Not far from Potenza, towards Matera, the gently rolling hills of Basilicata are suddenly interrupted by the peaks of the “Lucane Dolomites” which have been given imposing names such as: the anvil, the great mother, the owl, golden eagle. Looking at the sky it is easy to see birds of prey circling, in fact in the most inaccessible ravines species such as peregrine falcons, red kites and kestrels all build their nests.
Perched on the slopes of the “Lucane Dolomites” there are two really pretty villages which are worth a visit: Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano.
Pietrapertosa - Castelmezzano Km 11
for those who love nature, the thrill and the life of the villages
April to the end of October
FIRST STAGE: PIETRAPERTOSA
What to see in Pietrapertosa
Certainly the remains of the Castle, which offers a breathtaking view, and the district of Saracen origin, called Arabat, characterized by narrow streets, dead ends and detached houses. Also worth a visit is the Church dedicated to St. James of the 15th century.
Time to visit
Two / Three hours
SECOND STAGE: CASTELMEZZANO
What to see in Castelmezzano
Arriving in Castelmezzano is an unforgettable experience. A tunnel carved into the rock will lead you to the village that appears to be cradled by the surrounding peaks of the “Lucane Dolomites”.
Castelmezzano is part of the “100 most beautiful villages in Italy” and wandering through its streets is easy to understand why: houses built against the bare rock, narrow alleys, steep stairs carved into the rock. The center of life of the village is Piazza Caizzo headquarters of the Church of Santa Maria Olmo with its majestic Romanesque facade, clad in local stone.
Time to visit
One hour / hour and a half
THIRD STAGE: THE FLIGHT OF THE ANGEL
Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa are linked from the main road (SP13) but for the more adventurous there is a way of reaching them by flying. We're not kidding!!
Tied securely to a steel cable, you can experience the thrill of flight and enjoy an exceptional birds eye view. The descent can be done even in pairs. This is the Angel Flight.