The only region in Italy two names - Basilicata, however, is the officially recognized one - is a land where the history of nature and man have left important traces from the time when the land emerged from the sea.
Formerly known as Lucania, from "Lucus" Latin because forested land or because Liky populated by ancient people coming from, or because the land reached by a warlike people who followed the light of the sun, formerly "luc" was called Basilicata for the first time in a document dating from 1175, resulting probably from the name "Basiliskos" Byzantine administrator.
Basilicata, where people still prefer to be referred as Lucani rather than Basilisks or Basilicatesi, was for many years a land which seemed to concentrate all the great problems of southern Italy. Washed by two seas, the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the southeast to the southwest, in mountainous with peaks over 2000 m, east hilly and flat for a short distance to the southeast, the Basilicata offers travelers offering the charm the discovery of its natural beauty, prehistory and history, traditions that in some areas have retained ancestral memories of the origins of man, of a simple and authentic cuisine from the marked Mediterranean character.
Basilicata knows how to be loved by everyone who visits driven by desire for curiosity, by anyone in mind the desire to rediscover the charm of traveling along the roads from the ridges of mountains or hills overlooking breathtaking landscapes and unusual, or to reach the city rich in history, seaside resorts with pristine beaches amplissime of fine golden sand where the Greeks landed in the eighth century. BC. Basilicata is a land of contrasts and strong harmonies jealous guardian of his own identity, has preserved all the typical features of rural life, and by contrast, soar here postmodern buildings or bridges that defy the laws of gravity as a power.
Meta is still not frequented by traditional tourism, is rather cozy and full of attractions: the health spas of Rapolla, Terme di Ala and Latronico, Spa The Hot; nature in the Pollino National Park, in the Regional Natural Park of Gallipoli Cognato and Dolomiti Lucane and Natural Archaeological Park of the Murgia and rock churches of Matera history museums in Potenza, Matera, Melfi, Venosa, Metaponto, Policoro, Castel Lagopesole Irsina, culture and tradition with the folk festivals and major exhibitions Sculpture in Matera and Maratea, gastronomy in the numerous family restaurants cutting edge of cuisine and hospitality Lucan bathing in the clear waters of Maratea and Metaponto, Pisticci, Scanzano Jonico, Policoro, Rotondella and Nova Siri. Travel in Basilicata still the charm of adventure, discovery of a past rich with evidence of contact with a generous nature and amazing, but also very hospitable people ready to help whenever you need it.