Basilicata: The Sassi of Matera and the Murgia Materana Park 2021
The Murgia Park was established in 1990 with the name of Natural Historical Archaeological Regional Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. it is, with the Sassi di Matera, in the Unesco world heritage list. today it is, among the spectacular rocky landscapes of Italy, the one that best testifies the ancient relationship between man and nature in the south of the country. The park covers about 7000 hectares of surface and is located between the municipalities of Matera and Montescaglioso in Basilicata, a few kilometers away from the border with Puglia. It is characterized by a soft rock- the so-called “tuff” -which has played an essential role in the shapes. shapes assumed by the landscape, drawing cliffs, valleys, and caves used by the man who settled there since prehistoric times. There are caves of the Paleolithic, villages dating back to the Neolithic, the Bronze, and Iron Ages, all prehistoric sites that tell the human presence, a presence made mostly by shepherds and herders. Always about this world, there are also farms, sometimes fortified, the characteristic sheep pens called “Jazzi”, cisterns, drinking troughs, and wells. A varied and wild nature is the one that characterizes the Murgia Park, crossed by the Bradano River and the Gravina and Jesce streams: the Park includes about 1,200 botanical entities (one-sixth of the entire national flora), some of them are very rare. Evidence of the surprising natural richness is also the abundant fauna which- in addition to foxes, hares, porcupines, wolves, wild boars, and wild cats-includes important birds of prey such as the red kite, the lanner, the buzzard, the Egyptian vulture, and, above all, the hawk lesser kestrel, the small bird of prey symbol of the Park.
Departure dates on request all year round with a minimum of 2 participants (starting any day of the week).
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 2 MAX 4
Arrange for an autonomous arrival from early afternoon (transfer from Bari airport or station on request for a fee). Check-in at the farmhouse accommodation. Free dinner and overnight stay.
After having breakfast, there is a meeting in the riding school and the assignment of the horses. Departure by van and car for 15 km towards the Bosco di Lucignano, inside the Murgia Materana Park. Unloading horses and beginning of the trekking along paths and ancient sheep tracks of transhumance. in the footsteps of shepherds and brigands, through the ancient wood and the dense Mediterranean scrub, we will go back in time to discover the Murgia unspoiled nature, its smells, and stunning colors. A journey through the history of man, Neolithic villages, jazzi, rock sites, and fortified farms where we will stop to refresh ourselves while savoring the typical Murgian products. The arboreal vegetation is abundant and varied, mainly consisting of oaks, fragni, and holm oaks, as well as shrubby and evergreen lianosa: junipers, honeysuckles, mastic trees, and brooms. In the undergrowth, the scrubs, the amazing clearings, plants, and flowers that are some very rare shine, such as the ash tree, the male peony, the one-leaf cerere, the Matera offride, the Trionfetti cornflower, and a wide range of orchids. It will be possible to meet herds of podolic cows grazing and a series of wild animals such as foxes, wild boars, wolves, porcupines, and a varied number of insects and birds of prey. Return in the late afternoon. Free dinner and overnight stay.
Meeting at the stables, assignment of horses, cleaning, and saddling. Departure from the saddle stables, towards the localities of the park called Murgia Timone and Murgecchia, both sites of naturalistic and archaeological importance. You will walk along paths of Mediterranean scrub with sudden views of the canyons of the Gravine including the breathtaking view of the Sassi di Matera, a Unesco world heritage site. Typical lunch at an environmental education center, located inside a pastoral jazzi. Back in the saddle through ancient sheep tracks, visiting the rock churches in the area. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Free dinner and overnight stay.
After having breakfast, depart with your own vehicle (or with a private transfer service to Bari on request).
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021||€ 700||€ 160|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
|Third bed reduction||Not available|
|AR transfer from Bari – up to 4 seats||€ 160|
Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY: °°°° (INTERMEDIATE / EXPERT)
ACCOMMODATION: farmhouse / holiday home
EQUIPMENT: English saddles
HORSES: Murgesi and crossings
GAIT: FROM 6 TO 8 H PER DAY IN THE SADDLE approximately – The ability to control the horse on the outside at three gaits and a good physical condition is required.
MINIMUM AGE: 16 years
MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 90 Kg
TYPE: equestrian stay with overnight stays in a farmhouse/holiday home
3 nights in a farmhouse/holiday home in the equestrian center a few kilometers from Matera. The rooms are modern and equipped with every comfort. Kitchen, coffee machine, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, pets allowed.
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. Less experienced riders can participate by varying the route.
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