Theme Week Basilicata – Lauria

30 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Michele Luongo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lauria is a town and comune of the province of Potenza, in Basilicata, southern Italy, situated near the borders of Calabria. It is a walled, medieval town on the steep side of a hill, with another portion of municipal territory in the plain below. It is historically the largest city in the southwestern Lucania region.   read more…

Theme Week Basilicata – Melfi

29 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

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© Maria Belen Ramos/cc-by-sa-4.0

Melfi (Lucano: Mèlfe) is a town and comune in the Vulture area of the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. Geographically, it is midway between Naples and Bari. In 2015 it had a population of 17,768. Melfi is involved in the production of the “Aglianico del Vulture“, recognized as DOC, considered one of the greatest red wines of Italy, and the olive oil “Vulture”. Another renowned product is the “marroncino”, a type of chestnut used for many sweet and salty recipes and is precious for the industries specialized in the preparation of the marron glacé.   read more…

Theme Week Basilicata – Rionero in Vulture

28 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Asia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Rionero in Vulture (Arbëreshë Albanian: Arrionero) is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is located on the slopes of Monte Vulture in the northern part of the region. The village was founded and historically inhabited by the Arbëreshë minority, who no longer retain the language and the cultural Arbëreshe heritage. In Rionero in Vulture, vines are grown for the red wine Aglianico del Vulture.   read more…

Theme Week Basilicata – Bernalda

27 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Francescodiciancia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bernalda (Metapontino: Vernàlle or Bernàlle) is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. The frazione of Metaponto is the site of the ancient city of Metapontum. Until the 15th century, it was called Camarda. It is home to a castle built in the 15th century during the Aragonese rule in the Kingdom of Naples.   read more…

Theme Week Basilicata – Venosa

26 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Piazza Orazio Flacco © Roberto Strafella/cc-by-sa-4.0

Piazza Orazio Flacco © Roberto Strafella/cc-by-sa-4.0

Venosa is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, in the Vulture area. It is bounded by the comuni of Barile, Ginestra, Lavello, Maschito, Montemilone, Palazzo San Gervasio, Rapolla and Spinazzola. It is a member of the I Borghi più belli d’Italia (“The most beautiful villages of Italy”) association.   read more…

Theme Week Basilicata

25 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Sassi di Matera © Superchilum/cc-by-sa-4.0

Sassi di Matera © Superchilum/cc-by-sa-4.0

Basilicata, also known by its ancient name Lucania, is an administrative region in Southern Italy, bordering on Campania to the west, Apulia to the north and east, and Calabria to the south. It has two coastlines: a 30-km stretch on the Tyrrhenian Sea between Campania and Calabria, and a longer coastline along the Gulf of Taranto between Calabria and Apulia. The region can be thought of as the “instep” of Italy, with Calabria functioning as the “toe” and Apulia the “heel”.   read more…

Matera in Southern Italy

12 October 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  11 minutes

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© Tango7174/cc-by-sa-4.0

Matera is a city in the province of Matera in the region of Basilicata, in Southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera and the capital of Basilicata from 1663 to 1806. The town lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina. Known as la Città Sotterranea (“the Underground City”), Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, having been inhabited since the 10th millennium BC. Its historical center “Sassi“, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993. On 17 October 2014, Matera was declared Italian host of European Capital of Culture for 2019 with the Bulgarian town of Plovdiv.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  20 minutes

Theme Weeks (Latest addition: May 2024) In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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