The Basilicata region of southern Italy is a fabulous place to embark on a walking holiday. The Basilicata region is one of the most remote regions of Italy and is certain allows you to get away from the crowds. It is not only this but also you shall be able to explore the UNESCO city of Matera where you stay the first nights, rich in art but also ideal for an urban trekking. While you start in the city you shall walk through the Park of Rock Churches, with its Gravina (gorge) and the Mediterranean scrub, where you can discover prehistoric caves, Neolithic villages and rock farmhouses with frescoed churches. Your adventure then continues inside the Gallipoli Cognato Park, with its magnificent grassy plateaus from which you can admire the wild walls of the Lucanian Dolomites. You can explore the ancient hamlets of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano. The unspoiled nature, the intense light with stunning views will leave you an enchanting memory of Basilicata.
3 nights in Matera at https://www.hotelbelvedere.matera.it
2 nights in Pietrapertosa at http://www.ilpalazzodelbarone.it
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Arrive as early as you can and book into your accommodation. Later in the day an urban walk in the Sassi districts which are a UNESCO heritage site of Matera. Visit its city centre, the baroque city, the Romanesque churches and the rock civilization. Dinner in a typical restaurant in the Sassi district.
Today a walk through the Murgia plateau in search of the archaeological and naturalistic treasures of the Park – Rock of Churches. You will walk around the Gravina di Matera with beautiful views and unique paths. You should have some free time mid-afternoon to further explore Matera.
First a short transfer by bus to Montescaglioso and where you can visit the old town with the 12th century Abbey of Saint Michele Arcangelo. Leaving Porta Sant’Angelo, you proceed downhill towards the ancient abandoned station, from where you proceed among the olive trees until you reach the Rock Church called Madonna della Loe, on the edge of the Gravina. Once you reach the Selva Venusio farm, the trek ends near the Grancia of Parco dei Monaci, where you can take the bus back to Matera from Montescaglioso.
First, today an included transfer to Accettura which will take around 90 minutes. Accettura is in the Park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Lucanian Dolomites. After visiting the village, you start walking to reach the entrance of Montepiano forest. Here you reach Costa La Rossa ridge at 1026 m. Here you can enjoy panoramic views all over the park and its many peaks. You shall see they are Immersed in greenery. You continue further until you reach Monte dell’Impiso at 1295 m. The following 6 km are a gentle downhill to reach Pietrapertosa at 1052mt and your overnight stay.
Today’s walk will immerse you into the world of Lucanian Dolomites. From the Saracen fortress of Pietrapertosa, almost entirely excavated in the rock, which offers a panoramic view of the Basento valley, you can visit the historic centre with its numerous steps and the precious Mother Church. At the foot of the castle, take a path that descends to the Caperrino stream, cross an ancient bridge, dominated by the rugged Pietrapertosa Dolomites and climb up to Castelmezzano. Visit the historic centre and maybe have a picnic at the Castle. Return to Pietrapertosa following the same route.
After breakfast departure by bus and train back to Bari or Naples/Rome.
Fly to Bari airport and by bus or train to Matera (approx. 1.25 hours). On departure bus and train back to Bari airport (approx. 5 hours). A private transfer to Potenza and then train to Naples or Rome. Private transfers can also be booked.
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