Bernalda, a magical place steeped in the history of the village | Borgo San Gaetano

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Bernalda

BERNALDA, A MAGICAL PLACE STEEPED IN THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE

IN THE HEART OF THE IONIAN COAST

A few steps from the golden Blue Flag beaches of Metaponto, stands Bernalda with its old town centre on a steep plateau towards the sea and from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of nearby Metaponto and the Basento valley.

HISTORY AND WHAT TO SEE

Bernalda rises long after its nearby Metaponto and Policoro, only around 1497, on the ruins of the ancient city of Camarda, an agglomeration of houses to which the population of Metaponto moved, around the end of the 3rd century B.C. following the destruction suffered by the Romans. Bernalda was founded by Baron Bernardino de Bernaudo, secretary of King Alfonso II of Aragon, who decided to move the village of Camarda to the castle area. After the unification of Italy and the end of the banditry, Bernalda undergoes a phase of depopulation, but in time it will repopulate until the present day when it has become an important historical destination to visit in Basilicata.

The Mother Church of San Bernardino da Siena built on the homonymous square in 1530 by Baron Bernardino de Bernaudo, is characterized by terracotta bricks and Byzantine domes, inside the various pictorial and decorative elements tell the four centuries of history of this church.
Also worth a visit is the Church of Carmine, which houses a large wooden crucifix of the seventeenth century and the Church of the Convent of St. Anthony of Padua, which contains the nineteenth-century crucifix representing a Jesus Christ full of pathos. Continuing the walk along Corso Umberto I, we arrive at Piazza Plebiscito, a garden square whose perspective guides are enhanced by nineteenth-century noble palaces, historical residences of the local bourgeoisie. Well known has become Palazzo Margherita, recently purchased by the Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola, who has transformed the structure into a 5 Star Resort.

WHAT TO EAT

If you arrive in Bernalda you cannot ignore the citrus scent of the orchards that characterize the area.
Fresh fruit and vegetables colour and characterise this small village of Lucania. Other typical products are the lambascioni in oil or the "gnumm'ruìdd", rolls of liver or lung entrails: they cannot be missed on the table of those who love strong flavours, accompanied by a glass of wine.

FLORA AND FAUNA

If you arrive in the Metapontina coast, you cannot miss an itinerary in contact with nature in the Metaponto Reserve, a protected natural area established in 1972. Also known as Bosco di Metaponto, the reserve occupies 240 hectares along the Ionian coast of Lucania, between the mouths of the rivers Bradano and Basento.
Among cypresses, eucalyptus and domestic pines, it is possible to admire the migration of storks and flamingos or the beautiful earmarked grey herons. When you reach the sea, with a bit of luck, the protected species of sea turtle "Caretta Caretta" can be spotted.

To respect these species and the uncontaminated nature of these places, the entrance to the nature reserve is allowed only on foot or by bike. It is possible to book guided tours with the volunteers of the CEA environmental centre.

SEA DISTANCE

The nearest coast is the Ionian Coast and the beautiful sea Blue Flag 2020 of Metaponto, reachable in 8 minutes by car from Borgo San Gaetano, and the beaches of Marina di Pisticci, Scanzano, Policoro, until the not far away Nova Siri (30 minutes by car).

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Sailing classes

Sailing Classes

ADVENTURES

Metaponto is even more fascinating seen from the sea. A unique adventure, thanks to the experts from the certified Italian Sailing Federation school. You’ll be able to experience your first time on board of a sail boat along with your friends during which you’ll even be able to navigate the boat on your own. You’ll sail on a Trident 16’, designed specifically for a safe and fun approach towards the world of sailing. Initially, the instructors will also be on board with you. Afterwards, they’ll make room for you and your desire to experiment and try your own hand at sailing. From the beginner’s course - for those who have never boarded a boat before - to high-sea sailing for the “experts”. This sports adventure is a must.

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Flight of the Angel

Castelmezzano, Flight of the Angel

ADVENTURES

With the Lucanian Dolomites as a natural backdrop, Castelmezzano is a municipality in the province of Potenza and among the most beautiful treasures of the Basilicata region. The spectacular scenery presents itself as soon as you arrive into town. Through a tunnel dug into the rock, after passing an evocative gorge, Castelmezzano appears as a small Nativity scene perched on and protected by the mountains.

From Castelmezzano, you can reach the village of Pietrapertosa, and return to town by flight, in the true sense of the word. The adventure called “Flight of the Angel” is an unusual experience, but one that is full of excitement. Harnessed and hooked to a steel cable, not only can you enjoy the thrill of really flying for a few minutes but, above all, you can take in a view that is mostly reserved for the bravest.

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Pollino

Pollino, an excursion on the pristine mountain

ADVENTURES

The Basilicata is a region that shouldn’t be rushed through to experience, perhaps on foot, in good company, and with a camera at your fingertips. The paths of the Pollino mountain wind along the stillness of shady trails and the ancestral charm of loricate pines. This is a bio-diverse land of an unspoiled nature of panoramas and of unique areas to explore by foot.

Nature lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience one of the most exciting 2,000 meter high excursions, where trees bear witness to the magic of bygone times. During several periods of the year, when the moon is in its initial waxing phase, you can see the stars and planets.

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Tibetan Bridge

Tibetan Bridge
Suspended between history and adventure

ADVENTURES

The Tibetan bridges develop around the suggestive historical center of Sasso di Castalda. After crossing the first bridge - 95 meters long and suspended at about 70 meters in height - you reach the opposite side, on a slope characterized by typical geological formations.

Following a path along the bank of the Fosso, you pass the votive chapel and, in 15 minutes, you reach the Ponte alla Luna - Bridge to the Moon - 300 meters long and suspended at 120 meters in height from the stream below. When you arrive, you can experience the glass suspended sky-walk and a fully equipped belvedere where you can admire the panorama of the surrounding mountains. The total time it takes to cross the Tibetan bridges is approximately 2-3 hours.

An equally suggestive Tibetan bridge can be found in the city of Matera. This bridge connects the ancient Rione Sassi with the Park of the Murgia Matera. This is the easiest bridge to cross, since it is exclusively a pedestrian bridge, therefore, simple to access between the two banks of the torrent. This offers a magnificent view over the Gravina torrent and an unparalleled view from bottom to top of the Città dei Sassi - City of Stones.

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