Basilicata Grandeur

A remote and rugged landscape.

Untouched. Uninterrupted. Indescribable.

Bike Italy’s untouched and isolated landscapes of Basilicata.  Enjoy biking the beautiful and dense Pollino National Forest. Bike beautiful rolling ridges and valleys in Italy’s most natural form.  Make your way to quiet villages forgotten and most enjoyable.  This is where time stood still for decades and is in no hurry to catch up with the rest of the world.  A bike tour of  Italy’s Basilicata region is unforgettable!

MAP Basicilata Grandeur

General Info

Start/End

Matera/Maratea

Cycling Ability

Avid Cyclists

Siciclando Equipment

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2017 Tour Dates

This tour is now a custom tour option.  If interested, please contact us and let us know your preferred dates.  We can create a tour for your group of two or more.

Visit lovely Matera and the ancient sassi caves
A great Italian bike tour for energetic bikers
Bike the Little Dolomites of Lucane
Enjoy the simple foods of this region – sausage, mountain cheeses, bread
Stay in an Arab borough first established in the 9th century
Discover the enchanting Pollino National Forest
Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Matera!

Arrival in Matera with time on your own. In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sassi cave dwellings and churches.

Day 2: The Bradano river valley and the Via Appia (37.6 miles/62.7 km)

Today we leave Matera to reach an authentic agriturismo, farm hotel. After a picturesque stretch along San Giuliano Lake, an oasis for fauna and a resting place for migratory birds coming from Africa, we will enter the Lucanian countryside.

Day 3: Thick forests and stone villages (30.5 miles/50.8 km)

Today we enter the heart of the tour. We will approach the mountainous heart of Lucania, reaching the Park of the Little Dolomites of Lucane. We will see what remains of the ancient thick oak forests which were so abundant centuries ago.

Day 4 – Pietrapertosa loop (31 miles/51.6 km)

A loop ride that is challenging but rich in panoramic views as you climb to the picturesque town of Pietrapertosa. Then an awe-inspiring route through the dense oak forests.

Day 5 – Accettura and the calanque hills (47.5 miles/79.2 km)

Our route takes us from the thick forests around Accettura to the arid landscape of the calanques, a fascinating landscape with hills created by erosion of the cream-colored soil.

Day 6 – Journey through the Pollino National Park (51 miles/85 km)

Today’s trip will take us to the Pollino National Park. We will first cross the arid region of the calanques, its harsh beauty will make a strong impression. After a brief stop at the oldest Marianist sanctuary in the region, Santa Maria d’Anglona, we will enjoy a long stretch over rolling terrain that will take us to the lovely town of Terranova del Pollino.

Day 7 – Pollino Park and Viggianello (29 miles/48.3 km)

Immersed in the lush Pollino Park, we will reach the town of Viggianello. A stretch which is initially challenging and then softens into a wonderful winding decline. We will pass through an amazing variety of landscapes before we reach our destination.

Day 8 – Maratea (48.2 miles/80.4km)

A long beautiful ride as we head to Maratea along the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will bike over rolling terrain, with more emphasis on the downhill.

Day 9 – Departure Day

Departure with pre-arranged transfers (if included in the tour package). Ciao!

Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.

Testimonials

“The best part of the trip was the combination of everything…the variety of the landscape we were biking through, the exceptionally good food, the wonderful service at the hotels, the people we met….all of these things made the trip a fantastic experience. We loved the food! The hotels were very good. We really enjoyed that they were very different all of them. One of your strengths is the communication beforehand. Any questions or requests are answered very promptly. You have the mix of friendly and professional communication.”

Kari S. A. and G.A.

“Siciclando is a company that pays attention to detail.  Whether a small or large group or customized tour, Siciclando is extremely accommodating.  I would not hesitate to use you again.”

Ginger C.

Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour for the “guided” version (please, ask us the hotel list for the “self guided” version which, due to the logistic, may be different).

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

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Meet The Team!
Dario CarzanCompany FounderDario is the master of tiramisu and the visionary behind Siciclando. H...
Giuseppe CrinòCompany FounderGiuseppe loves to bike and he is responsible for our custom tours &...