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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Pollino National Park

Nature at its best Picture a wonderful natural backdrop that ranges from soaring mountains to lush forests, home to one of the most interesting and varied wildlife in Southern Italy: this is Pollino National Park. The park offers an incredibly varied landscape, where man has a very close, centuries-old relationship with nature. The emblem of the park is the Pino Loricato (Bosnian Pine): you can find some specimens in Orsomarso forests, at the foot of Mount Palanuda. In Rotonda, the Pollino’s main hub and official tourist office, you will find plenty of useful information. Nearby, in San…

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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 Vulture Regional Park

Established in November 2017, The Vulture Regional Park is the youngest of the parks and nature reserves in Basilicata. It extends over 57,496 hectares and takes its name from the Monte Vulture, a volcano extinct for millennia of 1326 meters, whose craters are occupied by the most famous representatives of the Park: the Monticchio Lakes. Beautifully reflected in the waters of the lake there is the splendid Benedictine Abbey of San Michele which hosts the Museum of Natural History of the Vulture. This natural paradise is covered in woods, green slopes, immense plateaus and nature tracks that…

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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 Gallipoli Cognato Regional Park and the Lucanian Dolomites

High-flying thrills Scattered with majestic, centuries-old Turkey oaks, scented lime trees, wild pear and apple trees, the Gallipoli Cognato forest is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the whole region. The park is dominated by the stunning mountain range of the Lucanian Dolomites, jagged limestone peaks that seem to emerge from the sea. You can either explore this gorgeous and rich scenery by foot, across two of Italy’s most beautiful villages, Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, or travel across the gorge on the “Flight of the Angel”, an exciting zip-wire ride that stretches between 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

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 dominates the shores of the Lake with specimens of mastics, green olive…

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WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia Nature Reserve

Located in Policoro, the nature reserve is perfect for families. Within the reserve, it is possible to visit the Recovery Centre for Wild Animals (CRAS) and participate in various activities organised by the Environmental Education Centre (CEA), which include forest walks, horse riding on the beach, archery and water sports such as canoeing and sailing.

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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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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…

Read More

Pollino National Park

Nature at its best Picture a wonderful natural backdrop that ranges from soaring mountains to lush forests, home to one of the most interesting and varied wildlife in Southern Italy: this is Pollino National Park. The park offers an incredibly varied landscape, where man has a very close,…

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…

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The Vulture Regional Park

Established in November 2017, The Vulture Regional Park is the youngest of the parks and nature reserves in Basilicata. It extends over 57,496 hectares and takes its name from the Monte Vulture, a volcano extinct for millennia of 1326 meters, whose craters are occupied by the most famous…

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,…

Read More

The Gallipoli Cognato Regional Park and the Lucanian Dolomites

High-flying thrills Scattered with majestic, centuries-old Turkey oaks, scented lime trees, wild pear and apple trees, the Gallipoli Cognato forest is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the whole region. The park is dominated by the stunning mountain range of the Lucanian Dolomites, jagged…

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,…

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…

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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…

Read More

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…

Read More

WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia Nature Reserve

Located in Policoro, the nature reserve is perfect for families. Within the reserve, it is possible to visit the Recovery Centre for Wild Animals (CRAS) and participate in various activities organised by the Environmental Education Centre (CEA), which include forest walks, horse riding on the…

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…

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