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The Italian region with the capital Potenza lies "at the bottom of the boot". Viticulture can be traced back to the Phoenicians. The Romans called the land Lucania and this name is still in use today alongside Basilicata. The current name is derived from the Byzantine "basilikos", which in the 9th and 10th centuries was a term for the provincial princes who ruled here. The mountainous highlands consist mainly of sedimentary rock with soils of clay, limestone and sand and are crossed by numerous watercourses. Basilicata is enclosed by the three regions of Apulia, Calabria and Campania. There are two short stretches of coastline on the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.

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