Castelmezzano

CASTELMEZZANO

Castelmezzano is located close to the village of Pietrapertosa within the Parco Regionale di Gallipoli Cognato e delle Dolomiti Lucane, south east of Potenza. It is one of the highest villages in Basilicata with clusters of houses perched precariously on a narrow ledge that drops away into a dramatic gorge. The village offers evocative panoramas and is rich in history and tradition.

In the village itself is the church ‘Chiesa Madre di S. Dell’Olmo Maria’ from the thirteenth century which hosts a precious 14th century wooden statue of Madonna with Child, known as ‘Madonna of the Elm’. The ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ Chapel is also worth a visit where  a beautiful Baroque altar can be found. You can also visit the ruins of the ancient city walls and the historic castle Castrum Medianum.

The landscape is ideal for excursions through its evocative scenery, such as the Valley created by the Caperrino Stream, which is the boundary between this village and Pietrapertosa. Along the Stream there are the remains of some abandoned mills.

Volo dell’Angelo (The Flight of the Angel)

One of Basilicata’s most exhilarating tourist attractions and is not for the faint-hearted.This zip wire adventure takes you on an incredible 1452 m journey between the peaks of the Parco Regionale di Gallipoli Cognato e delle Dolomiti Lucane, from Castelmezzano across to the village of Pietrapertosa which clings to a mountain peak opposite.There are two zip wires enabling a return journey.

Castrum Medianum (Castle in the Middle)

This is a Norman castle which was built after occupation by the Lombards, and it was from its name that the town derived its own. Tourists can now visit what is left of the castle; the ruins of its walls and a flight of stairs where people can get a high viewpoint of the surrounding area.