Two amazing gems nestled between the spectacular Dolomitic Lucane, mountains that draw a unique landscape through their rocky contour. Two villages separated by a breath-taking wide valley, to be admired through an exciting and steep flight.
Pietrapertosa e Castelmezzano are essential stop-overs of your tour in Basilicata, by virtue of their key locations which make the villages look like some huge nativity scenes carved in the mountain.
A FLIGHT IN THE SHADOW OF DOLOMITI LUCANE
A poetic landscape that is exciting at the same time, thanks to "The Flight of the Angel", one of the most interesting attractions of the region. It consists of a steel cable connecting the two villages and allows visitors to fly between the two hamlets and admire the wide valley at speeds of up to 120 km/h, on a 800 metres overhang! A unique thrill beyond compare in whole of Italy.
Moreover, there are the historical centres: the U.S. Magazine Budget Travel described Castelmezzano as “the best place of the planet among all the ones which we have never even heard about", whereas Pietrapertosa boasts a Saracen fortress on the top of the village and an antique tradition linked to this ancient community. Both Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano have been classified as two of “The most beautiful hamlets of Italy".
3 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT PIETRAPERTOSA AND CASTELMEZZANO
1. LE DOLOMITI LUCANE
Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano are surrounded by Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti Lucane Park, a green area extending to 27.027 hectares. Equipped for hiking, orienteering and guided tours, the park is an essential stop-over for italian bouldering lovers, thanks to the quality of the stone and the huge variety of areas to go rock climbing.
2. "THE FLIGHT OF THE ANGEL" AND THE IRON ROAD (VIA FERRATA)
The big attraction for thrill seekers is undoubtedly "The Flight of the Angel". An electrifying one and a half minute flight between the two villages at over 800 metres from the ground, you can travel solo or with a partner. The starting position is face down on the horizontal plan and in a few seconds you end up flying over a green stunning valley surrounded by rocky mountains. An excitement that lasts a little more than a minute but will stay in your heart your entire life!
In addition, since 2015 mountains lovers visiting Pietrapertosa e Castelmezzano have been able to walk a via ferrata. It consists of two routes that twist and turn through the Dolomiti Lucane, along canals, walking paths and two Tibetan bridges.
3. ARABIC AND CRUSADING TRACKS
Inside these two villages, between rocky lanes and astonishing overhangings, there are hidden mysteries linked to the past. At the Crusades time, Castelmezzano was an important leg to knights going to Palestina. Marks of this past are spotted in symbols engraved on the facade of the ancient church Santa Maria dell’Olmo.
Whereas Castelmezzano is connected with Templars, Pietrapertosa has a Saracen history, testified by the structure of the buildings in the oldest neighbourhood, well known as the “Arabata”. This name comes from ruins of the ancient fortress built on the peak of the rocks and from a celebration that, once a year in summer nights, brings back paramours, fakirs and old fragrances all over the village alleys.