Hostels in Basilicata Hostels in Basilicata

You are looking for hostels in Basilicata? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Basilicata hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Basilicata.

All Cities in Basilicata

We list every single hostel in Basilicata and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Basilicata for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Basilicata hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Basilicata. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Basilicata

Basilicata is a south Italian region covering around 3,900 square miles. Made up of just two provinces called Potenza and Matera, this region is a small treasure yet untouched by major international tourism. When you visit its capital, Potenza, or any of its cities, you are most likely going to be surrounded by Italian travelers seeking a relaxing vacation.

The region touches Campania to the west, Puglia (Apulia) to the north and east, as well as Calabria to the south, so if you are in any of those locations, you can easily access beautiful Basilica for a side-trip. There are also two coastlines to enjoy here, either along the Tyrrhenian Sea or the Gulf of Taranto.

The name of this old region is believed to refer to the term “Basileus,” a Greek term for the Byzantine emperor. Basilicata is also known as Lucania, a name derived from the Lucari people that inhabited the area during the Iron Age. The old-world feel of its name aptly paints an image of an organic, historic city of beauty.

For your budget travels, there are several hostels, or “ostellos,” spread throughout the region, in cities like Potenza, Rapone, Tricarico, and San Severino Lucano. These Basilicata hostels tend to be clean, minimal, yet with old-world style and ideally situated. The hostel staff likely will have a lot of information and tips to share with you. There are both dormitory as well as private room accommodations, all at affordable prices. The best part about most of the hostels in Basilicata are the included eateries where you will experience some of the most genuine culinary delights of Italy.

One place where you will find a couple of hostels is in the ancient city of Matera. This is a convenient location for settling down so that you can venture to the Sassi district to gaze upon the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Sassi di Matera, a city set in stone. Believed to be one of the first areas in Italy inhabited by man, Sassi di Matera is a complex of houses built into calcarenitic rock. Fossils indicate that man lived here since 7000 B.C. Not until the 1950’s did the residents get relocated by the government due to concerns about sanitation. The area was restored in the 1990’s and made into a UNESCO site in 1993.

When you visit Sassi, be aware that it can get very hot during summers. It is a good idea to arrive in the early morning unless you decide to visit during the cooler seasons. Wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes and be ready to discover the mesmerizing sights and ancient atmosphere of this stone city as you walk through its alleys, up and down steps, through twists and turns. You will feel like you have traveled back in time. In fact, the setting is so reminiscent of the age-old sites of Jerusalem that many film producers have taken advantage by filming movies here, including Timur Bekmambetov’s 2016 version of “Ben Hur.”

To get a better idea about the history of this wondrous place, get a guided tour or visit Casa Noha, where you can view films that will show you the heritage of the land. At the end of your daylong expedition, you will be glad to return to your hostel in Matera to refuel your body with a delectable dinner and some energizing sleep.

expert for Basilicata hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Basilicata hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Basilicata - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Basilicata. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Basilicata. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Basilicata

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Basilicata?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Basilicata here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Basilicata safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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