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Basilicata Cross-Country Adventure: 8-day trekking itinerary with hikes to Matera, Maratea, Lucanian Dolomites, Pollino and Lucanian Apennines National Park, the ghost town of Craco, and the badlands!

When Carlo Levi, during his forced journey that led him to exile in Aliano, saw the Alburni Mountains for the first time, he had the sensation of entering another world, a different world where not even Christ had arrived! From the Naples station, we will head towards Basilicata, and around Eboli (does it ring a bell?), in the middle of the Battipaglia plain, you begin to glimpse in the background the angular and imposing shapes of the Alburni Mountains: the gateway to rural life. It is here that Carlo Levi found inspiration for the title of his famous novel: ‘Christ Stopped at Eboli.’ After those mountains, he faced a backward and isolated world. That isolation, which for many years has been the Achilles’ heel of southern regions, is now transforming into an invaluable resource. It allowed us to resist modernity, preserving ancient rituals and traditions, genuine agri-food recipes and products, and a more relaxed way of daily life. We are still far from being a destination overrun by global mass tourism; tourists are rare and, for this reason, are still considered guests.

With this journey, we will explore a wild and sometimes unknown region. The itinerary forms a loop starting in the north-western part of Basilicata, bordering Campania, traversing the interior of the Lucanian Apennines through the Little Lucanian Dolomites. After the obligatory stop in the marvelous Matera, a UNESCO heritage site and the European Capital of Culture in 2019, we will visit Craco, a ghost town featured in numerous cinematic successes. The last part is dedicated to the Pollino National Park with an excursion to the Garden of the Gods, one of the most beautiful places in Italy! We conclude with a seaside swim on the coast of Maratea: the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea!

PROGRAM & INFORMATION

Basilicata Trekking Expedition: 8 Days Across the Apennines and Beyond

DAY 1

SUNDAY – Welcome in Basilicata

Arrival of participants in Naples. Meeting at 14:00 at the central station for pick-up and transfer to Basilicata.

At the gates of Lucania, we will explore the magnificent Pertosa Caves, the only navigable caves in Europe!

Before reaching Brienza, we will stop in Satriano di Lucania.

Guided tour of the open-air mural museum of Satriano di Lucania. Satriano is an open-air museum with over 100 mural paintings frescoed on the facades of the houses of its inhabitants. The collection began in the second half of the eighties and continues to enrich every year. On the walls of Satriano, we will find depicted history, legends, traditions, and Lucanian culture.

Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel

Visit to the Caves of Pertosa
Duration: 1h
The visit is not difficult, and access presents no difficulty. It is advisable to wear a jacket or sweater and closed, comfortable shoes even in the warmer seasons as the average constant internal temperature throughout the year is about 15/16°C with a rather high humidity level.

DAY 2

MONDAY –  Peaks and Tibetan bridges

Breakfast and transfer to the starting point of the hike

Hike to the summit of Mount Arioso.
We begin walking on the trails of Basilicata, completely immersed in a lush beech forest until we reach the summit of Arioso.

Transfer to Sasso di Castalda and packed lunch.

In the afternoon, we will cross the Ponte alla Luna, the highest Tibetan bridge in Europe.

Return to the accommodation, free evening and overnight

Information about the hike to Mount Arioso
Lenght: 9 km
Elevation Gain: +350mt/-350mt
Duration: 3h30m

DAY 3

TUESDAY – Waterfalls and Lucanian Dolomites

Breakfast and transfer to the starting point of the excursion.

Excursion to the waterfalls of Vallone del Tuorno. The exploration of the most hidden corners of Basilicata continues with this fascinating trek in a truly wild and unknown place. Surrounded by lush vegetation, we will descend the entire canyon to reach the Tuorno stream where we will first see the Small waterfall and then the Large waterfall, about 20 meters high.

Transfer and packed lunch.

Trek in the Lucanian Dolomites. The afternoon excursion is dedicated to discovering the two villages of the Lucanian Dolomites: Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa. Starting from Pietrapertosa, we will climb through its alleys and stairs to reach the Castle. From there, we will descend the Caperrino valley, following the Seven Stones trail, and reach Castelmezzano.

Transfer to accommodation in Matera.

Dinner and overnight

Information about the hike to Vallone del Tuorno Waterfalls
Lenght: 3 km
Elevation Gain: +150mt/-150mt
Duration: 2h30m

DAY 4

WEDNESDAY – Matera, its Sassi and the Garavina

Breakfast and transfer to the starting point of the excursion

Semi-urban hike in the Sassi of Matera.
The fourth day of the journey is dedicated to the discovery of the third oldest continuously inhabited city in the world: Matera. With an urban trek, we will delve into the heart of the two oldest districts of the city: the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano. During the journey, we will have the opportunity to visit the cave houses and some rock churches before leaving the inhabited area to explore the Garavina and the Park of Murgia Materana.

In the afternoon, free time to continue the exploration independently or enjoy an aperitif in one of the many typical establishments in the center.

Transfer to the accommodation.

Dinner and overnight

Information about the hike in Matera
Lenght: 10 km
Elevation Gain: +250mt/-250mt
Duration: 5h30m

DAY 5

THURSDAY –  The ghost town of Craco and WWF Oasi Pantano of Policoro

Breakfast and transfer to Craco.

In the first part of the day, we will explore the history of the ghost town of Craco. Through a guided tour of its museum, we will understand why it was abandoned and how it became famous.

Transfer to Policoro.

Walk along the Ionian coast. Crossing the northern part of the regional reserve of Calanchi di Montalbano, we will reach the coast of Policoro, home to the WWF Oasis Pantano di Policoro. Those who wish can also take a swim.

Transfer to the Pollino National Park.

Dinner and overnight

DAY 6

FRIDAY – The Garden of Gods Pollino National Park

Breakfast and transfer to the starting point of the hike
Hike to the Garden of the Gods. The sixth day’s excursion takes us to one of the most beautiful and magical places in Basilicata, and perhaps in southern Italy. Starting from Colle dell’Impiso, we will first reach the Piani di Pollino, and from there, we will enter the heart of the Garden of the Gods between Serretta la Porticella and Serra di Crispo, where we will walk in the shade of majestic millennia-old Loricati pines.

Transfer to the accommodation.

Dinner and overnight

Information about the hike to the Garden of Gods
Lenght: 16 km
Elevation Gain: +850mt/-850mt
Duration: 6h30m

DAY 7

SATURDAY – The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Breakfast and transfer to the starting point of the excursion.

Visit to the Christ of Maratea and hike to the historic center Starting from one of Maratea’s symbolic locations, the statue of the Christ the Redeemer, we will begin our descent, offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Policastro. By lunchtime, we will be in the inhabited center of Maratea.

Depending on the booking period, the afternoon will be spent on Maratea’s beach. Depending on the season, you may have the opportunity to swim and perhaps visit another cove near the black sand beach.

Transfer to accommodations (Trecchina or Maratea depending on the period and availability)

Information about the hike from the Christ to the center of Maratea
Lenght: 4 km
Elevation Gain: -650mt
Duration: 1h30m

PRICES

PRICE starting from €1497.00
per person double occupancy

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
+ 300,00€


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Pay a 20% deposit to secure your place.

Booking period

from April to October 2024

Activities forIndependent travelers, Groups, Couples

What does the payment of the booking include?

Included

  • Hiking guide service for 8 days
  • 7 half-board accommodations with dinner in hotels, agriturismo, and refuges in double or triple rooms
  • 6 packed lunches and 2 light lunches with local products
  • All planned entrance fees
  • All transfers
  • Tourist assistance and agency fees

What is not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Additional charges

Everything that is not included in the “what’s included” section

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