Itinerary on horseback Melfi – Maratea | 7 days

The itinerary from Melfi to Maratea is a full immersion in cultural and natural Basilicata lasting no less than 7 days.
The starting point is Melfi, a city in the north of the region known for the castle where Emperor Frederick lived, continuing towards the Monticchio lakes and then heading towards the town of Atella. Beech and oak trees accompany the horseback ride for about 7 km ending in the Valle di Vitalba valley.
Leaving the valley, head uphill towards Monte Carmine, taking the paths that wind through the woods and skirting the SS 93 road towards Filiano-Lagopesole. This leads to the evocative sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine in the municipality of Avigliano. The next stop is the regional capital, Potenza, a mountainous town located on an Apennine relief at 816 m above sea level. In particular, continuing along a short path that crosses the Rifreddo forest, descending a few kilometres above sea level, you reach Pignola and further downstream is the natural oasis of the Pantano which offers long walks around the lake of the same name and guided tours of the species of animals and birds hosted by the local WWF headquarters.
We resume our journey on horseback. Leave Pignola in the direction of Sellata-Pierfaone on the SP 5 road and head uphill to Abriola. Cross harsh and rocky territory, a test bed for the rider/horse combination, after which you go downhill towards Marsico Nuovo, first crossing the territory of Sasso di Castalda, where it will be difficult to resist the charm of the experience of the “Ponte alla Luna”, a Tibetan bridge.
Afterwards, cross the Val d’Agri valley, which can be reached in 47 km by following the SS 598. Varied area with its impervious and difficult paths that alternate with naturalistic glimpses of disarming beauty, we set off for Lagonegro, a small ancient village located at the foot of Monte Sirino, in the Valle del Noce valley.
The destination is now near. We cross the last mountains following the SP 585 road and passing through the medieval towns of Rivello and Trecchina, the latter known as “the garden city” for the green of the flower beds that fill and colour it and for the woodland and floral vegetation that frames it.
The last day involves a descent towards the sea, to reach Maratea, the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian”, guarded and protected by the imposing and sumptuous statue of Christ the Redeemer, located on the spur of Monte San Biagio, another strategic point to admire the beauty of the coast.