Blog 2021Friday April 23rd, 2021

Lucania, an hidden land

A couple of weeks ago I have been in a sort of fact finding mission in Basilicata, the mountainous region wedged between Campania, Calabria and Apulia. One of the least traveled regions in Italy, Basilicata or Lucania, comprises a large percentage of the hinterland of Southern Italy. Insular and remote, Lucania has infrequently attracted the interest of historians and anthropologists, as well as tourists and travelers. The culture of the people who have inhabited this desolate land for millennia has been too neglected in historical accounts, which have focused primarily on the politico-economic forces that have struggled to dominate Southern Italy. One of the few written texts offering cultural evidence of Lucania is not an anthropological treatise, but the novel “Cristo si e fermato a Eboli” by Carlo Levi. Despite the personal nature of Levi’s account of his nine-month confinement in Aliano during 1935-36, the narrative focuses attention primarily on the world of the peasants. My short discovery trip in Lucania was just after having re-read Levi’s book with the desire to re-trace Levi’ steps so many years after he wrote about it. But this post is not about those villages nor the people of Lucania. Rather I wanted to focus on the beautiful landscapes of this land that have nothing less compared to the beauty of Tuscany, Sicily or Apulia. I unexpectedly found a very green land, far from the description in the book, with almost no human presence, due also to the Covid restriction still in place. A peace of mind as well as of the soul. I had very little interaction with local people, but those I met were very helpful and kind. I will definitely go back in the next days to complete this first mission. In the meantime, I hope you’ll like the pictures I got.

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano

 

Italy, Basilicata – Landscape

 

Italy, Basilicata – Guardia Perticara, Potenza province

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano

 

Italy, Basilicata – Guardia Perticara, Potenza province

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano, Parco Letterario Carlo Levi

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano, Parco Letterario Carlo Levi

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – landscape

 

Italy, Basilicata – Craco

 

Italy, Basilicata – the abandoned village of Alianello

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano, the cemetery with the Carlo Levi tomb

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Matera

 

Italy, Basilicata – Craco

 

Italy, Basilicata – Craco

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano

 

Italy, Basilicata – Alianello

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano

 

Italy, Basilicata – Alianello

 

Italy, Basilicata – Pisticci, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – Aliano as seen from the air. The cemetery in foreground

 

Italy, Basilicata – Pisticci, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – abandoned village of Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – abandoned village of Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – around Salandra, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – abandoned village of Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – around Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – around Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – abandoned village of Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – around Craco, Matera province

 

Italy, Basilicata – road to Salandra

 

Italy, Basilicata – around Salandra

 

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