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Potenza: trip to Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa

Potenza: trip to Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa

It is the state road 407 Basentana to take us from Potenza, in the upper Basento valley, to the heart of the Lucanian Dolomites, after having touched the centers of Vaglio Basilicata, Brindisi Montagna and Trivigno.


It is the Interpoderale Santa Croce Camastra road that leads us to Castelmezzano.

As soon as we exit a tunnel we see it appear on the left dominated by a group of rocky ridges. A view that leaves you breathless. An extraordinary panorama on one of the most beautiful corners of southern Italy. We are in Castelmezzano.

Castelmezzano

With Pietrapertosa it is certainly the most picturesque of the villages of the Lucanian Dolomites.

Castelmezzano leaves breathless for its beauty, seems to have emerged from a fairytale, dominated by the rocks of the Little Lucanian Dolomites up to which climb steep stairs, winding alleys and the many houses that seem to climb on the rocks.

Of Greek origin, then passed under the Saracens, it was under the Longobards and those Normans who were the architects of the construction of the castle that gave the name to the village, dating back to the XI-XIII century, of which today remains the ruins, part of that heritage historical that we discover little by little during our visit among churches, small chapels, historical buildings and appreciable portals.

The nature of the surrounding green areas is opposed to the village, where flora, composed of linden, pear, maple, alder and Turkey oaks, is joined by fauna, rich in badgers, wolves, wild cats, porcupines, buzzards, peregrine falcons and peaks, masons, nature where to get lost among paths, stairways and small stone bridges. Do not miss a tasty stop to taste the excellent local sausage and the kid with grilled potatoes. Final dessert with the typical and crunchy "crostole" with honey.

It is the municipal road Pietrapertosa Corleto Perticara that connects Castelmezzano to the nearby Pietrapertosa.

Pietrapertosa

We land in the village along via Sant’Angelo that slowly accompanies us into the town. Pietrapertosa is the highest municipality of Basilicata, and with just over a thousand inhabitants is also located in the beautiful Lucanian Dolomites park at 1088 meters above sea level.

The village, built entirely on the bare rock, stretches along the main road that runs to the castle, an ancient Roman fortification dominated by a natural arch, once a look-out place.

In the long history of Pietrapertosa there are the Pelasgi, the Greeks, whose traces are testified by the amphitheater shape of the town, the Romans, who built a fortress where today stands the church of San Francesco, then the Goths and the Lombards, which included Pietrapertosa in the gondaldato of Acerenza, the Byzantines and those Saracens who built their most characteristic parts.

But it was the descent of the Normans and the Swabians to make it one of the strategically most important centers of Lucania. Then the Angevin period, the anti-Bourbon movements, the expedition of the thousand and the phenomenon of brigandage completed the centuries-long course of the centuries.

Centuries that continue to live in the alleys of Pietrapertosa, among its religious, civil and military architecture. Among the religious ones there is the fifteenth century church of San Giacomo, from the original Romanesque structure, with only two aisles and with the imposing bell tower, with inside a precious sixteenth-century wooden choir, the fifteenth century Convent of San Francesco, with inside the seventeenth-century painting of the Apparition of the Child in S. Antonio da Padova by Giovanni De Gregorio, the Immacolata di Filiberto Guma and several other frescoes, then several other chapels including that of San Cataldo, located on a hill.

The true charm of this village in the heart of Lucania is certainly the Arabata, its oldest district, dominated by the Norman-Swabian castle, whose name derives from the Arabs who dominated here for half a century. Visit that leaves us breathless; located in the highest part of the town at the foot of the castle, on very steep slopes and difficult to access, is a maze of narrow streets that climb, resting on the rock that surfaces continuously, including steps, gardens and stables.

Volo dell'Angelo tra Castelmezzano e Pietrapertosa

To enjoy the beauty of this corner of unmissable Basilicata is the famous "Flight of the Angel". A steel cable connects the villages of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano. That allows you to fly over the beautiful scenery of the Lucanian Dolomites, enjoying, harnessed and hooked to a simple steel cable, one of the most beautiful views of Italy.

The evening comes down and the mountains and the countryside accompany us on the way back, while we return to Potenza.

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Events in Pietrapertosa

  • The Du' Masc Festival
    13-06-2020 | Pietrapertosa (PZ)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2020-06-13 2020-06-13 Europe/Rome The Du' Masc Festival This is an arboreal rite dedicated to St. Anthony of Padova Pietrapertosa

    This is an arboreal rite dedicated to St. Anthony of Padova

    Village of Pietrapertosa

  • The Feast of Mascio
    21-06-2020 | Pietrapertosa (PZ)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-06-21 2020-06-21 Europe/Rome The Feast of Mascio the Sunday following 13 June as devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua is celebrated the feast of mascio, a rite that has been repeated for decades. In fact, still today, people similarly to that of yesterday plays this cult arboreal though mutated in meaning and function. The feast of Mascio is articulated in three phases that mark the principal moments of complex scenic action-ceremonial. In the first phase is shot a Cerro, standard tree previously identified and recognized the king of the forest. In the second phase is felled another shaft: a holly, chosen among the most wealthy branches and sheets, said top: the Queen de Bosco. The day of slaughter and transport of the top takes place at the same time also the transport of the tree that, meanwhile, has already been deprived of branches and bark. The Cerro or May, is dragged from different pariglie of oxen; while the top is brought into the country with the crown placed on the yoke of two young cows. The transport processional of the two shafts is without doubt the most spectacular and involving and allows anyone to join, with a good dose of participation on the various actions and tensions that the same transport generates. The third step is carried out in the country where the two shafts are triumphantly introduced and welcomed with great joy, expressed from concerts and supply of wine and biscuits to all present. The next day the carriage, the May and the top are engaged one to the other, almost to symbolize a sort of marriage between the two plants. In the morning it plays the part more properly religious and Christian of the procession of the statue of S. Antonio for the main streets of the village. The last stage of the statue is before the convent of S. Francis. In the meantime the may begins to be erected with techniques that use physical work, in this case with the ropes. The afternoon finally takes place the final phase with the climb. Pietrapertosa

    the Sunday following 13 June as devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua is celebrated the feast of mascio, a rite that has been repeated for decades. In fact, still today, people similarly to that of yesterday...

    Village of Pietrapertosa

  • San Giacomo
    25-07-2020 | Pietrapertosa (PZ)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2020-07-25 2020-07-25 Europe/Rome San Giacomo Pietrapertosa

    Village of Pietrapertosa

  • On the traces of the Arabs
    From 10-08-2020 To 11-08-2020 | Pietrapertosa (PZ)
    Historical reenactments

    Add to calendar 2020-08-10 2020-08-11 Europe/Rome On the traces of the Arabs on 10 and 11 August Pietrapertosa recalls its rulers with the event "On the trails of the Arabs". For two days the rione oldest opens its doors and wears east to enjoy meals of the Arab world, breathe essences and perfumes and let yourself be transported by sounds and music and oriental from belly dance.Traces of the lived experience of these rulers are still today in the architecture, in dialect and in gastronomy.A unique and suggestive to relive their own origins, enhance and discover every corner of the ancient rione perched at the foot of the castle. Pietrapertosa

    on 10 and 11 August Pietrapertosa recalls its rulers with the event "On the trails of the Arabs". For two days the rione oldest opens its doors and wears east to enjoy meals of the Arab world, breathe...

    Village of Pietrapertosa

  • Autumn Flavors
    From 31-10-2020 To 01-11-2020 | Pietrapertosa (PZ)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 Europe/Rome Autumn Flavors The Day 31 October and 1 November to Pietrapertosa we celebrate the Flavors of autumn. During the event you can taste traditional dishes enriched with the fruits of the Lucanian territory typical of the autumn season. It is also an opportunity to discover skills and creativity of local artists and savor and get to know the products of the farms of the place walking along streets and alleys of the village of Pietrapertosa, perched on the Dolomiti Lucane, and admire the uncontaminated nature that surrounds the village, immersed in the Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato and Small Lucane. Pietrapertosa

    The Day 31 October and 1 November to Pietrapertosa we celebrate the Flavors of autumn. During the event you can taste traditional dishes enriched with the fruits of the Lucanian territory typical of the...

    Village of Pietrapertosa


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