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BASILICATA – a mystical region touched by two seas

Dec 25th, 2008 | By | Category: Property of the Week

Why not take a trip this year to the sun-drenched region of Basilicata, in the south of Italy!

The region boasts some of the most impressive scenery in southern Italy ……. the spectacular lakes around Venosa, and the historic towns that dot the hillsides are so picturesque that they have been used as film sets by photographers and film directors alike, and the location for Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ”.

The city of Matera, famous for its ancient sassi (stone cliff dwellings), is pure enchantment. The whole region provides a mysterious charm.

Basilicata is a region with two distinctly separate coastlines: one facing the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea to the south-west, and the other facing south-east, the Ionian Sea. High mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the scenery, through wooded vales to the coast where some of Italy’s finest archaeological ruins are found, amongst fine unspoilt sandy beaches

You will be fascinated by the stunning architecture and historical art of the region’s numerous small churches and medieval castles. The outdoor markets of Basilicata offer tourists a great array of unique hand made items. Small family owned restaurants offer some of the finest in southern Italian cuisine perfect for those who have a desire for spicy foods rich in flavours, spicy sausages and fresh caught game are among some of the region’s specialties. Above all,the people of Basilicata are known for their friendliness and hospitality

HOTEL KRISTALL

This lovely modern Hotel with its fine restaurant, situated in the centre of Genzano di Lucania, known as the “valley of the Greeks” where one can admire centuries of history, is the perfect place to stay and enjoy the spoils of the region The hotel offers 20 bedrooms (price details below) and a restaurant which enjoys a spacious terrace, where breakfast can be served whilst taking in the unpolluted and aromatic air. The hotel offers conference/business facilities as well as banquets and wedding ceremonies.

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