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, abiding faith and pagan rites, and authentic home cooking, Basilicata has it all. It’s a place where the path is less traveled and hospitality is sacred. Ancient towns, natural splendor, several millennia of history, and inspiring views everywhere, the region’s rural roots mingle with modern technology, placing a foot in the past and the other in the present. 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. You’ll find the book contains many more than 52 things, as each entry helps you make the most of your time there. 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.