APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

The Risorgimento

In Basilicata the middle class, which had become stronger in the French decade thanks to the usurpation of lands taken away from feudatories, carried on conspiring against the king to obtain a political weight proportionate to its economic importance.

After the failure of numerous attempts at revolution, Garibaldi's landing in Sicily finally produced the right spark.

His legendary figure induced even peasants to fight side by side with their masters, in the hope of a better life.

Garibaldi conquered the kingdom, but the Piedmontese king he gave it to, was the king of well-off classes and once more the poor became poorer.

This further disappointment was the cause which originated the phenomenon of brigandage. They kept an army of over 120,000 men to check their woods for ten years and underwent a real genocide, leaving over 15,000 people dead on the ground.

Emigration to the countries of the New World was the safety valve which turned their anger into the strength that enabled them to survive and succeed overseas.

Nowadays for each person from Basilicata living in Basilicata itself, there is another who lives abroad.


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