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 region’s most beautiful nature spots of great historical and ethno-anthropological interest, a place where Basilicata’s natural secrets will come out of hiding.

Covering more than 27.000 hectares, the Park boasts the Gallipoli Cognato forest and the Montepiano wood, rich in impressive specimens of Turkey oak, scented limes, wild pear and also apple trees, maple trees, alders and the rare holly tree. The park exhibits a diverse range of fauna including wolfs, badgers, porcupines and wild cats; it is also possible to watch birds such as peregrine falcons, buzzards and the wood nuthatch.

 

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