Not many tourists have ever heard about Basilicata, and to be fair the beauties of "Italy's secret garden" remains unknown to many Italians as well. This is a pity, becase there are at least ten good reasons to spend some time in this beautiful region.
The Lonely Planet has chosen Matera, the pearl of the Tyrrhenian, as one of the top 10 cities Best in Travel 2018. Beyond that, in Basilicata it is possible to wander around the "Sassi" districts, the Ionian Coast offers a dive into the past; and for those who enjoy active holidays four natural parks are available. Basilicata also offers an interesing journey through Carlo Levi's literature, as well as flying experiences (in the breathtaking landscape of the Lucanian Dolomites, you will be travelling at very high speeds and heights of up to 400 m, suspended on a 1000 m wire that stretches between two mountain-top towns).
Finally, Basilicata is the world of Frederick II, it is full of mountain villages and 'ghost towns', and it is a must for regional cuisine and red wine.