Discovering this Arab-Norman town
In the centre of Basilicata, Tricarico is the ideal destination for exploring this beautiful region. It is a town off the beaten tourist track that is steeped in tradition and authenticity.
Strolling through the streets of the historic centre, there are plenty of sites to admire, starting with the symbol of the town: the Norman Castle, the tower of which offers breathtaking views. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption is the city’s most renowned church. Inside is the Cappella del Secretarium (Chapel of the Secretarium), a triumph of exquisite Baroque stucco work. Climbing up Via del Corso, you will find the two stone doors leading to the entrance of the majestic Ducal Palace.
The pearl of this town are the two extraordinary Arab neighbourhoods of Rabata and Saracena. As you explore the narrow alleyways, sometimes enclosed and leading to dead ends, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the views that this incredible area offers.
If you are up for more exploration, about 12 kilometres from Tricarico you can visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Fonti, a place of peace and spirituality associated with the officially recognised miracle of the tears shed by the statue of Mary.
To end your visit in style, it is time to enjoy some fantastic food. Among the typical products, you should definitely try the salami, along with Provolone Impiccato and Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, all accompanied by an ice-cold craft beer and, the cherry on top, Cruschi Peppers in chocolate.