In the province of Matera lies one of the most interesting villages in the whole of Basilicata: it is Tricarico, a small town located at an altitude of 698 m. above sea level, set in the most typical hilly scenery of Basilicata. History, art and traditions make Tricarico a must-visit village, also in light of its beautiful historic center, among th...

Rome is the first destination that comes to mind when we think of Italy because it is one of the most famous cities in the world, along with Paris and London. Hidden gems are the lesser-known routes in Italy, including the secret small towns, beautiful villages, and islands that are yet to be discovered by tourists that explore the country every ye...

Italy is a country known for its history, arts and incredibly beautiful landscapes. For most people this country has been associated with the most famous tourist cities, Florence, Rome and Milan. But Italy has many hidden treasures. For example, did you know about Matera and its ancient stone city where people live in 9000 year old houses? The sout...

In Basilicata, southern Italy, visitors might take a detour to visit a unique medieval ghost town that has been abandoned for 40 years. The uninhabited city is called Craco and belongs to the province of Matera. Craco is located 25 miles from the Gulf of Taranto and was constructed at the top of a 1,300-foot-high cliff that overlooks the Cavone Riv...

Ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau open up around a hollow, the Gravina di Matera, traversed by a torrent that flows in this spectacular and unique city in the Region of Basilicata. Roofs by turns become the foundations for new habitations on the levels overhead. A dense lattice of narrow streets and alleyways fill up wi...

There is a big heart that has been celebrating Italy, Christmas, children and the musical traditions of our country for almost twenty years in New York. It does so with commitment, courage, talent, and an infinite love and pride for its Italian roots. It is the heart of Cristina Fontanelli, artist, singer, producer, who every year in December organ...

The historical city of Matera should feature prominently on your southern Italy travel itinerary. With caves transformed into chic accommodations, fun restaurants and bars built into rocky outcrops, and a history like no other, there are numerous reasons to visit Matera. Nick and I recently spent 5 days exploring the narrow alleyways, dining on the...

Pietrapertosa is a small village in the Potenza province of Basilicata, with 1,200 residents. It is beautifully located in the Dolomiti Lucane, a mountain range that shares name and beauty with its more famous cousins, up North. Its name comes from the imponent rocky peak that welcomes everyone visiting the village: nature made a hole in it that pa...

Caciocavallo Silano DOP is without doubt one of the oldest and most typical spun curd cheeses of southern Italy. It was mentioned by Hippocrates in 500 B.C. when describing the art used by the Greeks when preparing “Cacio” (cheese). This dairy tradition, which originated in the Sila Plateau, gradually expanded along the Apennine ridge in southern I...

Did you know that Basilicata is the second least visited region in Italy? Not only this, but my adventure to Basilicata even avoided the most popular tourist spots in one of the least visited regions of Italy. The idea of the Viaggio Italiano trip is to discover nine remote villages — known as the Borghi Italiani — across the region of Basilicata a...