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Like Castelmezzano, Pietrapertosa is a village, perched on the Small Lucanian Dolomites and immersed in the Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato. The enchanting village is built entirely on bare rock, almost set as the most precious of stones. It can be reached along the only main road and is revealed behind the large rock mass that is located right at the entrance.
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About the village

Pietrapertosa, the ancient Pietraperciata seems to have arisen in the VIII century b.c. by the Pelasgi.
The Pelasgi remained until the arrival of the Greeks, that from the coast is pushed toward the inside to bring their goods and their manufactured articles.
Gave a new form to the village: the sistemarono to amphitheater at the foot of the rocks, well sheltered from three sides, widening the defensive system created by the Pelasgi.

At the time of the invasions of Hannibal, Pietrapertosa came the Romans, drove out the Greeks and did the country their Curtis and their Oppidum. Built bridges and roads and left the remembrance of their language that we find in the dialect pietrapertosano, words and phrases in Latin, even if volgarizzate, as scola, pupa, longa, crai, pscrai.

With the fall of Rome began the barbarian invasions to Pietrapertosa. Were the Goths and the Longobards, were the Byzantines with Lucas who remained masters of this territory for more than twenty years.
Then came another people, that Norman with which Pietrapertosa has a period of power and splendour.

The Normanno-Svevo castle, dominating from the top of the rocks the country and le Contrade, preserves the memory of one of their Queen: the great constancy of Altavilla, mother of Federico II. Being the country well fortified and protected is passed to the construction of the first public buildings and civilians. The accounts moved in the town and at the walls we had to build their palaces, of which still today you can admire the marvelous portals, just along the track of the portals.

On the slopes of the Castle develops the nucleus of the first formation of the inhabited center current, of medieval formation, that keeps, still today the ancient Saracen name of Rabata. Its name dates back to the ancient Arab rulers, which guided by King Bomar, here you annidarono in 838 and made it their fortress.

Warriors, nomads and Saracens, built, their rozze dwellings, similar to true and own fortresses. Arranged in rows from the top downwards, adapt to the profile of the terrain, so much so that, very often, and leaned against the rock, the use as a wall. Had a rectangular shape, with only two openings formed in the shorter sides: the entrance door low and narrow and the other opening that entered in the hostel, from where you could escape in case of danger.
Had neither camino nor window but a hole in the roof acted as a chimney and skylight the so-called "cirnale". The stone walls were without plaster and coverage in stone slabs. They were always placed on a high stairs of access.

Worth a visit the Mother Church of San Giacomo, the Convent of San Francesco and the Castle.
The Parco delle Dolomiti Lucane, between Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, offers a charming panoramas and paths for excursions and adventures amidst nature, such as the Via Ferrata and the Nepalese bridge, the path of the seven stones and the Flight of the Angel.

The last one is a steel cable suspended between the peaks of the two countries, Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano.
It is an attractor of new conception that allows a fruition innovative environmental heritage by responding to a new requirement and to a new way of understanding the recreation and leisure,tended increasingly to live new experiences and to seek new emotions. An adventure in contact with nature and a unique landscape, discovering the true soul of the territory.
Linked with all security from a suitable sling and attached to a steel cable you can try for a few minutes the thrill of flight, a fantastic adventure, unique in Italy but also in the world for the beauty of the landscape and the maximum height of overflying. The thrill of flight you can try on two different lines whose difference is respectively of 118m and 130m.
The first, called San Martino, part from Pietrapertosa (share of departure 1020m) and arrives at Castelmezzano (share of arrival 859m), after path 1.415m, reaching a maximum speed of 110km/h. The fishing line, instead, will allow you to jump from Castelmezzano (share of departure 1019m) and arrive at Pietrapertosa (share of arrival 888m) by tapping the 120km/h on a distance of 1,452 meters.

The path of the seven stones, instead, is a path made of stone and technology, the rocks speak thanks to the memory of a popular history. Tell the story of Vito taken from a love spell, made by a beautiful witch.

Village of Pietrapertosa
Municipality of Pietrapertosa
Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

inhabitants: 1.032 pietrapertosani
Altitude center: 1088 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Protected natural areas:
Park of Gallipoli Cognato - Piccole Dolomiti Lucane

Via Della Speranza 159 - tel: 0971983002

= distances as the crow flies


  • From the Tyrrhenian coast: take the A3 Sa-RC highway. Take the SS Basentana at the Sicignano junction; continue to the Campomaggiore exit.
  • From the Ionian side: take the SS 106 Taranto -Sibari. At the Metaponto junction, take the SS Basentana towards Potenza and take the Campomaggiore exit.
  • From the North: take the A14 BO-TA highway. Exit at the Foggia junction and continue towards Candela. Take the SS 93 Melfi - Potenza. Then continue on the SS 407 Basentana towards Metaponto and exit at Campomaggiore.
  • From Bari: take the SS 96 to Altamura. Continue on the SS 99 to Matera. Continue on the SS 7 until the Basentana junction towards Potenza and take the exit for Campomaggiore.


  • Lower Power Station


  • Naples airport
  • Bari airport

Sleep, eat, buy...

= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies

Travel proposals in Pietrapertosa and in its territory

An incredible walk through one of Basilicata's most charming villages
| Travel proposal valid until: Wednesday 17 may 2023
2 hours | Valid all year round | Max: 15 people
Interested villages: Melfi

Pietrapertosa is present in issue 5 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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