata arrive into Bari (BRI) from London Gatwick and London Stansted or Brindisi (BDS) from London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 3 hours. Please call our Italy Experts in order to book flights to Brindisi.

When to go

Situated in southern Italy, Basilicata has a typically Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The region enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year, making May to September a popular time to visit, when temperatures often peak at 30 degrees. However, the cooler shoulder seasons are ideal if you’re planning on hiking, cycling and other active pursuits. 

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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