THE POLLINO NATIONAL PARK (UNESCO – WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 2016)
With its 192,000 hectares, the Pollino National Park is the nation’s most extensive national park. Stunning views, woods, rivers and highlands follow one of the most beautiful and characteristic massifs of the Apennine, between Basilicata and Calabria, and between two seas: the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea. Between extensive woods of beech, fir, maple, oak and the extraordinary pines loricati (plant species relitte of the last glaciation, become the symbol of the Park), the large summit ridges give the deepest sense of the wilderness, thanks to a modest and absolutely noninvasive presence of man. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature and observe horses and wild boars but also extinct animals such as oysters and real owls, while the sky will be a constant place to pass for kite, real eagles and capovaccai. Considerable floral influences (including orchids, narcissus, gentian, broom) accompany the rise for over 2000 meters, snow-covered for most of the year. Beautiful valleys are riversed by different watercourses and rare geological treasures are shown in rocky outcrops, deep faults, galleries and galleries that creep for miles in the heart of the earth. Fantastic canyons flow between imposing walls, ideal scenery for canyoning and rafting. The Pollino can be visited in all seasons: in winter, when trails and plains become soft stretches for cross-country skiing; in the spring, when blooms explode in a thousand colors, inviting to hiking; in autumn, the most astonishing moment of color; and in the summer, when hiking, walking and mountain biking are activities that will bring you to discover one of the wonders of southern Italy, as well as one of the wealthiest and varied botanical universes of the whole peninsula.
1 Visit to the city center of Potenza and taste the local specialities in one of the town’s restaurants.
2 Visit the tourist attractions and the area around Potenza: the Tibetan Bridge in Sasso Castalda, the zip line in Castelmessano and the village in Pietrapetrosa. Then you can depart for the Pollino Nature Reserve for dinner and overnight staying in Rotonda (PZ), home to the Nature Reserve’s HQ.
3 Excursion and guided tour of the Pollino Nature Reserve, rich in biodiversity. Depending on your preferences and level of preparation, you can opt for more or less demanding walks and choose those with different panoramic and natural features. Mountain bike and horse riding trails are also available.
Guided tour to River Lao, where it is possible to go rafting between the river’s gorges. Guided tour around the villages located in the park, and also the Museum of Natural History and Paleontology in Rotondo, which has the restored remains of a specimen of Elephas antiquis italicus that dates back to the Pleistocene Era (400000-700000 years ago) and also fossil findings of many other species of animals.
The park extends as far as the Tyirrhenian coast at Maratea. The ski lifts and pistes of Monte Sirino.
HOW TO GET HERE
Naples Airport – Capodichino
Bari and Lamezia Terme Airports
Motorway del Mediterraneo
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI POTENZA