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The Land of Swords and Kings

Situated in the south of Italy in the ‘instep’ of the boot, with the Ionian Sea to the south and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, the region of Basilicata is a land of mountains, valleys and forests. Strategically located and not easily penetrated because of its terrain, Basilicata is one of the very few locations in the world where you can explore an area steeped in history dating back to the Palaeolithic age, a time when woolly mammoths roamed the earth. From pre-historic times until the modern day, Basilicata is a land of many influences. It was known to the Greeks and Romans as Lucania (a name still heard today) after the Lucani tribe who lived here as far back as the 5th century BC. The

A Million and One Treasures to See in Italy…

Visitors to Italy cannot fail to be impressed by the history and art all around them. The experience is sometimes so overwhelming that it can be tempting to simply shut one’s eyes and focus on consuming a gelato. There is a place for that of course but visiting magnificent historical sites and viewing outstanding art works can be a profoundly enriching experience. Connectitalia is running two exclusive small group tours to Italy in September and October this year. These tours are certain to appeal to lovers of history and fine art. The September tour called “The Land of Swords and Kings,” weaves its way south from Roma, touches the Amalfi Coast, traverses the ancient lands of Campania and Ba

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