PATH Italy drive and stroll secret Basilicata: a self drive and stroll holiday from Venosa to Matera touring and walking through Melfi, Rionero in Vulture, Castelmezzano, Pietrapertosa, Acerenza, Matera, Pisticci e Bernalda

      Drive and stroll                            holidays in Basilicata from Venosa to Matera

Drive and stroll walking holidays in Basilicata.

A luxury tour of Basilicata by car, from Venosa, to Matera and the Greek ruins at Metaponto, cruising through Melfi, Rionero in Vulture and Castelmezzano, hiking southern Italy at your own pace.

A unique self-drive walking holiday that offers total control and great flexibility, exploring Basilicata remote villages by foot and car at your own rhythm.
Our detailed maps instructions and special GPS will let you easly drive through the unspoiled countryside, reaching the walk's starting point, enjoying personalized, professional services, unique walks off the beaten paths and plenty of free time for individual sightseeing.

On this waking holiday in southern Italy you will tour Basilicata remote villages, from Venosa & Melfi, to Rionero in Vulture, Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, till reaching Matera, Pisticci & Bernalda, sleeping in luxury Cave hotels and ancient aristocratic palaces, and tasting the best food and aglianico wine of Basilicata. You will meet the local and understand more about the local culture and heritage. Professional sommeliers, chefs and artisan will follow you through this extraordinary discovery making this tour an unforgettable experience .

Enjoy complete freedom and flexibility,

Step 1: Tell us a bit about your plans and travel style, to let us craft a tailor made itinerary;
Step 2: Choose the type of accommodtion that suite you best;
Step 3: Choose from a wide selection of cultural, gourmet, naturalistic and archaeological options and walks, to satisfay all taste and desire;
step 4: drive to remote villages following our road books/maps instruction and special GPS;
step 5: enjoy extraordinary landscapes and scenerios walking off the beaten path at your own pace;
step 6: take a layover day indulging yourself with the finest local wine and traditional food.

Walking                   Basilicata sample tour program

Day 1 | ARRIVAL Venosa

Arrival, check in, briefing, and first optional walk to explore Venosa and the old town center with a private guided tour.
Daily walking distance 7k

Day 2 | Melfi, Barile & Rionero in Vulture

second leg of walk to explore this ancient Norman capital with its Castel and Cathedral...berofe tasting some of the finest Aglianico wine in Rionero in Vulture ancient wineries
Daily walking distances 7k to 12k

Day 3 | Castelmezzano & Pietrapertosa
drive to the "Dolomiti Lucane" with its odd shapeded high picks part of a mountain complex that dates back to 15 million years ago and expore this 2 remote villages with a wonderful coutry walk...
Daily walking distances 4k to 10k

Day 4 | Matera and the sassi quarter
reach the town of stones and discover the old sassi quarter with a private guided walk... before exploring the surroundings at your own pace
Daily walking distances from 2k to 15k

Day 5 | Metaponto & the greek ruins
reach the Ionian shores to admire the "Tavole Palatine" ruins of the Doric temple dedicated to Hera around 530 BC....

Day 6| Depart or... stay for more country walks !!

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and quote.

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Trip details

Start/End:Venosa | Matera
Closest airport:Bari
Activity Level:Easy overall
Daily walks:from 5k to 18k
Dates:from April to November
Trip style:self drive & stroll
Trip Length:tailor made
5 days 4 nights casual from € enquiry
7 days 6 nights casual from € enquiry
Guided tours:also available

Trip highlights

  • Introduction to the local food & culture
  • Private cultural tours
  • Extraordinary landscapes and scenerios
  • Guifded food and wine tastings with local experts and producers

This trip includes

  • Accommodation & breakfast
  • detailed maps, road book and instruction
  • log book and use of GPS
  • Our local support
  • dinner at selected local restaurant
  • visit of local boutique winery...and much more
  • Please enquiry to know the complete includes list

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Getting here

  • The closest airport is BARI only 65 km north of Matera, 75 from Venosa.
  • You can fly to Bari with domestic flight from Rome or Milan; get a car from the airport and reach Lecce with an easy drive throug the motorway.
  • Best Car hire rates are available here.
  • From Rome Termini train station few daily departures are also available to reach Bari by train.
  • Check TRENITALIA time table here.

Not included

  • Flight & insurance
  • Tips, gratuities and everything not mentioned within the what is included list


  • Accommodation is provided by a charming B&B and luxury boutique hotel.

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