sabato 17 maggio 2014

The Lucanian Dolomites: Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa

Two villages, similar but different, joined by two steel cables. 
This is my definition of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa on the Lucanian Dolomites.

I discovered these beautiful places thanks to Volo dell'Angelo (Angel Flight), and afterwards I strolled around the villages, adrenaline coursing through my veins and a smile on my face.

These two pictoresque villages, separated by a deep canyon, are high in the Lucanian Dolomites. 
In fact, Pietrapertosa is the highest town in Basilicata.
The villages are surrounded by a clutch of sandstone peaks whose striking shapes have evocative nicknames such as the Owl or, even better, the Great Mother.

I decided to set off from Pietrapertosa; from that peak, near the ruins of the Saracen-Norman Fortress, I started my "Angel Flight".
The heart of the village is dotted with ancient mansions with splendid portals and lovely wrought iron balconies. 
While walking up the step path, you can catch glimpses of the deep valley and on the village perched high on the opposite side of it.

Once I got on the "other side", I strolled the narrow streets of Castelmezzano and fella great sens of peace and quiet. 
It's what trendy people would call "slow village", a nice place to slow down!
Perched on the crags and peaks of the Lucanian mountains, the village of Castelmezzano is defended and protected by its most original feature, the entrance, which is through a tunnel carved into the rock.

Castelmezzano is a place where you can wander around, talk to the locals and admire the views of the valley from many lookout points.
Ubicazione: 85010 Castelmezzano PZ, Italia

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