Two the Italian destination included in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet guide
Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2018’ guide has included two Italian destinations among the ones not to be missed for next year. Among the ‘Top 10 cities’ to visit in 2018, it featured Maratea in the Basilicata region, while in the ‘Top 10 Regions’ section it included the Aeolian Islands.
The guide urges travelers to visit Matera while it is still an underground destination and before it emerges into the limelight as European Capital of Culture for 2019. Its labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, and monasteries dating back over 9000 years are in the districts of Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano – better known as the ‘Sassi di Matera‘ – and make it one of the oldest living cities in the world. Moreover, with its crown of honey-stoned houses perched above a ravine, Matera can boast a unique landscape.
The Aeolians are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern Sicilian cost, consisting of seven islands: Lipari, Salina, Volcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Panarea. Much of their breathtaking beauty is due to their volcanic origins that, as worded by Lonely Planet, shaped “sublime marine landscapes, volcanic slopes, black-sand beaches, and some of Europe’s best coasts walks and dives.” They are considered a slow travel paradise and, having been largely off the beaten track, their low-key charm offers a good-value Mediterranean break.