Tomorrow I am off to Basilicata, Italy, a region I have yet to visit located in the central portion of the ‘boot’. I will be joined by four other travel bloggers as we document Basilicata through local cuisine, historical sites, cultural festivals, and attractions. You can follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under the hashtag #HelloBasilicata and through the live blog on the website of Discover Basilicata.
You can also check out the other bloggers that will be on the trip- each of whom offers something special to the world of travel blogging.
Here is a little sneak peak of what we will be doing over the next few days.
Day One: Matera
We will be starting in Matera, an ancient city and the capital of Basilicata. It is known for its cave dwellings, which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. We will actually have the opportunity to stay in the cave dwellings in one of Matera’s luxury cave hotels.
Day Two: Festival of the Marriage of Trees and Flight of the Angel
The next day we will be joining locals on a 15 km pilgrimage to marry some trees, it is an ancient tradition in Basilicata that involves an actual ceremony, a lot of livestock, and well, a 15 km walk. This is probably what I am most looking forward to! Afterwards, we will take the ‘Flight of the Angel’ a zip-line adventure that clocks in as the world’s fastest at 120 kph.
Day Three: The Ghost Town of Craco and Cooking Lesson at Palazzo Margherita
On the third day we will travel to Craco, a medieval village that was abandoned in the 60’s. This stunning ghost town is now considered one of the world’s spookiest destinations. After some Italian style ghost hunting we will head to the Palazzo Margherita for cooking lessons. The hotel is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather trilogy, and is said to be the jewel in his hotel legacy in honor of his ancestral home.
Day Four: Porto Degli Argonauti and Sailing the Ionian Coast
Our last night and final day in Basilicata will be at the coastal resort of Porto Degli Argonauti, in the town of Pisticci. There we will tour the Ionian Coast and go sailing before heading back to the airport and saying Ciao! to Basilicata.