I know I've been talking a lot about Basilicata lately. Only natural, since I just returned and am giddy over the place. As I read through some of my previous posts from years past, I realize that words just don't do it all justice. I can utilize every adjective at my disposal ,but the astounding beauty and my visceral reaction to it cannot be fully experienced through black typeface on a white page.
That's why today I'm giving you the visual experience of this place that has captured my heart. Maybe by looking at photos, watching videos, and seeing the webcams you'll understand why I love it so!
The whole landscape of Lucania is covered by fantastic photos and maps on this shutterbug site.
Valle dell'Agri. An agriturismo site that put up a lovely slideshow of the seasonally-changing vistas of the Agri River valley.
Basilicata Autentica. Francis Ford Coppola describes why his ancestral region is such a great place...good enough for him to invest heavily in the reconstruction of a palazzo that will soon open as a hotel.
Basilicata in Scena. Clever marketing video assembled by the Region of Basilicata, comparing its gems to the most important places around the world.
Matera Webcams. I love looking at webcams, especially those that have a birdseye view onto a piazza. Matera boasts two. It's *almost* like being there. Okay, not really. You can't smell the coffee or hear the chatter and church bells, but they're fun to watch anyway, especially during the passeggiata.
One webcam is set up above Piazza Vittorio Veneto, while the other is mounted in Piazza del Sedile. (I discovered that it is raining in Matera today, just like it is here in Virginia.)
The Anzi page on Facebook has some gorgeous photos of that hamlet (which is one of my ancestral villages), including a picture taken at a festa that happened to capture Bryan and me in the shot!
Enjoy the spectacular scenery!