Travel to the “other Italy” –the one without crowds, tourist-trap restaurants, or smog-chugging tour buses. The southern region of Basilicata is one of Italy’s least-known, but is a place of natural splendor, unchanged hill towns, adrenaline-pumping adventure, and alluring art.
With outdoor adventure, long-held traditions, gorgeous scenery, fascinating festivals, and authentic home cooking, Basilicata has it all. It’s a place where the path is less traveled and hospitality is sacred. Get the very best of this mysterious and overlooked region by an insider, who gives you the low-down on the highlights of a beautiful and tradition-steeped land. Valerie Fortney guides you through the layers of history, to the wilds and the cities, to the hidden treasures and culinary highlights of the region she calls home. She immerses you and shows you where you can fly with angels, walk to the moon, time-travel with an emperor, and attend a very unusual wedding...and so much more!
The book contains many more than 52 things, as each entry gives you other sights and options. Also included: 10 Restaurants That Are Worth the Trip; a list of worthy hotels; and a run-down of the foods you should taste while you’re here.
“What a gift to be so expertly guided through the beauties and treasures of Basilicata by this passionate local! She fills you up with delightful inspiration and practical advice so you're all set to have an extraordinary experience of the surprising range of goodies this enticing region has to offer--from blissful beaches, to rugged mountain tops, Roman ruins, ancient caves, extraordinary wine, and so much more. Andiamo!” – Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go; Hungry For Italy; and Postcards From Italy
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About the Author
Valerie Fortney returned to her roots in the southern Italy region of Basilicata where she is a freelance writer, professional genealogist and cappuccino addict. Before moving to Italy she worked for nearly a decade in the travel industry, as a travel agent, agency marketing manager, and as a corporate travel consultant.
Valerie selflessly samples local delicacies and tours hidden havens for the sake of writing. When not tapping away at her keyboard, she can be found sipping cappuccino, participating in grape harvests, or shooting with breeze with her fellow 'paesani'.
She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in History. She loves exploring hill towns, ancient sites, and quirky festivals. She enjoys sharing her corner of Italy with visitors and helping them make the most of their vacation time.
Find her on Instagram and Facebook as Valerie in Italy