Basilicata and Calabria
The other main city in the south-east of Italy is Taranto. This,
so many Italian cities, is a bit of a mess. It is a port set on
relatively sheltered harbour. At the north-western end of the
close to the old port area, is a large no-go zone, with
tenements, and a generally seedy air. One day someone will
this part of town could be gentrified, and it will go up in the
however I dont expect that time to come soon. But it is a zone
someone interested in doing up an old crumbling building should
have a look at. There is scope a-plenty. And I guess it has to
There is one main problem with the area to the south and west of
Taranto, and that is that it is progressively further from an
international airport. As you travel south towards the tip of
land becomes mountainous. Initially the contours are gentle as
up to Matera. I think this is yet another boring part of Italy,
does start to get chillier the further you climb. Further south
further up into the mountains it gets decidedly cold, and the
area is thickly forested. The higher you get the more the trees
from deciduous to coniferous.
Here the towns were built defensively. They perch in almost
inaccessible places at the top of sheer cliffs. The streets are
the houses crammed together like a rabbit warren, and some
merely pedestrian passageways. There's not much apparently for
and once again, you would have to turn native to live here, and
recently it would have been a nightmare travelling back to the
However, things have changed. RyanAir now fly to Lamezia, which
the west coast just south of this mountainous region.
If you like mountains this is a fascinating area. We drove down
east coast to Rossano and then up through the mountains to
the scenery was spectacular. You even get cows wandering about
roadsides. The descent into Cosenza was also quite spectacular
cleverly constructed highway taking in tunnels and bridges as it
down a serious incline to the city below.
I have a list of properties for sale in this area, with prices
from €8,500. Yes, I do not have the decimal point in the wrong
They are now available on the Unique Property site members'
Next week I shall be crossing over to Sicily.