Marinagri Hotel & SPA, located on the coast of the Ionian Sea, is the starting point for discovering and enjoying a land full of charm and traditions.
A region, two seas, so many experiences to live, thousand of treasures to discover. A holiday in Basilicata will be incredibly new and unexpected: it is sea with its beautiful untouched beaches; it is mountain with its impressive dolomites, towering into the sky; it is art with the archaeological parks of the Ionian coast and the cave churches of Matera’s Murgia; it is history, with the Sassi of Matera and the impressive Frederick’s Castle in Melfi; it is untouched nature with the Pollino National Park and many protected areas; it is wellness with the Rapolla and Latronico Baths; it is adventure with the Angel Flight around Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa; it is faith with its several churches on hilltops; it is culture as birthplace of the famous poet Horace in Venosa and where Carlo Levi lived his exile in Aliano; it is love for good food, wine, olive oil and a lot of excellent dishes.
What to see
Matera, the town of Sassi, became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its many cave churches and was designated as European Capital of Culture 2019. Third classified in the “oldest cities in the world” list, was built 10,000 years ago about. An archaic architecture that made Matera a monumental city, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world.
And more, within a few kilometers: WWF Oasis Herakleia (Policoro), National Archaeological Museum of Siris (Policoro), the Pollino National Park and Angel Flight Sport (Pietrapertosa), La Grancia (Brindisi di Montagna) Palatine Tables and the National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto.
What to do
In Basilicata there are many wonderful places to explore, horseback, by bike or simply on foot, walking through one of many mountain routes. The Water is an essential natural element you find everywhere: creeks and streams running down the mountains, lakes surrounded by lush vegetation, and thousand shades of blue in the sea. A lot of sea activities are allowed, such as rafting or canyoning, canoeing or sailing, scuba diving and sport fishing.
What to eat
The most used local product is the hand-made durum wheat pasta, produced by craft tools, keeping up the old traditions; in the very tasty sauces is always used a spicy pepper, called “diavolicchio”. Famous local dishes are the “panelle” large loaves of bread made with flour and boiled potatoes, and the “pancotto”, toasted slices of bread, softened in sauce and enriched with eggs. By tradition, the locals eat lamb dishes, as “cazmarr”, offal meatloaf (the ”gnumaredd”) and “cutturiddi”, such a stew. Also appreciated the lamb’s head, baked with oregano and pecorino cheese and the “lucanica”, a lean pork sausage. Vegetables, combined with spicy pepper, are used to prepare the “calzone”, “ciammotta” (fried potatoes, peppers and eggplant topped with tomato), “cialledda”, with beans, potatoes and artichokes, and the “lampagioni salad”. A delicious vegetarian dish is “piatto d’erbe alla lucana”, consisting of onions, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil and parsley, all seasoned with olive oil.