”Ponte alla Luna”(Bridge of the moon)

The system of Tibetan bridges in Sasso di Castalda is located on the sides of the "Fosso Arenazzo" which begins right at the foot of the picturesque old town. Through the narrow streets that branch off between the characteristic stone houses of the old town, you come to the beginning of the first bridge, which 95 metres long and suspended about 70 metres high, and across which you can reach the opposite side on a slope characterised by distinctive geologic formations. Following the path along the bank of the "Fosso", you go past the votive chapel and in 15 minutes you will get to the start of…

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Uncovering Basilicata’s natural wonders

Two national parks and two regional parks, protected areas, sun-kissed fields and grasslands, the evocative landscapes of Calanchi and impressive dams are all part of the multifaceted landscape of Basilicata. The region boasts plenty of protected areas and four parks, including two national parks: the Lucanian side of the Pollino National Park and the National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’, plus two regional parks, the Gallipoli Cognato Park and the Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches of Matera. Other regional nature reserves are located throughout the Basilicata,…

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The Volcanic Lakes of Monticchio

Located in the area of Vulture within some enchanting scenery, and surrounded by lush vegetation, are the two Monticchio lakes, of different size, and a Regional Reserve. The lakes originated inside the carter of the Vulture mount, a now extinct volcano; beautifully reflected in the waters of the lake there is the splendid Benedictine Abbey of San Michele. Built on the ancient crater sides, the abbey and the remains of St. Ippolito complex bear witness to the presence of monks orders in the area of Vulture. The abbey boasts some beautiful frescoes dating back to the mid-eleventh century. The…

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THE POLLINO NATIONAL PARK

With its 192.000 hectares stretching between Basilicata and Calabria, the Pollino National Park is Italy’s largest national park. Its name derives from the peak of Pollino Massif, defined by the Achaeans as “Mons Apollineum”, the Mount of the Greek god Apollo, for its majesty and impressive height that recalled the Mount Olympus, which in Greek mythology was the home of the ancient Greek Olympian gods. Within thick woods of beech and oak, such as Magnano wood, near San Severino Lucano, fir and chestnut forests and grass plateaus you will get the chance to see the famous ‘Pino Loricato’, a…

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THE NATIONAL PARK OF APPENNINO LUCANO ‘VAL D’AGRI LAGONEGRESE’

The most recent protected area of Basilicata, established in 2007, lies in the beautiful National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’. The area is home to some beautiful villages that will offer you unforgettable experiences through culture, sacred values and nature. Along with the archaeological area of Grumentum, considered to be the most important regional site dating back to the Roman period, and the nearby Archaeological Museum of the Alta Val D’Agri, the park includes the villages of Viggiano and Sant’Arcangelo, the religious heart of Basilicata, famous for the cult of the…

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THE HISTORICAL NATURAL PARK OF THE ROCK CHURCHES OF MATERA

The Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches of Matera, known in Italian as ‘Parco Regionale della Murgia Materana’, stands like an impressive soft-rock sculpture marked by deep ravines, gorges and caverns. Also known as the Park of the Rock Churches, it consists of more than 150 rock churches, a treasure trove of astonishing religious and cultural heritage. Thanks to its natural wonders and historical places of interest, the Park has become the perfect venue for music concerts and spectacular environmental and cultural events, which are organised throughout the year on these outstanding…

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THE REGIONAL PARK OF ‘GALLIPOLI COGNATO E PICCOLE DOLOMITI LUCANE’

The Regional Park of ‘Gallipoli Cognato e Piccole Dolomiti Lucane’ is a treasure trove of natural beauty. The park has a well signposted network of trails, ideal for walking, horse riding or mountain biking. Clinging to the mountainside are the villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, included in the list of the Italian most beautiful villages, which can also be reached using one of the most exhilarating tourist attractions and zip-wire adventures of the region: the ‘Flight of the Angel’. Surrounded by pristine nature and traces of a thousand-year old history, the Park is one of the…

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THE ‘OASI SAN GIULIANO’ NATURE RESERVE

Visit this protected area, rich in charming natural attractions and fossils found on the shores of the lake, and step into a fairytale. The history of the Regional Reserve of San Giuliano is linked to the origins of San Giuliano artificial lake, which includes the natural lake of San Giuliano, surrounded by woods and rivers both upstream and downstream of the artificial lake. In August 2006, a skeleton fossil of whale, dating back to the Pleistocene, was found on the shores of the lake. The reserve has a visitor’s centre, a Natural Museum and an outdoor teaching space, ideal for the most…

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THE ‘ABETINA’ REGIONAL RESERVE IN LAURENZANA

The beautiful regional reserve of ‘Abetina’ is one of Basilicata’s protected areas and falls within the municipality of Laurenzana, at the heart of the National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’. Covering 330 hectares, the reserve boasts hugely diverse flora, with the predominance of the rare white fir, along with beech and oak. Fauna is also extremely varied and includes the wolf, the wild cat, the hare, the dormouse and the garden dormouse. Among birds, it is worth mentioning the red kite, the sparrowhawk, the linsang and the kestrel. The reserve is opened all year round and…

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THE REGIONAL NATURE RESERVE OF CALANCHI IN MONTALBANO IONICO

Established in 2011, Montalbano Ionico Reserve - the largest of Basilicata - boasts unique geological features and is rich in outstanding natural, environmental, archaeological and cultural heritage. The typical gullies and ravines known as ‘Calanchi’ extend up to the cultivated fields, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, pines and cypresses that exhibit unique and absolute landscapes, such as the geosite of Tempa Petrolla, a rocky outcrop emerging from the clay. The landscape of Calanchi is rich in flora and fauna, especially birds. For this reason, the Reserve has been identified at the…

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Lake Montecotugno Birdlife Observatory – Pollino National Park

Lake Montecotugno Birdlife Observatory – Pollino National Park The Observatory is located in the Pollino National Park, in Senise, on a promontory of Lake Monte Cotugno, the largest artificial lake on clay in Europe and third in the world. Thanks to the variety of environments you can admire many different species of sedentary and migratory birds, both aquatic and terrestrial: Red kites, Buzzards, Falcons, Grey wagtails, Shelducks, Crested grebes, Egrets, Sandpipers, Mallards, Coots, Hoopoes, Moorhens, Cormorants, Herons, Wigeons, Stone-curlew, Wheatears, Lanners. Mediterranean brush…

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Outdoor in Maratea and Lagonegrese

Outdoor in Maratea and Lagonegrese Maratea is not just about the sea; or rather, there is so much sea that your eyes are drawn inland, to the mountain, and the many attractions of Lagonegrese where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The territory has a high environmental value; the Pollino National Park and the National Park of the Appennino Lucano Lagonegrese Val D’Agri cross here, and many operators with their various activities make it the gateway to outdoor tourism in the Basilicata region. There are a whole host of activities to take part in, from climbing to horse-riding,…

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Outdoor activities, nature and fun in Basilicata!

Basilicata is a unique, open-air ‘sports hall’ for those looking for hiking and walking holidays and excursions, but also for sports enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. In the spring, the region’s mountain landscapes, stretching from the hills around Matera up to the Ionian coast, are perfect to explore on foot, by bike or mountain bike. The region is perfectly suited also for horse riding, paragliding, orienteering and exhilarating climbing on the rocky peaks located mostly in the province of Potenza, along the Lucanian Apennines, from North to South, up to the Pollino National Park. Also sport…

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Basilicata parks and nature

Basilicata's strong point is certainly its varied landscape: in addition to protected areas, expanses of meadows and sunny fields, evocative gullies and immense dams, Basilicata has two national parks, the Lucan side of the Pollino Park and the Appennino Park Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese, and two regional parks, the Natural Park of Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti Lucane and the Natural History Archaeological Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. The regional nature reserves occupy a large part of the territory between green natural walls and abundant river waters and natural…

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Pollino Outdoor Park

The Pollino Outdoor Park was born in San Costantino Albanese, in the province of Potenza, and is set in an attractive forest of turkey oaks, and is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance of the town. The Adventure Park boasts a series of outdoor physical activities where you can have fun in total safety, moving from tree to tree by means of suspended platforms, steel cables, Tibetan bridges, Tyrolean traverses (pulleys), ropes and ladders, testing your balance and concentration as well as getting some exercise. All the routes require the use of safety equipment, consisting of a…

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THE REGIONAL NATURE RESERVE AND WWF OASIS OF PANTANO LAKE

Located just a few kilometres from the regional capital and serving as a meeting place for nature lovers, in the municipality of Pignola lies the outstanding regional nature reserve and WWF Oasis of Pantano lake. This protected area is very popular, all year round, among jogging and walking enthusiasts, and it also hosts marathons and sports competitions of national and international level. Offering nature tracks provided with piers and sighting spots, it is the ideal location for bird-watching enthusiasts and for those looking for mountain bike routes. There is also an area to practice…

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Sport attractions in Basilicata: skiing, golfing, rowing and much more

Thanks to its skiing resorts, golf courses, sailing centres and nature areas suitable for every kind of sport, Basilicata meets the needs and passions of all sport lovers looking for new challenges and exhilarating activities. In Basilicata you are sure to find something exciting: you can experience a boat race on Montecotugno Lake, in the municipality of Senise, at the heart of the Pollino National Park, or enjoy sailing courses designed for sailing lovers both on the Ionian and the Thyrrenian Coast, which also offer plenty of beautiful diving sites ready to be discovered. In autumn and…

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”Ponte alla Luna”(Bridge of the moon)

The system of Tibetan bridges in Sasso di Castalda is located on the sides of the "Fosso Arenazzo" which begins right at the foot of the picturesque old town. Through the narrow streets that branch off between the characteristic stone houses of the old town, you come to the beginning of the first bridge, which 95 metres long and suspended about 70 metres high, and across which you can reach the opposite side on a slope characterised by distinctive geologic formations. Following the path along the bank of the "Fosso", you go past the votive chapel and in 15 minutes you will get to the start of…

Read More

Uncovering Basilicata’s natural wonders

Two national parks and two regional parks, protected areas, sun-kissed fields and grasslands, the evocative landscapes of Calanchi and impressive dams are all part of the multifaceted landscape of Basilicata. The region boasts plenty of protected areas and four parks, including two national parks: the Lucanian side of the Pollino National Park and the National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’, plus two regional parks, the Gallipoli Cognato Park and the Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches of Matera. Other regional nature reserves are located throughout the Basilicata,…

Read More

The Volcanic Lakes of Monticchio

Located in the area of Vulture within some enchanting scenery, and surrounded by lush vegetation, are the two Monticchio lakes, of different size, and a Regional Reserve. The lakes originated inside the carter of the Vulture mount, a now extinct volcano; beautifully reflected in the waters of the lake there is the splendid Benedictine Abbey of San Michele. Built on the ancient crater sides, the abbey and the remains of St. Ippolito complex bear witness to the presence of monks orders in the area of Vulture. The abbey boasts some beautiful frescoes dating back to the mid-eleventh century. The…

Read More

THE POLLINO NATIONAL PARK

With its 192.000 hectares stretching between Basilicata and Calabria, the Pollino National Park is Italy’s largest national park. Its name derives from the peak of Pollino Massif, defined by the Achaeans as “Mons Apollineum”, the Mount of the Greek god Apollo, for its majesty and impressive height that recalled the Mount Olympus, which in Greek mythology was the home of the ancient Greek Olympian gods. Within thick woods of beech and oak, such as Magnano wood, near San Severino Lucano, fir and chestnut forests and grass plateaus you will get the chance to see the famous ‘Pino Loricato’, a…

Read More

THE NATIONAL PARK OF APPENNINO LUCANO ‘VAL D’AGRI LAGONEGRESE’

The most recent protected area of Basilicata, established in 2007, lies in the beautiful National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’. The area is home to some beautiful villages that will offer you unforgettable experiences through culture, sacred values and nature. Along with the archaeological area of Grumentum, considered to be the most important regional site dating back to the Roman period, and the nearby Archaeological Museum of the Alta Val D’Agri, the park includes the villages of Viggiano and Sant’Arcangelo, the religious heart of Basilicata, famous for the cult of the…

Read More

THE HISTORICAL NATURAL PARK OF THE ROCK CHURCHES OF MATERA

The Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches of Matera, known in Italian as ‘Parco Regionale della Murgia Materana’, stands like an impressive soft-rock sculpture marked by deep ravines, gorges and caverns. Also known as the Park of the Rock Churches, it consists of more than 150 rock churches, a treasure trove of astonishing religious and cultural heritage. Thanks to its natural wonders and historical places of interest, the Park has become the perfect venue for music concerts and spectacular environmental and cultural events, which are organised throughout the year on these outstanding…

Read More

THE REGIONAL PARK OF ‘GALLIPOLI COGNATO E PICCOLE DOLOMITI LUCANE’

The Regional Park of ‘Gallipoli Cognato e Piccole Dolomiti Lucane’ is a treasure trove of natural beauty. The park has a well signposted network of trails, ideal for walking, horse riding or mountain biking. Clinging to the mountainside are the villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, included in the list of the Italian most beautiful villages, which can also be reached using one of the most exhilarating tourist attractions and zip-wire adventures of the region: the ‘Flight of the Angel’. Surrounded by pristine nature and traces of a thousand-year old history, the Park is one of the…

Read More

THE ‘OASI SAN GIULIANO’ NATURE RESERVE

Visit this protected area, rich in charming natural attractions and fossils found on the shores of the lake, and step into a fairytale. The history of the Regional Reserve of San Giuliano is linked to the origins of San Giuliano artificial lake, which includes the natural lake of San Giuliano, surrounded by woods and rivers both upstream and downstream of the artificial lake. In August 2006, a skeleton fossil of whale, dating back to the Pleistocene, was found on the shores of the lake. The reserve has a visitor’s centre, a Natural Museum and an outdoor teaching space, ideal for the most…

Read More

THE ‘ABETINA’ REGIONAL RESERVE IN LAURENZANA

The beautiful regional reserve of ‘Abetina’ is one of Basilicata’s protected areas and falls within the municipality of Laurenzana, at the heart of the National Park of Appennino Lucano ‘Val d’Agri Lagonegrese’. Covering 330 hectares, the reserve boasts hugely diverse flora, with the predominance of the rare white fir, along with beech and oak. Fauna is also extremely varied and includes the wolf, the wild cat, the hare, the dormouse and the garden dormouse. Among birds, it is worth mentioning the red kite, the sparrowhawk, the linsang and the kestrel. The reserve is opened all year round and…

Read More

THE REGIONAL NATURE RESERVE OF CALANCHI IN MONTALBANO IONICO

Established in 2011, Montalbano Ionico Reserve - the largest of Basilicata - boasts unique geological features and is rich in outstanding natural, environmental, archaeological and cultural heritage. The typical gullies and ravines known as ‘Calanchi’ extend up to the cultivated fields, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, pines and cypresses that exhibit unique and absolute landscapes, such as the geosite of Tempa Petrolla, a rocky outcrop emerging from the clay. The landscape of Calanchi is rich in flora and fauna, especially birds. For this reason, the Reserve has been identified at the…

Read More

Lake Montecotugno Birdlife Observatory – Pollino National Park

Lake Montecotugno Birdlife Observatory – Pollino National Park The Observatory is located in the Pollino National Park, in Senise, on a promontory of Lake Monte Cotugno, the largest artificial lake on clay in Europe and third in the world. Thanks to the variety of environments you can admire many different species of sedentary and migratory birds, both aquatic and terrestrial: Red kites, Buzzards, Falcons, Grey wagtails, Shelducks, Crested grebes, Egrets, Sandpipers, Mallards, Coots, Hoopoes, Moorhens, Cormorants, Herons, Wigeons, Stone-curlew, Wheatears, Lanners. Mediterranean brush…

Read More

Outdoor in Maratea and Lagonegrese

Outdoor in Maratea and Lagonegrese Maratea is not just about the sea; or rather, there is so much sea that your eyes are drawn inland, to the mountain, and the many attractions of Lagonegrese where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The territory has a high environmental value; the Pollino National Park and the National Park of the Appennino Lucano Lagonegrese Val D’Agri cross here, and many operators with their various activities make it the gateway to outdoor tourism in the Basilicata region. There are a whole host of activities to take part in, from climbing to horse-riding,…

Read More

Outdoor activities, nature and fun in Basilicata!

Basilicata is a unique, open-air ‘sports hall’ for those looking for hiking and walking holidays and excursions, but also for sports enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. In the spring, the region’s mountain landscapes, stretching from the hills around Matera up to the Ionian coast, are perfect to explore on foot, by bike or mountain bike. The region is perfectly suited also for horse riding, paragliding, orienteering and exhilarating climbing on the rocky peaks located mostly in the province of Potenza, along the Lucanian Apennines, from North to South, up to the Pollino National Park. Also sport…

Read More

Basilicata parks and nature

Basilicata's strong point is certainly its varied landscape: in addition to protected areas, expanses of meadows and sunny fields, evocative gullies and immense dams, Basilicata has two national parks, the Lucan side of the Pollino Park and the Appennino Park Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese, and two regional parks, the Natural Park of Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti Lucane and the Natural History Archaeological Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. The regional nature reserves occupy a large part of the territory between green natural walls and abundant river waters and natural…

Read More

Pollino Outdoor Park

The Pollino Outdoor Park was born in San Costantino Albanese, in the province of Potenza, and is set in an attractive forest of turkey oaks, and is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance of the town. The Adventure Park boasts a series of outdoor physical activities where you can have fun in total safety, moving from tree to tree by means of suspended platforms, steel cables, Tibetan bridges, Tyrolean traverses (pulleys), ropes and ladders, testing your balance and concentration as well as getting some exercise. All the routes require the use of safety equipment, consisting of a…

Read More

THE REGIONAL NATURE RESERVE AND WWF OASIS OF PANTANO LAKE

Located just a few kilometres from the regional capital and serving as a meeting place for nature lovers, in the municipality of Pignola lies the outstanding regional nature reserve and WWF Oasis of Pantano lake. This protected area is very popular, all year round, among jogging and walking enthusiasts, and it also hosts marathons and sports competitions of national and international level. Offering nature tracks provided with piers and sighting spots, it is the ideal location for bird-watching enthusiasts and for those looking for mountain bike routes. There is also an area to practice…

Read More

Sport attractions in Basilicata: skiing, golfing, rowing and much more

Thanks to its skiing resorts, golf courses, sailing centres and nature areas suitable for every kind of sport, Basilicata meets the needs and passions of all sport lovers looking for new challenges and exhilarating activities. In Basilicata you are sure to find something exciting: you can experience a boat race on Montecotugno Lake, in the municipality of Senise, at the heart of the Pollino National Park, or enjoy sailing courses designed for sailing lovers both on the Ionian and the Thyrrenian Coast, which also offer plenty of beautiful diving sites ready to be discovered. In autumn and…

Read More