The most famous and interesting destination is certainly Matera. This UNESCO World Heritage is characterized by a Paleolithic settlement, called “Sassi” (stones), that increased during the centuries. Thanks to the calcerous rock, people dug their homes and churches into the mountain itself. Taking a walk along the lanes of the Civita, the oldest part of the town, you enter the ancient urban area formed by a dense network of caves, that sheltered families and livestock. This ancient architectural work was built with no design, creating a labyrinth that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. This place is so singular that was chosen by many important directors as a setting of more than thirty movies: from “The Gospel accordind to St. Matthew” directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini to “The Passion” by Mel Gibson.
In the province of Matera also the ghost town of Craco worths a visit.
The long Tyrrhenian coast is world-famous for the richness and beauty of its seabeds. Who prefers sunbathing and relaxation can find counless small beaches washed by cristal-clear waters. An interesting way to enjoy and discover the sea is a boat tour to visit the many caves that form the coastline.
Maratea is a precious pearl nestled in the fascinating Gulf of Policastro, and it is also the location of the giant statue of the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentore) that rises from Mount San Biagio and protects the city.