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Province of Matera
Province of Potenza
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General Information
Basilicata is one of the 20 regions of Italy.
Conventionally it belongs to South Italy.
Administrative division
Region Basilicata is administratively divided in 2 provinces: Province of Matera, Province of Potenza
The whole region includes approximately 597768 inhabitants.
Capital of Basilicata: Potenza

The Territory

History

Folklore, Culture and Traditions
The Feast of the Madonna della Bruna Festa della Bruna
July 2nd
Patron of the city of Matera, begins with the procession "of the shepherds", which wakes the ancient quarters at the first light of dawn, to greet the Image of the Virgin. Her passage is announced with fireworks, while the Knights who escort the float gather along the streets and in the "neighbourhoods".
According to tradition, on the morning of July 2nd the statue of the Holy Mother is taken into the church of Piccianello and then is carried in procession on the float all afternoon, along the main streets of Matera, which are flooded with people. In the evening the procession reaches the Cathedral Square, where "three turns" are performed, to symbolise the taking of the city by the Holy Patron. The statue, accompanied by the Archbishop's court,is placed in the Cathedral.

The Knights, whose horses are draped with paper and velvet flowers, surround the float.
The charioteer urges the mules towards the close-by piazza, to return the symbol of the Feast
to the throngs gathered there. Following the same ancient ritual, the masses of people, in their
excitement, confuse the sacred with the profane, and, to the general astonishment, assault and
destroy the chariot, fruit of months of handiwork. (It will be designed and rebuilt the next year)
The festivity ends in the late evening with the din of the fireworks contest , which creates a
unique scenario above the ancient quarters of the Sassi, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Monuments and Places

Gastronomy, wine and typical products
Bread, Orecchiette, cavatelli... cialledd e Vino Aglianico!!
The famous bread of Matera is unique!

For the pasta you must try the
* orecchiette alla materana
* cavatellin with mushrooms and sausage
* cialledd o bread soup
* crapiata (chick peas, white peas, spelt,bread, garlic)

Red wine Aglianico...

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Information to know

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  Links

 www.regione.basilicata.it - Official website of the Region Basilicata
 www.gustolucano.it - E-commerce Typical Product Lucani
 Basilicata hotel, bb, apartments. - Accommodation in Basilicata - Italy
 B&B Matera - Charming B&B in the Caveoso Sasso...
 Agriturismo - by AgriturismoInn.com
 Masseria Ostuni - Masseria Ferri B&b con trulli vicino ad Ostuni
 Agriturismo Ostuni Masseria Cappuccini - agriturismo composto da un grupo di 18 trulli con piscina
 Hotels Basilicata - hotels, bed and breakfast, country houses in Basilicata
 Hotels Pollino National Park - hotels, bed and breakfast, country houses Pollino National Park

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