Bari, Matera and Potenza
Arrival in Bari: visit of the city in the morning. Lunch based on seafood and fish. Afternoon visit to the UNESCO site “Castel del Monte” and the nearby area of the Murgia.
Transfer to the hotel and overnight
After breakfast, transfer to Valle d’Itria. Visit of Alberobello. Typical lunch in the city. Afternoon dedicated to visiting the Castellana Caves.
Meeting with the guide for the visit to the Park of the Murgia Materana: visit to the Sassi, to the Crypt of the Original Sin, defined the Sistine Chapel of the cave wall painting, with frescoes of Lombard origin, datable to the ninth century and among the oldest in Basilicata. Continue to Murgia Timone, the most stunning panoramic area.
Visit to the rock complexes. In the afternoon visit of the Rupestrian Churches of Santa Lucia alle Malve, of Santa Maria dell’Idris and of the extraordinary complex of the Convicinio di Sant’Antonio.
Day dedicated to the guided tour of the sites around Matera. Miglionico, a town dominated by the imposing Castle of Malconsiglio, of Norman origin that dominates the whole valley. It continues with the Pontifical Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which houses the precious Polyptych of Cima da Conegliano and a splendid Norman crypt.
Walk in the center and departure for Montescaglioso, fief of the Altavilla and visit of the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, one of the most valuable monuments of southern Italy and symbol of the city. Transfer to Potenza and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast and visit to the tourist attractions and the area around Potenza: Visit Tibetan Bridge to Sasso Castalda, Flight of the Angel to Castel Mezzano, visit to the village of Pietrapertosa.
Departure for the Pollino Park, with Dinner and overnight stay in Rotonda (PZ), headquarters of the Ente Parco.
Excursions and guided tours in the Parco Del Pollino area, rich in biodiversity. Depending on the preferences and the level of preparation you can opt for more ‘or less demanding excursions and reach places with different scenic and naturalistic features. There are also mountain biking or horse trails.
Guided tours of the Lao River where it is possible to go rafting in the gorges of the river of the same name.
Guided tours in the villages of the park and the Museum Naturalistic and Paleontological Museum of Rotonda, where the restored remains of a specimen of Elephas antiquus italicus dating back to the Middle Upper Pleistocene (400,000 – 700,000 years ago) and other fossil remains of other animal species are exhibited.
Transfer to Bari to return to their destinations.