Basilicata: The land where time stood still
This tour explores the undiscovered region of Basilicata in the instep of the foot of Italy. Much of the region is completely untouched by the modern world and time seemingly stands still. We start in the pretty town of Maratea on the west coast before heading inland to the pristine Pollino National Park. Here we stay in the charming small town of Rotonda for three nights, surrounded by its magnificent scenery and fascinating history. The final stop of the tour is the unique Unesco World Heritage city of Matera which, in 2019, will be the European Capital of Culture. We stay in an Albergo diffuso, or “scattered hotel”, with rooms carefully converted from the town's original cave dwellings, each with its own individual features and atmosphere. Our final walk explores the compelling history of this matchless city and the surrounding countryside.
This tour starts and finishes in Naples, but people might choose to extend their walking holiday in Italy by seeing more of Naples, or visiting Florence, Rome or Pompei and the Amalfi coast. For more ideas on where to go visit our City Guide page. For further information on the history of Matera, see the Blog.
"Mick Parsons' guiding, together with his thorough knowledge of all things Italian, made for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I would highly recommend this 9 day hiking holiday in Southern Italy to anyone who wants to do a challenging walk, but who also who enjoys fine dining and wine." Barbara Bayliss
Cost: €2,995 per person
Single supplement: €275
Our tours are genuinely all-inclusive - learn more about what we offer.
- 8 nights’ accommodation in 3 delightful hotels
- 2 experienced and knowledgeable guides to look after your every need and bring this stunning area to life
- All meals including wine
- Gourmet picnic lunches each day and snacks en route
- Dinner in a variety of superb restaurants
- Museum visits and wine/food tastings as per itinerary
- Support vehicle, enabling you to walk as little or as much of the trail as you please
- Transport to/from Naples in air-conditioned minibus
- Comprehensive pre-trip information
- Luggage transported for you so all you need to carry is a small backpack with water etc.
- Sleep in a cave in the Unesco World Heritage city of Matera
- Hike in the spectacular and untouched Pollino National Park
- Discover spellbinding wonders of this ancient land
Terrain: We walk on mule tracks, forest paths and rugged mountain trails as well as hiking in open pastures. There are some significant ascents and descents on this tour, with some up to 700m.
Shortest/Longest Day: 8km/4.9 miles: 16.5km/10.2 miles
Some of our tours are more challenging than others, so see how we grade our hikes to make sure you choose the right one for you. If you are interested in this tour, then you might also like to take a look at Austria and the Dolomites, France and Italy, or The Best of the Italian Alps
Locanda delle Donne Monache: 4-star hotel in former convent in old town of Maratea with a swimming pool
Il Borgo Ospitale: A "scattered hotel" spread across different buildings in Rotonda, in the heart of the Pollino National Park
Le Grotte della Cività: Sister hotel to the stunning Sextantio hotel where we stay on our Abruzzo tour, this hotel’s rooms are converted from Matera’s original cave dwellings