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Caves, beaches and more in Italy’s secret southern region.

This is a chance to visit Italy’s southern region before the world catches on. Between the heel that is Puglia and the toe that is Calabria, you will find Basilicata, the arch of Italy’s foot. Despite a storied and ancient past, the region has been overlooked in modern times. Easily Italy’s best-kept secret, Basilicata is revered for beautiful beaches, ancient towns and a dearth of organized crime. In 2019, the town of Matera, a Unesco site, will host the European Capital of Culture. It is also known for its ancient caves — once used for livestock, later as primitive homes, and today, as private residences and hipster, beautifully restored, Flintstone-esque hotels. But for now at least, the secret is still safe.

— Danielle Pergament - NY TIMES

 

52 Places to Go in 2018

 

52 Places to Go in 2018

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Scenes from New Orleans. Josh Haner/The New York Times
Scenes from New Orleans. Josh Haner/The New York Times

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New Orleans

Louisiana

A one-of-a-kind American city turns 300.

There is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples have made it the ultimate melting pot. And that diversity expresses itself in a multitude of ways that define New Orleans in the American imagination: music, food, language, and on and on. Though it’s been a long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn’t just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever — particularly impressive for a 300-year old.

In honor of its tricentennial, there are events scheduled throughout the year. Other planned developments include a $6 million makeover for Bourbon Street, streetcar service expansions and additions to the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City (including a new outdoor bar) and, in early 2019, the Sazerac House, a visitors center and cocktail museum. A burst of hotel openings and the city’s always excellent and diverse restaurants (Compère Lapin, Marjie’s Grill, DTB and other recently opened spots are celebrating that diversity) and bars (Latitude 29, Portside Lounge) only sweeten the deal for travelers looking for tastes of all that America can offer.

 

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The unusual hues of the Caño Cristales river. Federico Rios Escobar for The New York Times

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Colombia

With the war finally over, the entire country is opening up.

After over a half-century of civil war coming to a close, Colombia is eager to become the adventurous, cosmopolitan hot spot it deserves to be. While much work is needed to integrate former rebels back into society, foreign tourism rose 250 percent during the past decade. In the pulsating capital of Bogotá, dozens of luxe hotel chains have opened, while the food scene has gotten a boost from spots like Leonor Espinosa’s restaurant Leo. Elsewhere, you will find coffee fincas turned into luxury hotels, eco-resorts on isolated desert peninsulas and colonial buildings transformed into spa retreats. Once off-limit attractions like Pacific Coast rainforests and the rainbow-color river Caño Cristales are now in every guidebook.

The ancient caves of Matera, in Basilicata, now repurposed. Susan Wright for The New York Times

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Basilicata

Italy

Caves, beaches and more in Italy’s secret southern region.

This is a chance to visit Italy’s southern region before the world catches on. Between the heel that is Puglia and the toe that is Calabria, you will find Basilicata, the arch of Italy’s foot. Despite a storied and ancient past, the region has been overlooked in modern times. Easily Italy’s best-kept secret, Basilicata is revered for beautiful beaches, ancient towns and a dearth of organized crime. In 2019, the town of Matera, a Unesco site, will host the European Capital of Culture. It is also known for its ancient caves — once used for livestock, later as primitive homes, and today, as private residences and hipster, beautifully restored, Flintstone-esque hotels. But for now at least, the secret is still safe.

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