Motorbike Route Potenza – Satriano di Lucania

Potenza - Satriano di Lucania: Nature and Culture route

Discovering Lagopesole Castle, San Fele waterfalls, Muro Lucano and Melandro valley.


The tour starts from Potenza, the capital of the region. Second stop is Lagopesole Castle, the imposing castle of Lagopesole is strategically located on a hillside overlooking the historic Via Herculea (Heraklean Way) that leads from Melfi to Poten- za. Its name derives from the presence of a lake which was drained at the beginning of twentieth century.
Procedendo in direzione Melfi si raggiunge il comune di San Fele, ted in the northernmost area of the Basilicata region, San Fele sits on the slopes of Monte Castello and Monte Torretta at 872 metres above sea level. Not far from the town is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pierno, a place of worship and prayer nestled in the greenery of the Santa Croce woods. A large area of chestnut and beech trees provide the backdrop to one of the most fascinating naturalistic resources in Basilicata, the famous San Fele waterfalls.
Then there is Muro Lucano, Mentioned on the list of the one hundred most beautiful towns in Italy, Muro Lucano captures the interest of visitors with its artistic and scenic beauty. The small houses of Borgo Pianello frame the magnificent medieval castle, whose original appearance has been visibly modified, expanded and fortified over the centuries, leaving little trace of its early medieval style.
The next stop is Balvano, the city’s castle stands in a dominating position on a rocky spur, preserving the remains of two watchtowers belonging to the original structure.
Next stop is Sant’Angelo le Fratte,Sant’Angelo Le Fratte is a historic village nestled in green nature, between olive groves, wheat fields and vineyards. There are over 100 cellars dug into the rock, which are still used by locals to pre- serve wine and cheese, thus ear.
The ancient medieval town of Brienza is situated at the meeting point between Val d’Agri and the Melandro valley in the Appennino Lucano National Park, surrounded by an immense wealth environmental and scenic beauty.
The town’s Lombard origins are evident in the root of its name, “Burg”, a fortified place derived from the latin “Burgentia”, although it is thought that the first inhabited centre could date back to the seventh century AD.
Then Sasso di Castalda The small town of Sasso di Castalda looms over the ruggedness of the Appennino lucano at 940 metres above sea level, and takes its name from the presence of a large rocky mass that shields the town. Visitors can admire and experience these places from above by walking across the “Ponte alla Luna” (Bridge to the Moon), a Tibetan bridge on the banks of the Fosso Arenazzo suspended at a height of 100 metres and measuring 300 metres in length. .
Last stop is Satriano di Lucania, located in the southern Apennine mountains on the slopes of three cliffs Castello, Piesco and Madonna della Rocca. The small town of medieval origin is a real hidden treasure trove waiting to be discovered and to enchant visitors. The town features a beautiful open-air museum made up of murals that decorate the huge facades of the buildings, as well as hand-painted frescos by professional painters who have given Satriano di Lucania the title of “Italy’s mural capital” since 1988.