Basilicata is a lightly populated, mountainous region with ties to Magna Grecia dating as far back as the 7th century BC. The Romans, Saracens, Byzantines, Normans, and others followed the ancient Greeks but, it is the Byzantine name that prevails (basilikos : imperial).

Located in the instep of the Italian boot, Basilicata is bordered to the north and east by Puglia, to the south by the Ionian Sea and Calabria, and to the west by Campania.

Basilicata appeals to the rustic and nature-loving interests in travelers. The southern end of the Apennine mountain range dominates the whole of Basilicata.

Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Basilicata hill town with dwellings from the Paleolithic Era. Matera has proved an ideal setting for filming when trying to capture the character of the ancient world (The Passion of the Christ, 2004, and The Nativity Story, 2006).

Basilicata shares coastline with both the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea from a unique position atop the instep of the Italian “boot”. The village of Maratea is located on Basilicata’s Tyrrhenian coast, midway along the graceful arc of the Golfo di Policastro. Scuola del Gusto, a font of culinary excellence, provides dining experiences that reflect a creative blend of local produce and fruta di mare (fruit of the sea).

Owing to a long and rich history, Maratea has more than forty churches showcasing the piety and grandeur of Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Maratea is actually a cluster of smaller enclaves: Marina di Maratea, Porto di Maratea, Maratea Santavenere, Maratea Centro Storico and other equally delightful niches.

To immerse in the timeless, natural character of Maratea, visitors can stay in Maratea Borgo, Maratea’s Old Town, in a hotel dating to the 8th C.  However, don’t go looking for a movie; there are no cinemas.