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Location of Basilicata region

Basilicata is considered as the secret garden of Italy: a wild, little-known land which deserves to be discovered. Once dramatically isolated from the rest of the country, nowadays this isolation represents an incredible motivation to explore a land which has been able to preserve ancient rituals and tradition despite modernity. Here is possible to enjoy a stress-relief experience, based on a more relaxed way of life and on a genuine lifestyle with genuine local food. In this land mass tourism is practically unknown, which means that even today travellers are welcome and treated as guests.

  1. Bari - Matera
  2. Matera
  3. Matera – Craco Vecchia – San Mauro Forte – Castelmezzano 
  4. Castelmezzano – Pietrapertosa – Satriano di Lucania – Brienza
  5. Brienza - Savoia del Vallone di Tuorno waterfalls – Sasso di Castalda beech – Brienza
  6. Brienza - Laghi di Monticchio – Melfi
  7. Melfi – Bari

This itinerary can be combined with Abruzzo & Molise - Along the “Tratturo Magno”

Basilicata is considered as the secret garden of Italy: a wild, little-known land which deserves to be discovered. Once dramatically isolated from the rest of the country, nowadays this isolation represents an incredible motivation to explore a land which has been able to preserve ancient rituals and tradition despite modernity. Here is possible to enjoy a stress-relief experience, based on a more relaxed way of life and on a genuine lifestyle with genuine local food. In this land mass tourism is practically unknown, which means that even today travellers are welcome and treated as guests.

 

This itinerary can be combined with Abruzzo & Molise - Along the “Tratturo Magno”

Itineraries

Day 1

Bari - Matera • Arrival

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Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Matera for the overnight.

Day 2

Matera • Discovering the city of “Sassi”

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After breaksfast we start the visit of Matera, Unesco World Heritage and European Culutral Capital in 2019. Matera has been able to become an amazing example of resilience. We will visit the Sassi di Matera, the old districts of the city that are famous for their stunning their ancient cave dwellings inhabited since the Paleolithic period. In the afternoon we will attend to a cook class in one of the oldest bakery of Matera in order to learn more about Matera Bread, the typical local bread which is made only here. Overnight in Matera.

Day 3

Matera – Craco Vecchia – San Mauro Forte - Castelmezzano • The ghost town of Craco Vecchia and the Carnival ritual of “Campanacci” (140km - 2h driving)

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Today we visit the ghost town of Craco Vecchia and its fascinating and romantic surrounded by a stunning lunar landscape. Then in San Mauro Forte we have the chance to see and experience a day in the life of this ancient Borgo by visiting three farmhouses and talking with local young people who decided to live in San Mauro Forte to avoid depopulation of the Borgo. Here we will discover more about local traditions with the help of a local anthropologist, who will tell us about the carnival ritual of “campanacci” (cowbells).

Day 4

San Mauro Forte – Pietrapertosa – Castelmezzano – Satriano di Lucania – Brienza • Landscapes of Dolomiti Lucane (65km - 2.30h driving)

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This day is dedicated to the exploration of Dolomiti Lucane, a mountain range that hides two amazing Borghi carved in the stone: Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano., We move then to Satriano to discover another peculiar and interesting tradition about Carnival: the construction of Rumita (hermit). At the end of the day we move to one of the best 10 restaurants of the region for the dinner.
After the dinner, we move to Sasso di Castalda for the overnight.

Day 5

Brienza - Savoia del Vallone di Tuorno waterfalls – Sasso di Castalda beech forest – Brienza • Inside the green heart of Basilicata (60km - 1h driving)

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This day is dedicated to two beautiful naturalistic excursions that will allow us to discover the unspoiled beauty of this region. We start with the excursion to the Weterfalls of Savoia del Vallone di Tuorno, one the wildest location in the entire country. Due to the difficult path that was necessary to reach this spot, today these waterfalls and the sorrounding forest are uncontaminated. We walk on the path along the river, between water jumps,, smooth stones overhanging trees immersed in the eternal green landscape. After the visit, we move to Sant’Angelo le Fratte for a traditional lunch in a cellar. In the afternoon we travel back to Sasso di Castalda to enjoy an easy trek through the astonishing Costara beech forest in order to reach the San Michele Monumental tree, a 300 years-old beech. At the end of the visit there is the opportunity to cross Ponte alla Luna, the highest Tibetan bridge in Italy.

Day 6

Brienza - Laghi di Monticchio – Melfi • Laghi di Monticchio and the Castle of Melfi (110 km - 1.45h driving)

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The protagonist of this day is a volcano: Vulture. Its influence, despite it is not active anymore, is still strong today. On its slopes we find the lakes of Monticchio and the Abbey of San Michele. In the afternoon, after visiting a wine cellar and tasting a few glasses of Aglianico wine, we will explore the remains of the former residence of Frederick II of Swabia: the Castle of Melfi.

Day 7

Melfi – Bari • Departure (140 km – 2h driving)

After breakfast we drive back to Bari Airport for the return flight .

Price: from 1.340€ – based on 10-12 pax travelling
For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the “Trip Enquiry” here above.

 

The quote includes: meet and greet and transfer to and from the train station/airport/hotel, transports with private minibus, overnight in 3* hotel in BB treatment, breakfast daily, all the meals except dinner on day 5, wine tasting on day 6, Matera bread cooking class on day 2, all the entrance fees to museums and archeological sites, local tax, local guide where required.

 

The quote does not include: meals unless specified, drinks, tips, Tourist tax to be paid at some hotel directly from 2 € to 4 € per person/night in Matera only, travel insurance and personal expenses. Everything not stated in the quote includes.

 

Group departures:  15th February 2023 (Special Satriano's Carnival) | 26th May 2023 (Special Accettura) | 09th July 2023 | 10th September 2023 | 29th October 2023 (Special Chestnuts) 

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.

The Rumita (hermit) is an ancient Carnival Mask that has become during the recent years the symbol of an ecologist message promoted by the youth of this Borgo, the willing to re-establish the ancient bound with the earth. During the trip we will have the chance to attend to a class where it will be possible to become a tree-woman or a tree-man!