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TOUR - Matera and Castelmezzano (Dolomiti Lucane National Park)
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TOUR - Matera and Castelmezzano (Dolomiti Lucane National Park)

Welcome to Matera (Unesco World Heritage) and Basilicata.<br><br>"In the Sassi caves is concealed the capital of the peasants, its heart hidden in their ancient civilization. Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty"<br>People have been settling here for a long time: Matera is often cited as one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world.<br>Its districts of ancient cave dwellings, "Sassi", were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993 and are now one of the main italian attraction.<br>Now Matera is ready to be the European capital of the culture 2019.<br><br>Basilicata region is not only Matera: one of its hidden treasures is Dolomiti Lucane Ntl Park and Castelmezzano, a beautiful village.<br>Part of the club The most beautiful villages in Italy, in 2007 Castelmezzano was included by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine among "The best places you've never heard of"
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TheKoolKestrel wrote a review Oct 2019
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom164 contributions198 helpful votes
A great walk between the villages - highly recommended for exercise, nature and sweeping vistas. Especially nice in late October with autumn colour (tho probably even better early Nov) and cyclamen and other flowers in the woods. Much of it was shaded when we did it, and there also a number of nice picnic spots in and out of the sun. We found hearing the music and words from the stones to be evocative and even magical at times but I can see that some would think them annoying. Some previous reviews greatly exaggerate the distance and ascent/descent. We began from Castelmezzano and there is about 200-250 metres of descent from there to the river and about 400-500 metres of ascent from the river to Pietraportosa, i.e about 600-700 metres total ascent. And about 2 kilometres each way. So strenuous but short - took us just over an hour to walk there and just under an hour to walk back (but we are fast walkers). The section from Castelmezzano to the river is rougher than from there to Pietraportosa, which is fairly evenly paved - we found sticks to be useful but not essential for the former. The walk is signposted as Percorso della 7 Pietre and begins about a kilometre outside Castelmezzano, just before the Cemeterio. If driving out of Castelmezzano ignore the road signposted to Tutti Direzione on the right and carry on downhill through bends until a hairpin with a Cemeterio sign - path starts a few yards away. (I think the road its the walk start is actually the one to Pietraportosa but not 100%). There is free parking at that point but it is a bit isolated, also free roadside parking for the first couple hundred metres as you leave town. If coming in from Matera, Potenza etc turn left at the T-junction as you hit town (about a km from the tunnel exit) i.e. don’t go into Castelmezzano itself. If you don’t want to walk back you can take the zip wire or Dolomiti Discovery (and no doubt others) offer a taxi service.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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nigni2002 wrote a review Sep 2019
Carimate, Italy2,646 contributions309 helpful votes
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Obviously it worths less but it is a very nice job to show and make something very nice.It worked. From Castle to Castle nearly 12 km and 1300 m slope for BOTH ways. But you do not feel that streng because it is mostly under the trees and because it is very nice.Take your time and go. In italian there is a story teller registered voice at every stop.That was nice and impressive. The path is mostly well maintened
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Date of experience: September 2019
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BenandBeckystravels wrote a review Jul 2019
Bath, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
A great easy walk between the two villages. Not sure about the talking stones (slightly odd walking and suddenly hearing a recorded story in Italian)... but wonderful views and perfect way to spend an afternoon. Not at all busy.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ike_M wrote a review Feb 2019
Virginia, USA12 contributions12 helpful votes
Along an ancient peasant trail, Le Sette Pietre is a multi-sensory cultural experience interwoven with nature and history. The sculptures, the narrations, and the ancient ruins draw you into local folklore, inside a story of a farmer who fell under the spell of a witch and married her. Each sculpture along the path represents one of the themes evoked in the tale - Delirium, Dance, Flight, Enchantment, Destiny, and others. I found the experience amazing and have since read a version of the tale "Vito Ballava con le Streghe", (Vito Danced with the Witches, published in Italian). Having read the story, I want to go back to Castelmezzano and walk the path again to fully appreciate each of the posts along the way.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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AnthonyGreenit wrote a review Sep 2018
Bari5 contributions1 helpful vote
As mentioned by so many people, the installations are set on a timer instead of using a sensor to understand when a potential audience is arriving, which would have made the experience much more enjoyable.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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