Southern Italy - Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria (PDF Chapter)


This is the Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southern Italy guidebook.

The region comprising Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria are where you can witness the so-called Mezzogiorno (southern Italy) in all its intensity. This is a land of drying washing on weather-worn balconies, speeding scooters and dilapidated centro storicos (historic centres).

  • marvel at otherworldly sassi (cave dwellings) and the ancient history of Matera
  • maps
  • sample the wonderful simplicity of Puglia’s cucina povera in the trattorias of Bari
  • transport
  • search for early morning photo ops around the cream-coloured lanes and expansive beaches of Vieste
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Puglia, Bari & Around, Promontorio del Gargano, Isole Tremiti, Valle d’Itria, Lecce, Brindisi, Salento & Around, Basilicata, Matera, Metaponto, Potenza, Appennino Lucano, Basilicata’s Western Coast, Calabria, Northern Tyrrhenian Coast, Cosenza, Parco Nazionale della Sila, Ionian Coast, Parco Nazionale dell’Aspromonte, Reggio di Calabria and Southern Tyrrhenian Coast.

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