The Lucanian Dolomites
This excursion takes us to the beautiful, medieval, mountain-top villages, of Castelmezzano & Pietrapertosa, which are nestled amongst the jagged, sharp-toothed Dolomiti Lucane mountains (a much smaller version of their North Italian counterpart). Both towns are situated in the heart of the Gallipoli Cognato National Park & offer stunning panoramas of the surrounding countryside: a mixture of small, steep mountains, valleys, rolling hills and farm-land. Here, we'll take in the breathtaking scenery as we stroll through the narrow, winding streets of Pietrapertosa, where we'll visit the ruins of a medieval Saracen/Norman fortress & then walk the 2 km. "Path of Seven Stones", originally an old shepherd's trail, to Castelmezzano. The "seven stones" refer to the 7 contemporary stone installation pieces that line this nature path.
Then we'll have a liesurely lunch in a charming local restaurant, with a delicious sampling of the area's traditional cuisine before exploring the village & then heading back to Matera.
Cost: the cost varies depending on how transportation is organized and group size. Contact me by email for an estimate.
Final price includes: (transportation, if necessary), tours of both Pietrapertosa & Castelmezzano and lunch.
Duration: this is a full day excursion. We generally leave Matera at 8:30 a.m. & are back by 6:30 p.m. (return times are approximate)
Level of difficulty: moderate. *Cross-trainer shoes or light hiking boots with good traction are a must!