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About Basilicata

Basilicata's tragically priceless position on the ancient Roman road, directly between Rome and its Byzantine empire, meant a forest of fortresses were built into the region's hillsides and cliffs. These were invaded and plundered repeatedly until the unification of Italy in 1861, when Basilicata became a bit politically irrelevant, and this region of dark forests and high mountains became a place where superstition flourished. If you're interested in the region's rich history, some of the best places to stay in Basilicata are Melfi, Venosa and Matera. This is where you'll find some of the most significant of Basilicata's Byzantian, Norman and Roman relics on display.

In the north of the region wheat, olives and grapes are grown on gentle hills, and this rural area is a great choice for foodies with its wealth of local ingredients.

Basilicata's mountains, the Lucanian Apennines, are familiar to hikers. Both for their challenging peaks and dense wooded valleys. If you're here to hike, some of the best places to stay in Basilicata are Pollino, Sila and Aspromonte.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Basilicata range from high-end, celebrity-owned hideaways to architecturally stunning spots built into the cliffsides.

What Not To Miss

  • Be sure to spend an afternoon wandering around the gorgeous Sassi di Matera caves. With wonderful views, a film museum showcasing the history of the area and underground churches, it's a great spot to spend a few hours.
  • The Il Mirto Solarium Bar is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Swim in the crystal clear water, sunbathe on the long sandy beach and take in the lovely surrounding scenery.
  • Volo dell'Angelo is an absolute must for adrenaline junkies! Hike up to the top before flying head first on a zip line between the mountains - a thrilling experience with jaw-dropping views.
  • Try the wide range of wines on offer at Cantine del Notaio and learn all about the estate's viticultural process. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer any question you may have.

Matera

Matera is the best place to stay in Basilicata if you want to be near the region's star attraction. Matera itself is the attraction: a town so well built into the ravine that it looks organically formed. The town's cave-dwellings, called Sassi, are in, and below, the centre. The earliest Sassi were built by Byzantine and Benedictine monks for security, but their obvious success meant that farmers and other locals began fashioning them as homes as well. In 1993 the city, and its surrounding grotto towns, was declared a World Heritage Site. And, in 2003 this is where Mel Gibson filmed 'The Passion of the Christ'.

  • L'Hotel In Pietra, set in a wonderfully historic 13th century monastery, boasts enormous cavernous rooms with stone walls, great views and plenty of charm. An unforgettable stay and, with rooms starting from just £67, it's all at very decent value.
  • The Palazzo Gattini is an elegant five star spa hotel with 20 comfortable, contemporary rooms, a rooftop pool and terrace and an excellent restaurant serving local specialities. Historic, chic and romantic.
  • The Locanda di San Martino is a gorgeous hotel with 32 large rooms, with charming original features and beautiful antiques. There’s an indoor pool and excellent spa and Turkish baths. And of course splendid views.
  • Le Grotte della Civita is one of the best places to stay in Basilicata if you're looking for a really unusual place to lay your head. Built into the sheer rock face, the hotel's 12 rooms and six suites lie in vaulted caves - so you sleep surrounded by lovely pale sandstone. If it sounds chilly don't worry, there are log fires and generous standalone bathtubs to keep you feeling cozy. And the views from the rock face balconies are fantastic.
  • Sextanio Le Grotte Della Civita dates back to the prehistoric period and is in itself a UNESCO world heritage site! Carved into the hills, it offers incredibly romantic and cosy candlelit accommodation complete with statement baths. With rustic cuisine served up and superb views, it's a fantastic escape.

Maratea

Maratea is Basilicata's main coastal resort, and one of the best places to stay in Basilicata as far as tourist infrastructure is concerned. The medieval village of the old town is a charming contrast to the up-and-coming harbour. Indeed, many Italian holidaymakers have been won over. Coming in on the coastal road - which is even more narrow and winding than the Amalfi Coast Road - you can see the many hidden harbours and perfect sandy coves.

Basilicata's other coast, on the Ionian Sea, is a better choice for those looking for ancient sites. Metaponto and Policoro, once parts of Magna Graecia, are on this coast.

  • Villa Cheta is set in a picturesque rose and cream stuccoed 19th century villa with glorious vistas of the Mediterranean. This art nouveau spot offers charming traditional accommodation and lovely gardens, whilst you can also enjoy lovely meals out on the terrace.
  • Santavenere Hotel is a 5* spot right by the sea, boasting its own private beach area. You'll adore their classically elegant rooms and if you don't fancy swimming in saltwater then there's an indoor and outdoor pool to choose from. Gourmet cuisine served up. A truly first-rate stay.
  • La Locanda Delle Donne Monache, set in a converted 18th century convent, is a wonderfully charming spot. Perched atop a mountain with glorious views of the area, it offers contemporary yet unfussy accommodation, tranquil gardens and an outdoor pool. Enjoy terrific meals from the Il Sacello restaurant.

For A Hideaway

  • Hotel Torre Fiore is a lovely boutique property set in a 16th century fort with rural surroundings. Featuring chic contemporary accommodation including large suites, there's a lovely infinity pool to relax by and a spoiling spa. What's more, you can even treat yourself to an in room massage if you want to feel completely rejuvenated.
  • Palazzo Margherita is a truly fantastic spot located in the sleepy town of Bernalda. Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, it boasts a lovely range of suites with frescoes and large beds, as well as having a picturesque leafy courtyard in which to enjoy a good book. Scrummy locally sourced cuisine served up.

Travel Information

  • Basilicata's obviously nicest in the summer months, with the average daily temperature rising to 23°C in July and August. Therefore, this is the nicest time of year to visit, though be warned that as it's peak season accommodation will be on the pricier side of things.
  • There are no airports in the region, however visitors can fly into either Naples International Airport or Bari Airport. From the airports, take the bus into the centre of town and then the train on to your final destination in Basilicata.
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            Best Hotels in Basilicata

            • The Orangery Retreat 2 rooms from £110

              Tursi, Basilicata

              Situated in off the beaten track Tursi, The Orangery Retreat boasts two separate apartments which have been renovated to provide an intimate stay. Both offer original features galore, accompanied by indulgent bathrooms and charming patios for whiling away the evenings. Rural bliss!

              Cooking classes  -  Owner Martine operates cookery experiences, where you shop, cook, eat and immerse yourself in South Italian culture
              Great walks  -  There are great walks in the nearby wooded Parco Pollino
              Full of character
              Traditional
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            • Hotel Torre Fiore 13 rooms from £140

              Pisticci, Basilicata

              Delicious boutique hotel in the Bascilicata region of southern Italy. The Ionian sea can be glimpsed in the far distance. Family owned this 16th century fort has been lovingly restored and given a chic, contemporary makeover. Infinity pool, mouth-watering cuisine: the perfect romantic break.

              Suites  -  Each room is unique, favourites include Suite 13 with two terraces and views over the valley and piazza
              Restaurant  -  Menus change daily, if you can't make up your mind try the tasting menu
              Sights nearby  -  There are many interesting villages and towns in the vicinity to discover.
              Sailing  -  On the coast
              Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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            • Santavenere Hotel 34 rooms from £150

              Maratea

              Iconic 5* resort set in stunning gardens overlooking the Med. Rooms are classic and elegant, often with private balcony or terrace. Extensive wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach and beautiful outdoor fine dining with views out to sea. Top notch luxury in unspoilt Maratea.

              Fishing  -  night fishing trips on offer
              Kayaking  -  available at private beach
              Diving  -  Diving trips on offer
              Sights nearby  -  Trips to Dino Island
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            • Palazzo Margherita 9 rooms from £430

              Bernalda (Basilicata)

              Francis Ford Coppola's fifth hotel in the sleepy town of Bernalda. This rococo chic 19th century frescoed Palazzo has been given a magical makeover. Secluded courtyard, vine covered pergolas, lavender and rosemary beds, pool and private cinema complete the picture.

              Suites  -  Suite 4 designed by Sofia Coppola is one of the favourites with pastel shaded frescos and private terrace
              Bar  -  The Cinecitta bar serves wood-fired pizza on the terrace overlooking the picturesque town square
              Restaurant  -  Dine in the kitchen or courtyard, simple yet exquisite locally sourced menus
              Garden  -  Large walled garden
              Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
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            • Villa Cheta 23 rooms from £100

              Maratea (Acquafredda)

              Rose & cream washed stuccoed 19th century villa tucked into the hillside overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. Charming and genteel, this art nouveau hotel has old-fashioned values and style. Pretty tiered gardens, a profusion of flowers, spill down to the pebbled beach. Unhurried and tranquil

              Town  -  Maratea has a beautiful historical centre and 44 churches, and the local port of Acquafredda is lively with bars and boutiques
              On the beach  -  The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to the sandy Anginarra beach or stroll down to the hotel's pebbly beach
              Other Activities  -  There are plenty of activities close by such as tennis, riding, sailing, diving, hiking and paraglidiing
              Restaurant  -  Recommended.
              Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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            • La Locanda delle Donne Monache 27 rooms from £132

              Maratea

              Charming hotel in a converted convent, built in 1735, tucked away in the mediaeval town of Maratea on the Basilicata coast. Wonderful mountain and rooftop views. Contemporary, quiet rooms in soft shade. Pretty gardens and pool. Gourmet cuisine. Close to the beach. A perfect all round hotel.

              Suites  -  Four types of well-appointed rooms from Classic to Suites with original features and some with terraces
              Restaurant  -  The restaurant Il Sacello overlooks the gardens and swimming pool, and offers gourmet regional cuisine
              Beach nearby  -  The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to Maratea's beach ten minutes drive away
              Bar  -  The Bar L'Alambicco serves cocktails and delicious light snacks
              Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller
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            • Le Grotte della Civita 18 rooms from £175

              Matera

              A cave hotel with medieval romance in a magnificent hilltop setting. Very unusual rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, sandstone walls, and standalone bathtubs with burning log fires. Delicious food, cooking lessons, and spectacular views. Definite wow factor for honeymooners or romantic breaks.

              Unusual  -  Constructed caves.
              Romantic  -  Good for couples.
              Romantic Break
              Honeymoons
              Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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            • L'Hotel in Pietra 8 rooms from £101

              Matera

              A monasterial boutique hotel with enormous rooms in Matera. Cavernous bedrooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, mezzanine levels, and stunning views over the town. Unusual and great value.

              Value chic
              Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
              Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
              Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
              Recommended by  -  I Escape
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