Southern Exposure – Basilicata Region

The Basilicata region is one of Italy’s least-traveled areas and although the region is one of the poorest in the country, we found it to be quite beautiful.  The region can be thought of as the “instep” of Italy, with Calabria functioning as the “toe” and Pulia the “heel”.   It is quite mountainous, although this does not stop the residents from farming its green slopes.  Corn, potatoes, and wheat are the typical products produced here, but it isn’t uncommon to see wineries or olive trees either.  We drove the width of the Basilicata region, first stopping in Matera to see the sassi cave dwellings and then on to Maratea to see the 5th largest Jesus statue in the world.

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