Motorbike route: Matera - Policoro

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Matera - Policoro: Route Nature and Culture

From Matera to the Ionian Coast

Legenda

The route starts from Matera, the city of the Sassi. A magical land, where the past and future intertwine in a whirlwind of beauty, catapulting unsuspecting visitors into a dimension that exists beyond time.
The second stop is Montescaglioso. Part of the archaeological area of “Parco delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano” (Park of the Rupestrian churches in Matera), Montescaglioso is home to four monastic complexes and is thus known as the town of monasteries. Among these, the Benedictine abbey of San Michele Arcangelo is one of the most important centres of monastic culture and spirituality in Southern Italy.
Metaponto, ocated on the plain of Metapontino, between the Bradano and Basento rivers.oday, Metaponto is part of a vast archaeological area that includes the Temple of the Tavole Palatine, dating back to the sixth century BC.
The ruins of the temple, which was dedicated to the mythological deity Hera, consist of 15 columns (although there were originally 32) and Doric capitals.
Before the arrival to the ionian coast, there is Craco, nestled in the silence of the gullies, surrounded by a quiet and evocative landscape, is situated on a hill just a few kilometres from Matera. It has earned the name the ghost town because it is uninhabited, but visitors are attracted to the timeless place despite this. The the small abandoned village is now only accessible on foot and accompanied by a guide, and tourists can only visit with a Craco Card, an entry card issued by the local municipal administration. Thousands of visitors come to Craco periodically, attracted by its singular beauty and intrigued by its mysterious features.
The next stop is Aliano, surrounded by the harsh and evocative landscape of the gullies, is perched on a clay spur, dominated by the Agri Valley and the Sauro stream. Aliano is remembered as the place where Carlo Levi spent his period of exile from 1935 to 1936, and is also well known for inspiring the most beautiful dedication from his famous book “Christ stopped at Eboli”.
Valsinni, the new settlement is situated along the banks of the Sinni River, while the medieval village, which enjoys a wonderful panorama of the entire valley, is crowned by the emblematic feudal castle, the setting of the sad story of Isabella Morra.
In the fertile and sunlit Metapontino plain, drenched by the Ionian sea, lies Policoro, whose name means “spacious” in ancient Greek.It is currently one of the largest and most economically important towns in the province of Matera. The National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, with the Sanctuary of Demetra and the Dionysus Temple, the unspoilt nature of the Pantano woods and the golden beaches of the Ionian coast are just some of the must-see tourist attractions that provide the setting for a “young” ancient Greek colony.


Motorbike route: Matera - Melfi

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Matera - Melfi, Tour Culture

From Matera to Melfi, trough cultural and naturalistic sites

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The tour starts from Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019. not far from Matera, lies the Crypt of Original Sin, also known as the “Cave of One Hundred Saints,” the oldest and most prestigious testimony of rupestrian heritage in southern Italy. It is called the “Sistine Chapel of Rupestrian Art”.
Irsina,a town home to a wealth of art and culture, is considered the “citadel of the Archives” because it is home to various types of documentary heritage at the Diocesan Archives, the Municipal Archives, the Nugent Archives and the D’Amato Cantorio Archives.
Going to the north of the region, there is Acerenza, is known as the Cathedral Town because of the imposing and majestic cathedral situated within the historic centre. A monument of national interest dating back to the eleventh century, it is surrounded by houses, alleys, squares and staircases.
The next stop is Venosa, town located in the volcanic region of Monte Vulture, a corner of Basilicata surrounded by high ground and natural vegetation. Venosa, the birthplace of the poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, is remembered as the Town of Horace.
The splendid Aragonese castle built in 1470 by Duke Pirro del Balzo is worth a visit. The National Archaeological Museum of Venosa is housed within the underground rooms of the castle.
Ripacandida, built on the slopes of a cliff in the Vulture area, stands out for its white limestone houses. This small town can be considered one of the most important places of worship in Basilicata thanks to the presence of the ancient sanctuary of San Donato vescovo.
Before the arrival in Melfi, there are Monticchio Lakes, A charming tourist attraction located in the Vulture area, consisting of two volcanic lakes, one bigger than the other.
The route ends in Melfi, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Italy dominates the centre of this beautiful town.


Motorbike route Maratea - Scanzano Ionico

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Maratea - Scanzano Ionico,  Nature and Culture

From Tyrrhenian coast to Ionian coast, through Appenino Lucano, Val d'Agri and Lagonegrese National Park

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The route starts from Maratea, The only Lucanian access point to the Tyrrhenian Sea, Maratea’s beauty dominates the coastline facing the Gulf of Policastro, between Campania and Calabria. With 32 km of pure beauty, Maratea combines a jagged coastline filled with enchanting coves and idyllic beaches with the pristine vegetation of the imposing mountains.
Next stop is Tramutola. Walking through the nar- row streets of the historic centre, visitors can admire the doorways of the ancient noble palazzos and the small stone carvings of women that adorn them as a symbol of fertility.
A pochi chilometri si trova Viggiano, compreso nell’area naturale del Parco dell’Appennino Lucano e circondato da un’atmosfera magica fatta di boschi con numerose essenze e da una fauna ricca e varia. Identificata come la Città dell’arpa e della musica, Viggiano è il fulcro di un’antica tradizione musicale di grande fascino, quella appunto dell’Arpa popolare italiana.

Nest stop Aliano, Surrounded by the harsh and evocative landscape of the gullies, Aliano is perched on a clay spur, domi- nated by the Agri Valley and the Sauro stream. Aliano is remembered as the place where Carlo Levi spent his period of exile from 1935 to 1936, and is also well known for inspiring the most beautiful dedication from his famous book “Christ stopped at Eboli”.
Before the arrival to the Ionian coast, the stop is at Craco, Nestled in the silence of the gullies, surrounded by a quiet and evocative landscape, Craco is situated on a hill just a few kilometres from Matera. It has earned the name the ghost town because it is uninhabited, but visitors are attracted to the timeless place despite this.
The next stop is Tursi, is the birthplace of Albino Pierro. Not far from Tursi, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Regina di Anglona was declared a National Monument in 1931 and is worth a visit.
In the fertile and sunlit Metapontino plain, drenched by the Ionian sea, lies Policoro, whose name means “spacious” in ancient Greek. In fact, the Greek exiles founded two of the most important colonies in southern Italy in this area. It is currently one of the largest and most economically important towns in the province of Matera. The National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, with the Sanctuary of Demetra and the Dionysus Temple, the unspoilt nature of the Pantano woods and the golden beaches of the Ionian coast are just some of the must-see tourist attractions that provide the setting for a “young” ancient Greek colony.
The last stop of the route is Scanzano Jonico, the most recently established town in the province of Matera. Thanks to its mild climate and fertile soil, Scanzano Jonico is known for its extensive citrus, kiwi and vegetable plantations, which earned it the nickname “Little Southern California”. The dunes offer an area of great natural interest, where Mediterranean scrubs thrive and marvellous marine turtles return to the unspoilt Ionian beaches every year to lay their eggs.


Motorbike Route Potenza - Satriano di Lucania

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Potenza - Satriano di Lucania: Nature and Culture route

Discovering Lagopesole Castle, San Fele waterfalls, Muro Lucano and Melandro valley.

Legenda

The tour starts from Potenza, the capital of the region. Second stop is Lagopesole Castle, the imposing castle of Lagopesole is strategically located on a hillside overlooking the historic Via Herculea (Heraklean Way) that leads from Melfi to Poten- za. Its name derives from the presence of a lake which was drained at the beginning of twentieth century.
Procedendo in direzione Melfi si raggiunge il comune di San Fele, ted in the northernmost area of the Basilicata region, San Fele sits on the slopes of Monte Castello and Monte Torretta at 872 metres above sea level. Not far from the town is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pierno, a place of worship and prayer nestled in the greenery of the Santa Croce woods. A large area of chestnut and beech trees provide the backdrop to one of the most fascinating naturalistic resources in Basilicata, the famous San Fele waterfalls.
Then there is Muro Lucano, Mentioned on the list of the one hundred most beautiful towns in Italy, Muro Lucano captures the interest of visitors with its artistic and scenic beauty. The small houses of Borgo Pianello frame the magnificent medieval castle, whose original appearance has been visibly modified, expanded and fortified over the centuries, leaving little trace of its early medieval style.
The next stop is Balvano, the city’s castle stands in a dominating position on a rocky spur, preserving the remains of two watchtowers belonging to the original structure.
Next stop is Sant’Angelo le Fratte,Sant’Angelo Le Fratte is a historic village nestled in green nature, between olive groves, wheat fields and vineyards. There are over 100 cellars dug into the rock, which are still used by locals to pre- serve wine and cheese, thus ear.
The ancient medieval town of Brienza is situated at the meeting point between Val d’Agri and the Melandro valley in the Appennino Lucano National Park, surrounded by an immense wealth environmental and scenic beauty.
The town’s Lombard origins are evident in the root of its name, “Burg”, a fortified place derived from the latin “Burgentia”, although it is thought that the first inhabited centre could date back to the seventh century AD.
Then Sasso di Castalda The small town of Sasso di Castalda looms over the ruggedness of the Appennino lucano at 940 metres above sea level, and takes its name from the presence of a large rocky mass that shields the town. Visitors can admire and experience these places from above by walking across the “Ponte alla Luna” (Bridge to the Moon), a Tibetan bridge on the banks of the Fosso Arenazzo suspended at a height of 100 metres and measuring 300 metres in length. .
Last stop is Satriano di Lucania, located in the southern Apennine mountains on the slopes of three cliffs Castello, Piesco and Madonna della Rocca. The small town of medieval origin is a real hidden treasure trove waiting to be discovered and to enchant visitors. The town features a beautiful open-air museum made up of murals that decorate the huge facades of the buildings, as well as hand-painted frescos by professional painters who have given Satriano di Lucania the title of “Italy’s mural capital” since 1988.


Motorbike route SS 407 - Nova Siri Scalo

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SS 407 - Nova Siri Scalo: Nature route

Discovering the Ionian coast passing through the Pollino National Park

Legenda

The route starts from Tursi, the city of Albino Pierro to which the Literary Park is dedicated, located in the middle of two great rivers of Lucania, the Agri and the Sinni. Not far from Tursi, the Sanctuary of Santissima Maria di Anglona, elected a national monument since 1931. Its Romanesque-style portal and bell tower are splendid. Inside, the church has a Latin cross shape and has three naves divided by arches and pillars. Crossing the heart of the Pollino National Park, in the valley crossed by the Sarmento river, a tributary of the Sinni, we find the small town of San Costantino Albanese.
Crossing the Pollino National Park you reach the Ionian coast and the town of Nova Siri, formed by a “marina”, a few hundred meters from the sea, and a “historic center” located about 10 km inland.


Motorbike Route Potenza-Matera

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Potenza-Matera: Route Nature and Culture

Discovering the cities of the Basilicata region and interesting villages

Legenda

The tour starts from Potenza, the capital of the region, situated in the upper Basento Valley at 819 metres above sea level along an Apennine ridge, north of the Dolomiti Lucane mountain range.
The second stop is Grumentum,Located within the Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri – Lagonegrese National Park, not far from Grumento Nova, the archaeological park preserves the ruins of an ancient Roman city from the third century BC, featuring a well-preserved urban layout.
Considered the “Little Lucanian Pompeii,” there are three areas of great interest: the Augustus era theatre, the forum and the ruins of the amphitheatre.
Pertusillo Lake is on the way to, Guardia Perticara, A beautiful medieval village situated 750 metres above sea level, in the setting of the Val d’Agri, surrounded by unspoilt nature, streams and watercourses. It has been included on the list of Italy’s most beautiful villages because of its unique qualities.
The next stop is Pietrapertosa, located at 1088 metres above sea level, it is the highest municipality in Basilicata. Entirely built on the rock of the impressive Dolomiti Lucane mountain range.

Through the Gallipoli Cognato and Piccole Dolomiti Lucane Regional Park there is Accettura Adventure Park.
The next stop is Grassano, the birthplace of the artist Franco Artese, a leading figure in the Neapolitan nativity scene school, who is known for donating a nativity scene set in the Sassi of Matera to the Vatican.
The route ends in Matera,the city of the Sassi. A magical land, where the past and future intertwine in a whirlwind of beauty, catapulting unsuspecting visitors into a dimension that exists beyond time.