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	Basilicata - the undiscovered South of Italy

Itinerary for Basilicata - the undiscovered South of Italy

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Independent arrival to Matera (train or bus from Bari or shuttle service from airport). Get settled in at the B&B. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Sassi (UNESCO world heritage site), and the historic center: the Baroque town, the Romanesque Churches and the rock civilization (duration: 2 hours). Dinner at a typical restaurant in the Sassi.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Matera

Day 2: The Park of the Rock Churches
A walk from the Murgia plateau in search of the archaeological treasures of the Rock Church Park. This is a walk all around the canyon of Matera, with wonderful views and trails. Pack-lunch in the caves. Free afternoon in Matera.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 4 hours (6 km) / Difficulty: easy
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Matera

Day 3: Cave Villages and Montescaglioso
Here you’ll take a short trip on the Matera Moors to discover the treasures of rock civilization and its unique flora and fauna. You will visit the Grotta dei Pipistrelli (cave of bats), the Jazzo di Lamaquacchiola and the Saraceno village. Pack-lunch in the caves and afternoon transfer by local bus to visit the town of Montescaglioso with its ancient Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo. Back to Matera by bus.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 5 hours (8 km) / Difficulty: easy-medium
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Matera

Day 4: The Lucanian Dolomites
Transfer to Pietrapertosa (90 min.), in the Gallipoli Cognato and Dolomiti Lucane Park. Get settled in at the B&B and the excursion begins. Move on to the Saracen fortress of Pietrapertosa, almost entirely carved out of rock and offering a great panoramic view of the Basento valley. Then on foot from the castle we take a trail that descends to the Caperrino River, passes over an ancient bridge and ascends up to Castelmezzano, all the while being towered over by the spectacular Pietrapertosa Dolomites. Visit the village and picnic at the castle. Back to Pietrapertosa following the same path.
Height difference: approx. 195 m of ascent and 260 m of descent / approx. 3-4 hours (4 km) / Difficulty: easy
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pietrapertosa

Day 5: The heart of the Park
Moving from Pietrapertosa (1052 m.) you’ll enter a forest, cross a river and reach the Costa La Rossa (1026 m.) with a panoramic view in the Park. All around is green up to the peasant village of Accettura, southern limit of the Park.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 7 hours (18 km) / Difficulty: medium
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pietrapertosa

Day 6: Departure
Breakfast and end of services.
You can extend this tour walking 5 more days in the Pollino National Park and the Maratea Coast.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Basilicata - the undiscovered South of Italy
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-FV02
6 days / 5 nights ~$625.00
Dates: April to Nov

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Bari
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