Photo Essay: Snapshots of Basilicata

by Brenna Holeman

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Enjoying the view from Porto degli Argonauti

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Learning to cook at Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda

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The beautiful Corte San Pietro hotel in Matera

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Flying over Italy with the Flight of the Angel zipwire

The region of Basilicata, Italy 

When I was invited to travel around the region of Basilicata by Discover Basilicata, my first thought was, “Where’s Basilicata?” Even upon arriving at the airport in Bari, only a two-hour flight from London, I didn’t really know where I was or what to expect.

And while I’d visited Italy three times before, and seen most of the major cities, I didn’t expect to feel so immediately comfortable in the region, or to like it so much. Each day, action-packed with cooking lessons and sailing and zip-lining and festival-going and eating and drinking (and eating and drinking some more), made me fall more and more in love with the region and its people. With barely any tourists, oodles of things to do, incredibly welcoming people, delicious food, beautiful countryside, and surrounded by seas, Basilicata completely floored me.

These are just a few photos from my time spent there; they’re all from Instagram. More photos, and many more stories, to come. Basilicata deserves them.

Have you ever heard of Basilicata? Do you prefer to travel around cities or the countryside? 


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Ashley @ Ashley Wanders June 22, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Lovely photos. All the food looks delicious!

Brenna Holeman June 22, 2014 - 11:33 pm

It really was… and not what I expected when I thought of Italian food!

Grace June 22, 2014 - 8:45 pm

I think to get a real feel for the place you are in you must venture off the beaten track to see how the culture really is in a less “touristy” part of the country. From my China trip we wanted to visit a town called Zhangjiajie but it was an endless number of train rides to reach it. It was my favourite town I have visited in all my travels so far and I’m so glad we persevered and got there in the end!!

Brenna Holeman June 22, 2014 - 11:35 pm

I’ve never heard of that town… but I’m sure I would enjoy it, too! I really need to explore more of China, I’ve only been to Beijing. I love visiting towns and the countryside – you’re right, you get a good feel of the culture that way.

Zalie June 22, 2014 - 9:13 pm

These pictures are so amazing! It looks like such a magical place 🙂

Brenna Holeman June 22, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Thank you, Zalie! I really think that you and Tom should go… or maybe we should go together?

Zalie Holeman June 29, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Yes to sister and sister ( and Mr. Mole too)! 😉

Nikita June 22, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I’ve never heard of Basilicata… But you made me really want to go! Your photos are gorgeous.

Brenna Holeman June 22, 2014 - 11:30 pm

That’s great, thank you so much! I really recommend it, I can’t wait to see more of the region.

rebecca June 23, 2014 - 12:16 am

viewing your beautiful snapshots whilst behind a desk in winter…. painful!

Brenna Holeman June 23, 2014 - 1:25 am

I’m… sorry?!? 🙂

Camille June 23, 2014 - 7:01 pm

I’d never heard of Basilicata before either. The great thing about Europe is that you can enjoy the country, yet still not be far from the cities.

Brenna Holeman June 23, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Yes, travelling around Europe is so great for that!

Jen June 24, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Oh my god this place is real.

Brenna Holeman June 25, 2014 - 9:27 am

It is… and it’s amazing!

Brea June 25, 2014 - 12:00 pm

It looks like I was there around the same time as you were! Really is a magical place, isn’t it? I had the best pizza at a little cafe in Matera, and some of the best food I had in all of italy came from this region.

Brenna Holeman June 25, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Oh wow, cool! I would love to go back to Matera, it is indeed so magical…

Mette June 26, 2014 - 7:55 am

Wow, it looks amazing. I just returned from Venice yesterday.

What camera do you use for these pictures? Just the one on your phone?

Brenna Holeman June 26, 2014 - 4:49 pm

I’d love to go back to Venice! I just used my iPhone for these photos, and put filters on them in Instagram.

Stacey July 9, 2014 - 7:07 am

Great shots! I really love the cow – why was he decorated that way?

Brenna Holeman July 9, 2014 - 2:23 pm

All of the animals were part of the Festival of the Marriage of the Trees, so I assume his “attire” is part of the festival’s tradition!

Murray July 28, 2014 - 7:51 am

Basilicata is awesome, we’ve made two great motorcycle trips to the region.

Keep the stories coming Brenna

Brenna Holeman July 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Thanks Murray, I imagine a motorcycle trip through Italy would be amazing!

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beautiful! Matera and sleeping in a gorgeous Cave were one of the highlights for me in Italy


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