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To guard this medieval jewel, made of steep stairs, narrow alleys, houses climbing on the rock, are the Piccole Dolomiti Lucane which, higher up, following dedicated paths, the more they reveal an enchanting landscape. From here you can experience the unique emotion of the "Flight of the Angel", to jump into the void and enjoy the enchanting landscape as never before, alone or in pairs, until you reach the nearby Pietrapertosa.
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A look at Castelmezzano
A look at Castelmezzano
Snowy sunset over Castelmezzano, a small village considered among the 19 most beautiful villages in Italy.  | Rocco Verrastro - e-borghi Community
Snowy sunset over Castelmezzano, a small villag...
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DOLOMITI LUCANE CASTELMEZZANO
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About the village

Located in the heart of the Dolomiti Lucane, perched and protected from these imposing massifs of the sandstone rock that the wind and the rain have unceasingly dug in the course of time, Castelmezzano reveals itself in a manner quite unusual.
To enter the country in fact we must pass through a tunnel dug in the rock, immediately after crossing a small groove. This spectacular location, was fundamental for the defense of the village in the course of the centuries, whose origin is given around the X century a.c.

The name derives from the Castrum Medianum (literally median castle) built here by the Normans between the XI and XIII century a.c., and is so called because of its position with respect to those of the neighboring centers of Pietrapertosa and Brindisi Montagna. Of the castle are still visible the remains of the walls, a tank for the collection of rain water and the stairs carved into the rock that allowed access to the highest lookout point, from where it was possible to monitor the whole valley of the river Basento. The urban structure of Castelmezzano, typically medieval, is a rare example of a sustainable balance between natural components and human intervention.

The village is in fact as an agglomerate of concentric houses with roofs of sandstone embedded in a rocky basin: constructions are inserted directly in the rock. There are numerous steep stairs that open between the alleys and that invite you to climb to the peaks overhanging and enjoy the wonderful views of the Dolomiti Lucane. The heart of the city life is Caizzo Square at the center of which stands The Mother Church of Santa Maria dell'Olmo with its majestic facade in Romanic style. Outside the country, paths, stairways and bridges in stone allow to reach the valley of Caperrino, characterized by the remains of old mills, built in dry and whose roofs are made with slabs of local stone, said "chiang" in the local dialect. Castelmezzano falls with its territory in the area of the Park of Gallipoli Cognato Dolomiti Lucane that offers in addition to the pristine beauty of the landscape, the traces of a millenary history for the presence of the megalithic walls of the settlement, named Croccia Cognato, of the IV century b.c.

Village of Castelmezzano
Municipality of Castelmezzano
Province of Potenza
Basilicata Region

Population: 792
Pop. foreign resident: 8

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

Protected natural areas:
Parco Gallipoli Cognato, Piccole Dolomiti Lucane

Municipality of Castelmezzano
Via Roma 28 - Castelmezzano (PZ)
Tel. +39 0971 986166

BY CAR

  • From Potenza: take the SS 407 Basentana to the Albano exit, after the junction continue following the signs for Castelmezzano.
  • From Naples: take the A3 SA-RC highway to the Sicignano junction, follow the Potenza-Sicignano motorway junction to Potenza. Continue on the SS 407 Basentana until the Albano exit, after the junction continue following the directions for Castelmezzano.
  • From Bari, follow the signs for Matera along the SS7 to the entrance to the SS 407 Basentana. Continue towards Potenza until the Albano exit, after the junction continue following the directions for Castelmezzano.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Power station

BY PLANE

  • Naples airport
  • Bari airport

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

sunday
13
december, 2020

Feast in honor of Saint Lucia Vergine

saturday
1
may, 2021

Feast in honor of the Madonna del Bosco

tuesday
15
june, 2021

Feast in honor of Saint Vitus Martyr

friday
2
july, 2021

Feast in honor of Madonna delle Grazie

saturday
7
august, 2021

Feast in honour of St. Donato

monday
16
august, 2021

Pilgrimage in honor of San Rocco a Tolve

from
wednesday
18
august, 2021
to thursday 19 august 2021

San Rocco

from
saturday
11
september, 2021
to monday 13 september 2021

Feast in honour of Sant'Antonio of Padova

sunday
3
october, 2021

Feast in honor of San Francesco, San Michele e della Addolorata

From the blog

ALSO FOR VEGANS The cuccìa is a typical dish of the village of Castelmezzano (Potenza) handed down from ancient times, nicknamed also as a pot of the poor, has as main ingredient wheat, beans, chickpeas and cicerchie. Tradition sees it tied to the celebration of Saint Lucia. According to a legend, once there was a tremendous famine that was decimating the population. On the day devoted to the Holy One in a year and in an place unspecifi...
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