Itinerary on horseback Venosa - Metaponto | 5 Days

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An intense, stunning, and varied itinerary that takes us across the eastern length of Basilicata, from north to south, along sunny lands where the white and reddish limestone offsets the gold of the wheat fields, where gorges and ravines alternate with grottos and channels, dolines and sheep tracks. Then along the ancient roads such as the Appia, the Herculea, the perfumed roads of oil and wine, paths of art and nature, embellished with archaeological sites and fortified farms.

From Venosa, ride the first 35 km towards Genzano di Lucania, an ancient Roman settlement perched on one of the spurs from which you can see the entire valley below, the enchanting Valle del Bradano.
For 30 km immerse yourself in the gold of the wheat fields to Irsina, a citadel where the traces of the medieval past are still strong, recalled by the ancient village and the surrounding walls. From this altitude, get lost in the landscape filled with the colours of nature accompanying the Bradano and Basentello rivers. It’s time to make a second stop, let yourself be pampered by the typical features of the place and give the horses the opportunity to recover their strength for the second part of the journey.
It’s about 50 km to Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019, where you’ll need to stay overnight to recharge for the rest of the journey.
Get back on your horse the following day, skirting the Murgia Park towards Montescaglioso, also known as the “City of Monasteries” due to the four large monastic complexes, including the Benedictine Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo.
Once you have crossed this veritable treasure trove of cultural and religious gems, you can head towards a new destination, Bernalda, a village of undoubted charm where you can admire the vestiges of the past. Now the Ionian sea is getting closer and closer, the salty smell of the sea becomes more intense, the colours change, become lighter, the beaches of Metaponto are around the corner… just a few kilometres and you can ride on the sandy shores of the Ionian coast.


Itinerary on horseback Matera - Pollino | 3 Days

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We are in Matera, with its charm dictated by the spectacular composition of the Sassi. This is where this itinerary begins, in eastern Basilicata, to then move south-west to conquer the peaks of Pollino.

The starting point is Matera, the ‘Città dei Sassi’, where you should lookpath for the towards the lake of San Giuliano through the Natural Historical Archaeological Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. Ride on until you see the silhouette of the Malconsiglio Castle which, erected on a hill, anticipates your arrival to the municipality of Miglionico. Now you can gallop up to Ferrandina, where you will need to stay overnight to let the horses rest.
On the second day, set off on the SP Ferrandina/Stigliano provincial road with a short detour to the “ghost town”, Craco, which in the distance resembles a sculpture of medieval origins. Here you can glimpse the impressive badlands that surround Aliano, where Carlo Levi was imprisoned. Leaving Aliano, head back to the verdant Missanello, an ideal location to stop and taste the typical local dishes before arriving in the “city of wine”, Roccanova. After Roccanova you’ll find yourself in the Pollino National Park. Continue alongside Castronuovo Sant’Andrea and then towards Chiaromonte with a brief stop at the Lake of Monte Cotugno, the largest clay dam in Europe. From here on the route becomes dynamic, with the descent towards the Sinni river followed by an uphill stretch towards Monte Caramola, at 1,100 meters above sea level, and finally with the finish line, at San Severino Lucano,


Itinerary on horseback Brindisi Di Montagna - Laurenzana | 2 Days

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A new setting awaits us, characterised by incredible and rare naturalistic beauty that makes the itinerary unique. A page of Italian and Lucanian history that can leave an even deeper, indelible mark when “read” on horseback.

The itinerary starts from Brindisi di Montagna which marks the start of the route, split into two main directions. On horseback, leave the small town and head towards Laurenzana, where you should take the opportunity for the only long stop of the journey, first crossing a series of municipalities set among the Lucanian Dolomites or surrounded by greenery or, again, hidden in the dense woods. The first stop, after about 16 km, is Trivigno. Continue for another 15 km on an ancient sheep track until you get to Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano. Continuing along the paths intoxicated by the wild scent of chestnut, lime and elm barks, you will reach Accettura. This is a village totally surrounded by greenery, known for the patronal feast “Il Maggio di Accettura”. About thirty kilometres to the west, among the beech woods that delimit the Gallipoli Cognato Park, you will come to Laurenzana, where a well-deserved rest awaits.
The following day the second part of the journey begins, starting at a gallop among the colours and stunning landscapes of the Lucanian Apennine National Park, towards municipalities such as Calvello, Abriola and Pignola, to the final stretch in Rifreddo, a suggestive place that stands in a wood and where you can stop to savour the local delicacies and recover your energy before heading downhill to Brindisi di Montagna and then return to Grancia.


Itinerary on horseback Melfi - Maratea | 7 days

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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.


Itinerary on horseback Valle Di Vitalba - San Fele/Muro Lucano | 2 Days

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This is a circular route set in the north-western part of the region, which can be travelled in two opposite directions with the possibility of choosing which of the two sides to tackle first.
Direction Valle di Vitalba – Atella Starting point, Atella. A convenient choice due to the facilities in the area as well as the encouraging view of the valley that recedes until it is interrupted by the slopes of Monte Vulture. Cross the Fiumara di Atella river, heading east, and continue towards San Fele. The water courses along this route play a pivotal role. In the form of small rivers or waterfalls, they make the walk dynamic and give the rest areas a certain countryside charming, painting a habitat more suited to the horses. Then we find ourselves faced with the three municipalities that occupy the valley: Ruvo del Monte, Rapone and San Fele, nestled between the peaks of Monte Castello and Monte Toretta. Finally we approach the town of San Fele. Upon leaving the town of San Fele, the splendid landscape opens up before your eyes, featuring glorious waterfalls!
The second part of the journey opens with a cheerful horseback ride to an altitude of 1,200 meters up Monte Pierno, home to one of the two largest Marian sanctuaries in the area. Heading up the charming hill, you will enter a dense, lush, centuries-old beech forest. This leads to the well-known Sanctuary, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation that recedes only to make room for the many bodies of water. A few more kilometres of farmland and you reach the castle of Sant’Ilario, a hamlet of Atella.


Motorbike route: Matera - Policoro

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Matera - Policoro: Route Nature and Culture

From Matera to the Ionian Coast

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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.


Itinerary on horseback Valle Di Vitalba - Melfi | 3 Days

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A journey into the past through an area steeped in history, an immersion in the changing and brilliant colours that mark the seasons, a journey through grandiose monuments and unique landscapes! All this is possible by crossing the Vulture Melfese and Alto Bradano on horseback.

The starting point is Atella, an ancient Roman settlement from which you head towards Lagopesole along the SS 93 road for about 15 km, first passing through the countryside of Filiano. Once you arrive at the Castle of Lagopesole, however, a tour of the large hunting estate of Frederick II is a must. Then it’s back on horseback for another 15 km, taking the SS 93 road as a reference, heading towards San Giorgio di Pietragalla, where this time the eye is caught by Parco Urbano di Palmenti park and after 32 km, Acerenza, the “cathedral city”, where an overnight stop is necessary at this point of the journey.
We set off for Forenza, where you can hear legends about the Templars, while on the third day we head to the heart of the Vulture, Melfi. From Melfi the journey continues for about twenty kilometres to Ripacandida, where the Sanctuary of San Donato, with its frescoes similar to those of the Basilica of Assisi, is a great destination for pilgrimages and an object of popular devotion. We then head towards Ginestra and Barile. From Barile continue to the “capital of Aglianico”, Rionero in Vulture, home to countless wine cellarsexcavated in the tuff. The route ends in Atella


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.

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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.