With miles and miles of dense forests, crystal waters, sandy beaches and
charming towns, it is no wonder that southern Italys Basilicata region
is fast becoming the next Amalfi.
Transformed from an ancient 18th century
convent, the Locanda
delle Donne Monache in Maratea is a boutique hotel with breathtaking
views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. A rooftop pool is a lazy alternative to
beach excursions while the hotel restaurant serves up some of the best
Lucanian specialties in the region. From $185 with breakfast. www.locandamonache.com
The waters at Cala degli Infeschi are exquisitely
blue. This pirates cove can be reached by foot, although we suggest the
short boat ride from Velia beach along the coast.
Its impossible to step into the Farmacia dei
Sani without sampling the sun-dried figs and spicy sausages. Flavored
olive oil, grappa and sweet chestnuts in honey were just some of the
edible souvenirs we brought home. Via Cavour 10, Maratea.
Nestled in the historic centre, Taverna Rovita
serves up local seafood and traditional Lucanian fare such as stuffed
peppers, bird game, mountain cheeses and local salami. Dont miss the
cassata Lucana for dessert. After dinner take a stroll through the
sleepy town of Maratea where pastel coloured streets are lined with wine
bars, cafés, salumerias, and gelato shops. Via Rovita 13, Maratea.