Pisticci is a hilly town in the province of Matera, in Basilicata, which extends between the rivers Basento and Cavone, to the coast of the Ionian Sea, where Marina di Pisticci is located.
Marina di Pisticci: between art and history
Remarkable is the Castle of San Basilio, born as a fortified farm at the hands of the Basilian monks in the seventh century, and then fortified by the Normans. Today the building, which houses an art collection, preserves the refectory and kitchens, the dormitory, the library room, the chapter house and the chapel, dominated by an imposing square tower. Note also the ancient Torre Bruni and the Torre dell’Orologio. The most evocative place is the so-called Dirupo, the district made up of white houses included in the list of the 100 Wonders of Italy.
Near Pisticci you can visit the archaeological area of the Kornati, where it was unearthed an ancient village of the people of Enotri, whose findings are instead exposed at the Archaeological Museum of Metaponto.
Marina of Pisticci and the golden beaches
The fraction of Marina di Pisticci consists of a small group of houses contiguous to the many tourist villages along the coast, between the shores of San Basilio and San Teodoro, a short distance from the archaeological area of Metaponto and the Palatine Tables. This resort is an ideal natural paradise for summer holidays, thanks to the beautiful beaches of golden sand and crystal clear waters.
In Marina di Marconia, along a coastline of 8 kilometers, there are the best equipped beaches, divided into Lido Nord and Lido Sud. The most frequented beach is that of Marina di Pisticci, characterized by particularly soft sand and the clearest sea. Some beaches also offer bar service, children’s play area, sports equipment.
The gastronomic traditions of Marina di Pisticci
The local gastronomic tradition is closely linked to peasant and regional, with an important prevalence of homemade pasta, vegetables and pork. Among the pasta, stand out the “tapparelle“, diamond-shaped, the “rucchelle“, a kind of gnocchetti, and the “tajjarielle“, tagliolini, but also the orecchiette, which are seasoned with meat sauces, game, vegetables or chickpeas and beans. Among the desserts, stand out the “pettole“, the “ngartajjiate” and the “purcedduzze“.
Pisticci is renowned for its Lucanian sausage, for which coriander and chili powder are used. Even bread, prepared with native Cappelli durum wheat flour and the addition of potatoes, is a very important product.
Marina di Pisticci is home to several hotels-villages, some of which are located directly on the beach, but there are also great B&B accommodations and farmhouses.
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