Basilicata is a region in Southern Italy, also known as the Lucania region. It lies between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the regions of Campania, Puglia and Calabria. The Basilicata region is considered to be the "instep" of Italy, because of it's location on the map and it is divided into 2 provinces: Matera and Potenza. The coastline of the Basilicata region is known for the beauty of the ocean floor, these Italian seabeds being famous all around the world. Among the cultural attractions of the Basilicata region, worth mentioning are the “Sassi di Matera” and the statue of Cristo Redentore, one of the largest statues of Christ in Europe.
The Province of Matera is part of the Basilicata region and it is has a total of 31 comunes. From a geographical point of view, Matera is formed out of a hilly area and a plain area, both offering spectacular views of the region. Among the most visited attractions of the province, worth mentioning are the San Giuliano National Park and the Pantano of Policoro Woods, a beautiful natural reserve. Of course, the "Sassi di Matera" are also an important Italian point of interest, the ancient cave dwelling being visited by many tourists every year.
Potenza is the capital province of the Basilicata region and the city of Potenza is known for being the highest altitude regional capital of Italy. Most towns in the Potenza Province are industrial, but the landscape of the province overall is very beautiful. There are lakes to be visited, such as Lake Monticchio, there's the coast of Maratea and the Lucanian Forest, both wonderful sites for tourists. Of course, Potenza is also home for the National Park of Pollino and for the natural reserves of Lake Pantano di Pignola.