From their earliest days, the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies has always had the well-being of the peoples of southern Italy and Sicily in their hearts. The House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies ruled Southern Italy from 1734 to 1860. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the largest sovereign state on the Italian peninsula, by both population and size,...

A walk to discover the most beautiful towns in Basilicata between history, food and tradition. Basilicata is one of the most mysterious inland regions of Italy and on its Apennines, halfway between its largest provinces, Potenza and Matera, hides a world made of villages and small municipalities with a century-old history. From the Ionian to the Ty...

Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is, in the words of Unesco, which inscribed it in its World Heritage list in 1993, “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.” The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera contains a...

FOR THE FIRST time in 40 years, Vincenzo Labbate will not be playing the clarinet with his orchestra companions on Pentecost Sunday. As he walks through the streets of Accettura, his hometown, he notes how unusually quiet it is this year. “There’s a melancholic atmosphere these days. Normally, you could breathe excitement in the air,” Labbate says....

Dear Members and Friends, on May 22nd Italy and Italians worldwide will celebrate Lucania Day.  The Basilicata Regional Council has arranged for a free showing of the documentary entitled "Matera Plovdiv, the straight path of culture 2019".  The work, directed by Isabella Trovato, virtually unites the two European capitals of culture 2019 through a...

Maratea has a small, enchanting port where to see the most beautiful summer sunsets, but it also has many beautiful beaches, all characterized by a crystal clear sea, and spectacular backdrops, which in addition to being a paradise for snorkelers, have often brought to light historical finds of Greco-Roman age. The coast of Basilicata is varied, a...

If we’ve proved anything during this current world situation it’s that humankind is adaptable. Over the last few weeks a large percentage of the planet has been on lockdown, with bars, restaurants and museums all over the world closed. But has it made us cease all socialising? Quite the opposite. As your calendar full of virtual drinks, dinners, ex...

With its history-rich past, South Italy is famous all over the world for its many archaeological sites. What perhaps not everyone knows is that in Basilicata you can also visit much older sites, with very interesting findings dating back to the Lower Paleolithic, the era in which homo erectus lived and hunted in the region, approximately 850.000 ye...

A native of Toronto, Joseph Yanuziello is the master craftsman behind some of the world’s most sought-after guitars. In the boutique guitar marketplace, where instruments routinely command $5,000 or more, Joseph Yanuziello’s instruments have become so popular you might think his company’s motto is “sold out.” As fast as he can build his stunning in...

When asking a friend what time you should meet for lunch, she may say ‘a mezzogiorno’ – at midday, at noon, or at 12pm.  However, when Italians use the word ‘il Mezzogiorno’, they are not always be talking about lunchtime. Instead they could be referring to the southern area of Italy, including the regions Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilic...