Beaches, Experience, Hightlight

Metaponto Beach

Metaponto, between a crystalline sea and
the splendor of the Magna Graecia

BEACHES

The Ionian coast of the Basilicata region, about 35 km long, is undoubtedly famous for its vast fine, golden sand beaches that overlook a clean turquoise sea. In particular, the beach in Metaponto, lapped by a crystalline sea and equipped with various bathing establishments, is a beach with a shallow and gently sloping bottom, making t suitable for families with children. Completing what Metaponto offers its visitors is its fun Aquatic park for all ages.

The Pancratium Maritimum or “sand lily” still continues to prosper here today. This flower gives the beach a sweet and, at the same time, wild look while, not very far away, the pine groves and eucalyptus fill the air with their scents, which blend together with those of the sea. After a morning on the soft sand beach in Metaponto, the day ends in the best way possible: an afternoon in the Archaeological Park admiring the splendor of the Magna Graecia.

Experience, Hightlight, Popular traditions

Rites and legends

Rites and legends

POPULAR TRADITIONS

Through some of the most suggestive rites and legends of the Basilicata region, Borgo San Gaetano brings you towards discovering the true soul of the Lucania territory. Local events follow rituals dictated by the calendar, revealing aspects and peculiarities that can only be found in this land of charm and memories. You are invited to be protagonists of celebrations and ancestral feasts, experiencing stories passed down from generation to generation.

The night of the Cucibocca of Montescaglioso - January 5th

The mysterious protagonists of this rite circulate among the alleyways of the town center wearing dark cloaks, old hats, and a fake hemp beards. They carry a big needle with which they threaten to sew the mouths ("cuci bocca") of the children who approach them intrigued. This mysterious rite is repeated every year at the end of the Christmas festivities and is a sort of initiation for children towards helping them win over their fears.

Maggio festival in Accettura - April 23rd to June 18th

After a long preparation, the highest, biggest, and straightest turkey oak - called the “Maggio” - from the Montepiano woods is chosen, and a week later the top of a holly tree called the “Cima” from another forest. The Maggio is cut down first and, after 8 days, it begins its journey. The Cima is then cut, and at the end, the parts of these two different trees are joined together, or “married” in the heart of Accettura, where they are then raised and climbed up by teams of men called the "Maggiaioli”.

The parade of the Turks in Potenza - May 29th to 30th

The role players of the historical parade, in period costumes, bring back to life from time immemorial the legendary event dating back to 1111, when a miracle by St. Gerard allowed the inhabitants of Potenza to repel the attack of the Turks.

The Feast of the Madonna della Bruna in Matera - July 2nd

This feast, in honor of the protector of the city of Matera, takes place in a rather suggestive manner. During the procession, the spirit of the people is exalted in mass jubilation and the cart that accompanies the statue of the Madonna, created by artisans over many months, is assaulted and destroyed.

"The dream of a night... in that town!" - Colobraro - August

In a superstitious rather than a derogatory manner, Colobraro is called “that town”. This is presumably due to the fact that the word "Colobraro" is considered unmentionable because of the superstitious belief that even by just merely enunciating the name brings misfortune. Based on these beliefs, "The dream of a night... in that town" event was created. A theatralized itinerary held among the streets and characteristic squares of the town center that dominates the Sinni valley, where anthropology marries theater, magic, and food and wine, tying itself to the charm of a unique landscape.

Live Nativity scene in the Sassi of Matera - between Christmas and the Epiphany

Among the splendid scenery of the Sassi, the live Nativity scene of Matera allows you to become an integral part of the itinerary. In fact, every visitor has the opportunity to become a “visiting-actor” and become one of the role players.

San Bernardino Patron Saint’s Day - August 7th-27th

One of the most exciting feasts of the Basilicata region is the Patron Saint’s Day of Bernalda. United by the devotion to the patron saint, the devotees begin festivities among religious observances, historical reenactments, and entertainment.
For detailed information on the program:
www.festadisanbernardino.it

The world of Frederick II in Lagopesole - all year round

The castle of Lagopesole, a place that calls to mind Frederick II par excellence, welcomes visitors and leads them into the world of this Emperor. The narrative museum, through modern technologies and innovative languages combined with historical research, aims at reviving the legend of the Stupor Mundi - the “Marvel of the World”, used to describe Fredrick II.

Experience, Hightlight, Places to see

Matera

Matera, City of Stones

PLACES TO SEE

There is a place where you can walk through a complex and fascinating urban ecosystem of cave dwellings carved into stone. The suggestive city of Matera, better known as the Città dei Sassi - City of Stones - or also the “Underground City”, is famous all over the world for its archaic structures that constitute one of the oldest existing inhabited centers, as well as the first site in southern Italy to be included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

However, Matera is also included in the best international guides as a cultural destination, especially after it became popular because of several successful film productions. Numerous events and periodic exhibitions, in addition to itineraries that evoke the life of past times within the Sassi, represent constant attractions in a suggestive scenario that has given the capital city of the Basilicata region the title of European Capital of Culture 2019.

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