APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

The Modern Age

Having become mere exchange merchandise used by kings to reward feudatories, Basilicata experienced another period of poverty.

On the contrary, the church of Basilicata was so flourishing that it became an important client of a lot of artists. That inestimable treasure of works of art, which is still to be discovered by most people, originated at that time.

At the end of the XVIII century, Enlightenment ideas influenced a lot of intellectuals from Basilicata, who were ready to support them by the use of weapons. The opportunity came when the French arrived in Naples. The rebellion broke out all over continental southern Italy and the ‘Parthenopean’ Republic was established.

However, the French and local intellectuals were not able to understand common people's needs and lost their support very soon.

A few years later the French came back to Basilicata and stayed there for ten years, during which they introduced a modern legislation and abolished the ‘latifundium’. But the reform failed: peasants were poor and could only let rich farmers use their names since the latter were the only ones who had the money to buy the lands for sale. ‘Latifundia’ were not destroyed, just owners had changed.