Basilicata

Discover the region

Basilicata

The numbers

A thousand-year history

1 °

Vein in continental Europe

In Val d'Agri there is an important oil and hydrocarbons field

2016

Senise pepper becomes IGP

The typical sweet and dry pepper that grows on the slopes of Mount Pollino

VIII sec b.C.

Aglianico del Vulture production

Among the best DOC wines of Italy with a history of thousands of years

90 %

Of territory is mountainous or hilly

A territory that gives unique flavours to the agri-food sector

10 %

Agricultural sector employees

The highest percentage of Italy after Calabria

2019

Culture European capital

Matera has been the Culture European capital in 2019

2

Neighborhoods of Matera

The Sassi di Matera are two neighborhoods formed by buildings carved into the rock

25 %

Podolica breed specimens

Cattle breed from which the renowned caciocavallo podolico cheese is produced

The territory

A limestone landscape: at certain moments it seems to cut in a moonshape more than to arrive

The region

Formerly called Lucania, from the Latin "lucus", land of woods, Basilicata covered by green mountains is divided into 131 municipalities in the provinces of Potenza and Matera and is dotted with small and charming villages up to 1000 m above sea level.

The capital

Known for its particular urban structure, Potenza is called the "vertical city". With its 819 meters above sea level, it is the regional capital located at the highest altitude in Italy.

The economy

Despite its unfavourable geographical position, Basilicata in recent years has been able to renew its offer and its economic sectors thanks to tourism and communication oriented to typical products.

Main industries

In the handicraft the working of copper and iron is relevant, as well as a typical agricultural and food sector such as that of pasta factories and pastry shops. The industry is extremely diversified and in recent years has developed, in addition to tourism, a network of innovative start-ups operating in various industries such as sustainable mobility and telemedicine.

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