Basilicata: The Sassi of Matera and the Murgia Materana Park
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
Arrive in the early afternoon on your own (transfer from Bari airport or train station on request for a fee). Check-in at the farmhouse accommodation. Free dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, meeting at the stables and assignment of the horses. Departure by van and car for 15 km towards the Bosco di Lucignano forest, inside the Parco della Murgia Materana. Unloading of the horses and beginning of the trek along paths and ancient sheep-tracks of transhumance, in the footsteps of shepherds and brigands, through ancient woods and dense Mediterranean scrub, we'll travel back in time in contact with the unspoiled nature of the Murgia, its smells and breathtaking colors. A journey through the history of man, Neolithic villages, jazzi, rocky sites and fortified farms where we will stop for refreshment tasting the typical products of Murgia. Abundant and varied is the arboreal vegetation, mainly consisting of oaks, oaks and holm oaks, as well as shrubs and evergreen lianas: junipers, honeysuckles, mastic trees and brooms. In the undergrowth, in the bushes and in the beautiful glades shine then plants and flowers sometimes very rare, such as the ash, the male peony, the cerere a resta, the ophrys of Matera, the cornflower of Trionfetti and a wide range of orchids. It will be possible to meet herds of grazing podoliche cows 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 stable, assignment of horses, cleaning and saddling. Departure from the stables towards the localities of the park known as Murgia Timone and Murgecchia, both sites of naturalistic and archaeological importance. We will travel along paths of Mediterranean scrub with sudden overlooks on the canyons of the Gravine with the breathtaking view of the Sassi of Matera, Unesco World Heritage Site. Typical lunch at an environmental education center, located inside a jazzo of the pastoral age. 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 breakfast departure by own transport (or with private transfer service to Bari on request).
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022||€ 790||€ 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
PACE: 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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