Ideas and itineraries to discover Basilicata



Discovering the Ionian coast from Metaponto to Policoro

You will enjoy 30 km of beaches of golden sand, have relaxing and romantic walks,  clean sea, shallow water, wind for sailing sports or take sailing lessons and more …

After a day in the hot sun (or under the umbrella, depending on what you prefer!), for the less lazy of you there is the opportunity to explore the surroundings and discover the existence of archaeological jewels dating back to ancient Greek times. The area, in fact, is also known as Magna Grecia.

Metaponto, spiaggia


 Distance

30 km

Tips

For those who love sea, nature and classical art

Reccomended period

From June to September

Stages

Metaponto - Policoro

 


 FIRST STAGE: METAPONTO

Metaponto, mare

What to see in Metaponto

The first Greek settlers arrived in the eighth century BC bringing with them all their knowledge of which the town of Lucania, thanks to its wonderful Archaeological Park,  is worthy proof.

You will see the antiquarium, the theater, the Roman fort, the town centre, the necropolis, the temples of Apollo Licio, Demeter, Aphrodite, Hera, up to the most famous temple: the Palatine Tables.

Metaponto, tavole palatine

Time to visit

One day:  (morning at the beach, afternoon dedicated to Greek culture)

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SECOND STAGE: POLICORO

Policoro, spiaggia

What to see in Policoro: Known at the Greek time as Heraclea, the area was the scene of a bloody battle between the Romans and the elephants warriors of general Pyrrhus in 280 BC.

In the archaeological park is the National Museum of Siris where, divided into sections, are archaeological relics from the Neolithic era.

Policoro, scavi

Time to visit

One day (Morning at the beach, afternoon at the museum and archaeological park)

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THIRD STAGE: THE WWF OASIS POLICORO HERACLEA

POLICORO, OASI WWF

Nature lovers and bird watchers should not miss the nature reserve of Bosco Pantano. The park, WWF oasis, as well as a small part of one of the most important lowland forests in Italy, is an important staging area for many migratory birds such as the white heron, the gray heron, the owl, the barn owl, the kite etc.

The park is home to a colony of different turtle species ranging from the common to the loggerhead marsh turtle.

Time of visit

Three hours (morning)

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