APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Prehistory

Man has inhabited Basilicata since the Paleolithic. Ancient hunters went looking for preys around lakes and rivers, in an environment populated by a lot of animals which are now extinct, such as ancient elephants, rhinoceros and sabre-toothed tigers.

In the caves where they took shelter, they left rupestrian paintings of extraordinary synthesis, some of which are still visible in Basilicata.

Peoples of shepherds, who frequently met because of the transhumance, built a common Apennine culture, while contacts by sea with other Mediterranean cultures became more frequent.

With the Iron Age (IX-VII century BC) and the increase in commercial and political relations, contacts with the Etruscans and the Phoenicians became habitual for indigenous people.

All these exchanges led to the origin of quite a uniform culture all over the area which is now called Basilicata (or Lucania) and in the neighbouring areas. The Greeks called this culture ‘Enotria’.