Rides & Activity

May 20, 2019

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Day 1 = Gas Station on Viale del Basento – 9.00 am

Day 2 = Hotel "Midi" in Lagonegro – 9.00 am

Day 3 = Hotel "Villa Cirigliano" – 9.00 am

Day 4 = Hotel "Palace" in Matera – 9.00 am

Day 5 = Eni Gas Station to Candela highway exit – 10.30 am

BASILICATA MAP

 

MEETING POINT FOR TOUR START

POTENZA

Capital of Basilicata Region and of the homonymous province. Known as the "Vertical City" for its particular urban structure, which presents the historic center located on the highest elevation and the remaining districts placed at gradually lower altitudes; with its 819 meters of altitude, Potenza is the regional capital located at the highest altitude in Italy and is the second in altitude among the provincial capitals after Enna.

It is also known as the "City of the hundred stairs", due to its system of stairs, ancient and modern, which connects the various parts of the urban center: the city has, in fact, the system of escalators for public transport of greater extension in Europe and the second in the world after Tokyo.

 

Day One

Ride 1 “Flight of Angel” –  Castelmezzano – Pietrapertosa (31 km)

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Ride 2 "Ponte alla Luna" – Sasso di Castalda (35 km)

Tot.= 150 km

Flight of Angel – a unique emotion

Above Lucanian dolomites, in the hearth of Basilicata, a steel cable suspended between the peaks of two villages, Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, allows you to make and to experience a unique emotion: the Flight of the Angel.

 

Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano – the 2 stations of the flight

Once in the area of ​​arrival in front of the village, the "angels" will return with their feet on the ground and, freed from the harness, can reach the center of the country first and the departure of the other line then, thanks to a shuttle. At that point the dream will start again suspended between heaven and earth.

The flight will be felt on two different lines whose difference in height, respectively 118 and 130 meters.

The first, called San Martino, starts from Pietrapertosa (starting altitude 1020 m.) and arrives at Castelmezzano (arrival altitude 859 m.) after traveling 1415 m. reaching a maximum speed of 110 km/h.

The fishing line, however, will allow you to launch from Castelmezzano (starting altitude 1019 m.) and get to Pietrapertosa (arrival altitude 888 m.) touching 120 km/h over a distance of 1452 meters.

 

IN ALTERNATIVE TO FLIGHT OF ANGEL THERE IS :

 

THE PATH OF 7 STONES AND THE FEAR OF NEPALESE BRIDGE

The path of the seven stones, is a project that recovers an ancient peasant path of about 2 km, which connects the Municipalities of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano and that develops on variable altitudes, from 920 meters to Pietrapertosa down to 660 meters in the valley crossed by torrent Caperrino and dates back to 770 meters in Castelmezzano.

 The path is inspired by stories, handed down orally between generations and the collective imagination on which the text “Vito ballava con le streghe” (Vito was dancing with witches) of Mimmo Sammartino (Sellerio publisher Palermo).

The stages are 7 and each of them proposes a key word that gives back the sense of the story: destinies, enchantment, spell, witches, flight, dance, delirium. It is in the central stage – witches – that the visitor is offered the whole story, through elements of scenographic and sound suggestion.

The Nepalese Bridge of the Lucan Dolomites is an absolute novel to try !

The idea of ​​walking suspended in a void at a height of 30 meters on a bridge of wooden planks like in adventure films is really tempting and to live this extraordinary experience, surrounded by a suggestive landscape, you only need to reach the Dolomites of Lucania.

The Lucanian Dolomites are formed by steep and sharp peaks that reach an altitude of about 1,000 / 1,100 meters and are located on the top of two rocky slopes, in a landscape of immense beauty.

The two sides of the villages are connected by a Nepalese bridge suspended 35 meters above the Caperrino stream.

The Nepalese Bridge connects the starting points of the streets Ferrate Marcirosa (Pietrapertosa) and Salemm (Castelmezzano), is 72 meters long and is a pedestrian bridge formed by a platform with wooden planks and steel rods. Obviously, in order to cross it, it is mandatory to adopt some safety measures: for example, to be hooked to the lifeline with a special kit. The maximum range of the bridge is 15 people at a time.

On the side of Pietrapertosa the Nepalese Bridge can be reached by a path that passes through the Antro of the  Witches, the plateau that is near the Caperrino stream. Crossing the bridge you find yourself on the Murgia of Castelmezzano, where to continue you must use the Ferrata street.

On the side of Castelmezzano the Nepalese Bridge can be reached arriving at the starting point of the Ferrata Salemm strret, then descending with an additional stretch of ferrata up to the bridge. Once crossed you are on the opposite side, near the starting point of the Ferrata Marcirosa street in Pietrapertosa.

Since to reach the Nepalese Bridge it is necessary to take Ferrata strret, where to practice climbing along the rocky ridges, it is necessary to use the appropriate equipment in the area.

 

THE BRIDGE AT THE MOON IN SASSO DI CASTALDA

 The path of the Tibetan bridges of Sasso di Castalda develops on the banks of the "Fosso Arenazzo" which opens at the foot of the suggestive historical center.

Through the narrow streets that branch out between the characteristic stone dwellings of the historic center, we reach the start of the first bridge, “Ponte Petracca” 95 meters long and suspended about 30 meters high, through which we reach the slope characterized by formations geological.

Going along the path along the bank of the Fosso you pass the votive chapel "Madonna delle Grazie" to reach the start of the impressive "Bridge at the moon" in 10 minutes.

Through a single span of 300 meters and suspended in the void at 102 meters above the stream below, literally walking in the air we arrive at the ruin of the castle that dominates the village from a suggestive panoramic point.

The arrival is a terrace overlooking the bridge, a glass sky-walk, which invites you to catch your breath realizing the path faced.

In the immediate vicinity, from the ancient ruins of the Medieval Fortress, there is a lookout with rotating binoculars, from which to admire the panorama of the surrounding mountains at 360 degrees.

Going down a comfortable stretch of stone staircases, you return to the historical center passing through the characteristic little church of "San Nicola" recently restored.

The total duration of the route of the two Tibetan bridges is about 1 hour and a half.

 

Day Two

Ride 2 – Maratea run

Tot.= 230 km

 MARATEA

 

ROUTE: Maratea – Lauria – Latronico – Episcopia – Francavilla sul Sinni – Senise (Diga di Monte Cotugno) – Valsinni– Pane e Vino (Tursi) – Lido di Policoro.

 

Maratea, remembered for its beautiful sea, is the only village in Basilicata overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Climb up its winding streets and reach the mountain where the location of Christ “the Redeemer” statue is a magnificence. From the mountain you can see all the port of Maratea and, then, the statue is magnificent in its particularity of the head with short hair and barely mentioned beard, similar to the Christ of Rio de Janeiro.

On this 2nd day of tour we will start from the Tyrrhenian side with Maratea and enter the Lucan hinterland with the fabulous dams of Pertusillo and Monte Cotugno (Senise) and the Pollino National Park, a UNESCO heritage site to reach the other side, the one of the Ionian Sea, in Policoro following the "Coast to Coast" scheme.

 

Senise Dam                                                             Pertusillo Dam

Policastro Gulf                                                         Policoro Shore

 

Day Three

Ride 3 –Craco “the gost town” and  Matera with his stones

Tot.= 100 km

 

Craco, the ghost town that makes you shudder! A charming and spooky place. Small town in Basilicata, 45 km from Matera, where you can experience a thrilling atmosphere among the tangle of tunnels, the steep stairways and the houses that twist around the Norman tower.

Evacuated due to a landslide in 1963, it is a real ghost town that has attracted the attention of internationally renowned travelers and directors for decades. The old city is uninhabited, but very suggestive for ths reason. The area seems to be suspended in time, when you visit it is not clear what era you are in, precisely for this reason it has probably been chosen as the location for many Italian and foreign films.

Matera, nominated “European Capital of Culture 2019”, is one of the oldest cities in the world whose territory holds evidence of human settlements starting from the Paleolithic and, without interruption, until today. It represents an extraordinary page written by man through the millennia of this long history.

 

Matera is the city of the stones, the original urban nucleus, developed from the natural caves carved into the rock and subsequently modeled in increasingly complex structures within two large natural amphitheatres that are the “Sasso (stone) Caveoso” and the “Sasso (stone) Barisano”.

 

 

Day Four

Ride 4 – Vulture-Melfese run (Castello di Venosa, Laghi di Monticchio, Castello di Melfi, Candela, Sant'Agata di Puglia)

Tot.= 190 km

Venosa castle (Orazio town)

 

 

Monticchio Lakes

 

The Vulture – Melfese is the north-eastern part of Basilicata set between Puglia, Campania and Potentino. Its territory is characterized by an alternation of mountains covered with chestnut groves and oak woods and plateaus dominated by olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean scrub. The highest peak is the Vulture (1326 m) an extinct volcano whose activity was interrupted in the Pleistocene, which rests on tufaceous and clayey rocks. On its slopes opens the old crater today occupied by Monticchio lakes. The two stretches of water, rich in mineral salts, are divided by an isthmus that preserves the ruins of S. Ippolito Badia. The territory was frequented since the earliest times as evidenced by the fossil remains of the prehistoric site of Notarchirico, near Venosa and the numerous discoveries in the territory of Atella. In the V – IV century a. C. the area became a meeting point for different civilizations such as dauna, peuceta, lucana and sannita until the long Roman domination as evidenced by the remains of the Venosa archaeological park.  The district of Melfi in the Middle Ages acquires even more importance first with the Normans who raised Melfi to the capital of the kingdom Federico II. After the unification of Italy the area returns to be in the foreground with the brigantes revolts. The brigand leader was Carmine Crocco called "Donatelli", a native of Rionero in Vulture who organized a band of 2,000 men, succeeded in subjugating the Basilicata, putting in crisis the government of the Piemontese King Vittorio Emanuele II.  Today it is one of the most dynamic areas of the region, rich in mineral water springs, land used for the cultivation of vines for the production of Aglianico DOC wine, and olive groves for the production of extra-virgin olive oil dop obtained from the pressing of olives of Ogliarola variety of vulture, and for the presence of industries.

THE TOUR WILL FINISH IN SANT'AGATA DI PUGLIA (FG) CENTRAL SQUARE XX SETTEMBRE WITH RECONGINATION OF THE HARLEYSTI OF BASILICATA AND ANGELS ON THE ROAD GROUPS.

AN EVENING ENTERTAINMENT IS INTENDED ON 17TH OF AUGUST  2019 WITH LIVE MUSIC, BIKER FEST AND FINAL AWARDS OF GROUPS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED TO THE BASILICATA TOUR 2019.

 

ON 18TH OF AUGUST 2019  WILL TAKE PLACE THE PARADE ORGANIZED BY ANGELS ON THE ROAD GROUP,  WITH DEPARTURE AT ENI GAS STATION IN CANDELA IN FRONT  HIGHWAY EXIT AND FINAL DESTINATION TO SANT'AGATA DI PUGLIA CENTRAL SQUARE XX SETTEMBRE.

 

AT THE END OF THE PARADE WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THE CENTRAL SQUARE THE EXTRACTION OF 3 LOTTERY PRIZES MADE BY HARLEYSTI  OF BASILICATA GROUP AT 12.30 A.M.