Located just east of Castelmezzano, this picturesque hilltop town is classed as one of the most beautiful towns in all of Basilicata, and also the highest. It overlooks the mountains of the Lucanian Dolomites, and is well known to scare and amaze tourists as the town sits close to the edges of the rock it is situated on, with sheer rock faces on all sides of the town giving it the alternative name ‘City in the Clouds’. It is placed amongst peaks that have been given the evocative names of ‘the Hawk’, ‘the Anvil’, ‘the Great Mother’ and ‘the Owl’. Mainly untouched by tourism, a visit to Pietrapertosa during your holiday in Southern Italy will ensure you experience the Italy at its most authentic.
The town sits on the only main road to an ancient castle. The fortification is dominated by a naturally made arch that was once used as a look-out point and provides breathtaking views. If you are more of a thrill seeker you can also enjoy the view from the high-speed, high-altitude zip wire, the Flight of the Angel .