Motorbike route: Matera – Melfi

Matera - Melfi, Tour Culture

From Matera to Melfi, trough cultural and naturalistic sites


The tour starts from Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019. not far from Matera, lies the Crypt of Original Sin, also known as the “Cave of One Hundred Saints,” the oldest and most prestigious testimony of rupestrian heritage in southern Italy. It is called the “Sistine Chapel of Rupestrian Art”.
Irsina,a town home to a wealth of art and culture, is considered the “citadel of the Archives” because it is home to various types of documentary heritage at the Diocesan Archives, the Municipal Archives, the Nugent Archives and the D’Amato Cantorio Archives.
Going to the north of the region, there is Acerenza, is known as the Cathedral Town because of the imposing and majestic cathedral situated within the historic centre. A monument of national interest dating back to the eleventh century, it is surrounded by houses, alleys, squares and staircases.
The next stop is Venosa, town located in the volcanic region of Monte Vulture, a corner of Basilicata surrounded by high ground and natural vegetation. Venosa, the birthplace of the poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, is remembered as the Town of Horace.
The splendid Aragonese castle built in 1470 by Duke Pirro del Balzo is worth a visit. The National Archaeological Museum of Venosa is housed within the underground rooms of the castle.
Ripacandida, built on the slopes of a cliff in the Vulture area, stands out for its white limestone houses. This small town can be considered one of the most important places of worship in Basilicata thanks to the presence of the ancient sanctuary of San Donato vescovo.
Before the arrival in Melfi, there are Monticchio Lakes, A charming tourist attraction located in the Vulture area, consisting of two volcanic lakes, one bigger than the other.
The route ends in Melfi, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Italy dominates the centre of this beautiful town.