Unspoilt places, sleepy villages and enchanting beaches
The province of Potenza, in Basilicata, is an authentic area distinguished by anincredible variety of landscapes.
Nestled between the Apennines and overlooking the Basento river valley, Potenza can be explored entirely on foot. Built vertically, it is equipped with a series of escalators that make it easier to get around. The historical centre, mostly pedestrianised, is an all-Italian cross-section of history and culture. Don't miss Via Pretoria, the Church of St Michael Archangel and the Temple of St Gerard, the city's patron saint. For a bit of socialising, head for Piazza Mario Pagano, the most famous square in Potenza and a meeting place for the locals.
The town of Venosa, also known as the city of Horace, is one of the region's main attractions with its great variety of monuments, experiences and activities. From the Aragonese Castle to the Abbey of the Holy Trinity via the thermal baths and the house of the great poet of Imperial Rome are just some of the must-sees.
The only outlet to the sea in the province is the coast of Maratea, butit is the entire area around Potentino that is full of surprises, especially naturalistic ones. Set off from Vulture, an extinct volcano located in the northern part of the province, and then head for the Monticchio Lakes and the San Fele Waterfalls also located in the area.
One experience to put on your agenda, especially if you are an adrenaline junkie, is the Flight of the Angel. In fact, it is carried out at an altitude of approximately 1100 to 800 metres above sea level. The length is about 1452 metres and speeds close to 130 km/h can be reached. Cardiopalma assured.
Finally, the crowning glory, the Pollino National Park. This time we are in the southern area of the province of Potenza, specifically between Basilicata and Calabria between the provinces of Cosenza, Potenza and Matera. Here, trekking at altitude is an almost mystical experience.