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Basilicata region of southern Italy, also known as Lucania

Basilicata region of southern Italy, also known as Lucania

Oct 10th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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Oct 11th, 2005, 11:14 AM
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Hi Carol and others
We will be visiting Italy in November and are trying to find a place to stay in the Montemurro area if possible. When we went on our honeymoon 21 yrs ago we visited this town as well as San Chirico Reparo which are the towns my grandparents were born in.We ended up camping for a night in a goat pasture! (But it was romantic!) Now we are visiting with our three teenagers! They want a B & B and frankluy I don't want to camp in November!
HOW can I find out about any agritourismos or B & B's from the U.S.?
Thanks for any help.
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Oct 11th, 2005, 07:07 PM
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I just did a basic Google search for an agriturismo in Montemurro and found this: http://www.prodottitipici.com/scheda...urismo&id=2483 (Note the correct spelling of "agriturismo" for Google searches.) If I were in your situation I would also write to the comune asking advice re places to stay. There may be some list of guest houses in town or in the countryside near town, or some friendly may enjoy giving you other helpful and detailed information. Did you also do a search for hotels in Montemurro and nearby towns on www.basilicata.com?
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Oct 12th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Hi Carol,
I did look at the web sites and did find one agriturismo in Montemurro. No luck with the email address and no English so I am lost there... I hope we can stay when we arrive. They will probably not be busy in november but they may also be closed!
How do I contact the commune?
I also have tried to get more detailed maps from both the DC embassy and the Italian tourist board in NY but neither has maps of Basilicata...any books you know of? We have ok maps now.
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Oct 13th, 2005, 03:51 AM
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I don't know whether the agriturismo that you found is the same one that I posted a link to above. If not, use the link that I posted in the above post to you. Then copy and paste the name of the agriturismo into a Google search (in quotes), and you will find several other web pages about this place, along with full contact information.

I wouldn't count on finding places that will communicate with you by e-mail. When I was in Basilicata four years ago, there were not many computers in use, but there was a big regional comapign for "Un computer in ogni casa." Most people found it mystifying, because having a computer was the farthest thing from their minds. It wasn't even that common for businesses to have computer. and I didn't notice any internet cafes either (I wasn't looking ofr one, bust someone else was). Maybe the computer situation has changed, but still, I think you are better off communicating by phone. However, at a small agriturismo in a non-touristy area, the owners will probably not speka English, so if you don't speak Italian, you want want to have someone help you make the call.

I would communicate with the comune in writing (in Italian) by regular postal mail. There are several websites that give the numerical postal code for every comune in every region. You need to put the two-letter code for the province (which in your case I think Potenza) after the name of the town on the envelope, but you don't need to write the name of the region. I wrote to one little town in Sicily, the person who answered happened to be a cousin of mine. he identified himself, gave me his phone number, wrote about his feelings about the town, and invited me to visit him. Several years later when I took a trip to Sicily, I stayed in a little agriturismo on the outskirts of the town and I visited this cousin. He showed ne around the town, introduced me to people, and the next day, when other cousins who no longer lived in town came to visit, we all took a daytrip together to Tindari. When I wrote to a little town in Basilicata (Accettura) around the same time, I got an answer from the mayor, who sent me a packet of fascinating information about la festa del maggio, a four-day traditional festival with ancient tree-cult origins. When I wrote again a few years later before taking a trip there (just in time to stay for the festa del maggio), I got an answer from the person in charge of birth and death records, who gave me info on how to get to th town by bus and who had researched and found that I had one relative in town--a 5th or 6th cousin. This nice town employee met me when I arrived, intoroduced me to his own cousins and various other townspeople and to my cousin.
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Hello Carol,
I'm responding to this thread many years after it was started so I don't know if it will go through or not, but I thought I'd try.
I want to visit Accettura for Il Maggio this year, but the two small hotels in the area are already booked. I noticed that your family was from the Accettura and was wondering if you were in contact with them and if so, if they knew of someone who wouldn't mind renting a room to me for 3 nights. I speak Italian fluently, so there wouldn't be a communication problem. Looking at the windy roads on the map, I really wanted to stay in the town so that I didn't have to drive in an unknown area at night.
Thank you for reading my message and I hope to hear back if you can help or have any other ideas.
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