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Viggianello


Nestled among the highest mountains of the Pollino National Park, the village of Viggianello is an ideal destination for those who enjoy active, outdoor vacations in all four seasons of the year. In addition to its natural beauty, Viggianello enjoys considerable fame for its typical culinary specialties. The typical Viggianello cuisine, handed down through generations, offers the visitor poor dishes, linked to history, that retain the flavors of the past.
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A look at Viggianello
A look at Viggianello
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About the village

The historic center of the village is developed against a rocky outcrop covering a striking and dominant position of the entire Mercure/Lao Valley.

At the highest point is the Castle, most likely built on the ruins of a Roman stronghold that stood to control the vast territory. The scenic beauty and numerous historical and artistic testimonies make this a treasure chest of art, history and tradition.
The ancient village is full of small squares and slarghi, and there are many stonework portals dating back to the 18th century, as well as numerous churches and ancient palaces.

The village covers a central position in the Pollino National Park, an unspoiled place distinguished by the many animal and plant species present. The flora is very rich and at the highest altitudes, on the steepest slopes, there is the Loricato Pine, a very rare species in Europe. Also numerous are the animal species that inhabit the Park among which particular importance is given to the Apennine wolf and the otter, a species that can only live in areas with little anthropization and not subject to pollution.

Because of its strategic location, the village is also an ideal base for wonderful walks to discover the nature of the Park. Just take the path that climbs toward Serra Mauro to reach the Deer Wildlife Area or walk to the Mercure-Lao Spring (the largest in the Park).
Those who enjoy trekking will have to reach the high altitude plateaus: Piano Visitone (1400 m asl), Colle Impiso (1560 m asl) and Piano Ruggio (1500 m asl). In autumn, the forests are rich in mushrooms and chestnuts, and winter, with snow, the mountain becomes a snowshoe (snowshoeing) paradise.

In addition to its natural beauty, Viggianello enjoys considerable fame for its typical culinary specialties.
The typical Viggianello cuisine, passed down through generations, offers visitors poor dishes, linked to history, that retain the flavors of the past.
These are dishes that satisfy the palates of those who love simplicity and the fruits of the earth. Among them is Rappasciona, an ancient soup typical of peasant culture made from white beans, corn and grains.
Thanks to these simple ingredients, to date Rappasciona can be considered among the oldest vegan soups in the world. According to tradition, Rappasciona should be prepared on New Year's Eve, December 31, to be eaten with the family on New Year's Eve as a sign of good luck and prosperity for the whole family.

Village of Viggianello
Municipality of Viggianello

Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

Population: 3.007 viggianellesi
Altitude centre: 500 m s.l.m.

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

Natural Protected areas:
Pollino National Park

Municipality
Corso Sen. De Filpo 22 - Tel. +39 0973 664311

= distances as the crow flies

BY CAR

  • Highway A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria:
    - exit Laino Borgo
    - exit Lauria sud
    - exit Lauria nord
    - Campotenese exit
  • Sinnica State Road:
    - Valle del Frido exit

ON THE TRAIN

  • Sapri station
  • Maratea station
  • Sibari station

BY PLANE

  • Naples airport
  • Bari airport
  • Lamezia Terme airport
  • Red Deer Wildlife Area. Reachable only on foot, walking distance from the village of Viggianello continue on the path of the Red Deer Wildlife Area where with a little luck you succeed to sight deer.
  • Botanical Garden. Walking near the amphitheater City. Are all of the arboreal species of the Pollino National Park.
  • The source of the Mercure. Situated 2 km from the historic center is the larger source of the Park. From the Source is the origin of the river Mercure/Lao. Also the name of the country of Viggianello is bound to this water: legend has it that a queen barbara lost the ring in the limpid water and when his subjects the convened screamed cheerfully saw-ring queen.

Up there in the top

  • Piano Visitone. It is the first plateau at high altitude that meets leaving the provincial road SP4 and climbing toward Colle Impiso and Ruggio Plan. At 1400 meters between the beech forest there is this beautiful and wide glade that is worth a stop.
  • Ruggio plan and the Belvedere of Malvento. From the village of Viggianello continuing for about 20 km you will arrive in the plateau is the most beautiful in the Park at 1550 m asl. An easy trail leads you to the Belvedere of Malvento where you can admire the loricati pines, trees, symbol of the Pollino.
  • Colle Impiso. Located between Visitone plane and the plane Ruggio is a strategic place for all lovers of trekking. From this location depart all the paths to reach the peaks over 2000 meters (Mount Pollino, Dolcedorme Serra, Serra del Prete, Serra delle Ciavole and Serra Crispo).

Picnic areas in the Mount of Basso

The Mount of Basso of Viggianello is a unique place for biodiversity. To reach it continue to locality Gallizzi and follow the indications on the spot. After about 12 km you will arrive in a pleasant place and rich in water. The mountain, between 800 and 1000 meters asl, is crossed by the torrent Peschiera with extensive beech forests and trees of secular Cerri. Ideal place for a picnic thanks to the numerous equipped. To visit absolutely:

  • Fontana Scura Picnic Area
  • Peschiera Torrent Trail and Chiaito Fountain Picnic Area 
  • Equipped Area Santuario Madonna dell'Alto
  • Secular Turkey Oak Trail and Pastoroso Picnic Area

There is an InfoPoint in Piazza Carella, at the amphitheater City, open from July 1 to August 31 all days and during other months all saturdays and sundays and public holidays. Time 9-12 and 16-19.
For information Tel. 39 0973 664311 Tourist Office Common Viggianello.

To the Tourist Information Office is also available the Ebike rental service and the maps of the Pollino National Park.

  • Carnival of Straw. Allegorical Floats and process to Carnival, with bonfire of the mask.
  • All weekends in October and November - The taste of the Pollino. Calendar of festivals and markets on weekends dedicated autumn mushrooms, chestnuts and the typical products of the area, at the Municipal Amphitheater of Viggianello.

Sleep, eat, buy...

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

Events

from
thursday
1
august, 2024
to saturday 31 august 2024

The Pollino Summer

from
friday
16
august, 2024
to sunday 18 august 2024

Feast of Cirii and Billhook Dance

from
monday
19
august, 2024
to sunday 25 august 2024

Sagra della Pitu. Ancient Arboreal rite with a parade

sunday
25
august, 2024

San Francesco di Paola

from
friday
6
september, 2024
to sunday 8 september 2024

Smooth stones Climbing Festival

from
friday
13
september, 2024
to sunday 15 september 2024

Sagra della Pitu. Ancient Arboreal rite with a parade

monday
25
november, 2024

Fair of St. Catherine

from
monday
30
december, 2024
to tuesday 31 december 2024

Rappasciona Fest

sunday
2
march, 2025

With Snow Rackets toward south

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