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Via ferrata in the Lucanian Dolomites (PZ)

Via ferrata in the Lucanian Dolomites (PZ)

4,5 hours



From 2 to 20


  • Discover the spectacular landscapes of the Lucanian Dolomites, an area of great natural interest in the heart of Basilicata.
  • Walk with a mountain guide on a via ferrata equipped with cables, steps, bridges and various aids.
  • Immerse yourself in amazing scenery, visiting villages counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Your guide

Oreste B.

I am a UIAGM mountain guide, climbing instructor and rope operator, with professional specialisation in setting up climbing sites. Through my work, I promote climbing, via ferrata, mountaineering and ski mountaineering courses and outings.

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Full description

Let yourself be captured by the charm of the Lucanian Dolomites, by the colours and bizarre shapes of the rocks that, like sharp spires, characterise the landscape of this area located in the authentic heart of Basilicata.

A mountain guide will lead you on a beautiful via ferrata between the villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, incredibly set amidst spikes and overhangs, the realm of numerous birds of prey, such as the black stork and the red kite, which nest there undisturbed.

Immersed in this scenery, you will follow itineraries equipped with Tibetan bridges, cables and steps that will allow you to overcome canyons, walls and sharp ridges. You will reach the top of villages counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy and guarded by a breathtaking stone microcosm.

What we will do

We will meet at 9 a.m. in the village of Castelmezzano (PZ), the view of which will surprise us from afar, with its characteristic rocky outcrops towering behind the roofs of the perched houses. With the mountain guide leading the group, who will provide us withequipment and explain how to use it, we will begin the excursion from the Percorso delle Sette Pietre, the ancient sheep-track that connected the two villages of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa. Arriving near a Roman bridge, you will be able to choose between two via ferrata.

The Marcirosa via ferrata runs on the Pietrapertosa side and reaches the village near the start of the famous 'Volo dell'Angelo' aerial cableway, crossing rocky slabs, ridges and suspension bridges with a spectacular view of the overhangs of the Rio Caperrino valley. It is 1,778 m long and has an altitude difference of 331 m.

The via Ferrata Salemm reaches the upper part of Castelmezzano, climbing or circumventing in succession the towers that flank the village with long crossings on vertical walls and ridges that offer a unique panorama of the village and the valley. It is 1,731 m long with an altitude difference of 249 m.

The Salemm, compared to the Marcirosa, has more vertical passages and is somewhat more challenging. Depending on the characteristics of the group, it will be decided by mutual agreement which of the two via ferratas to tackle, with the guide's unquestionable approval. in both cases, the spectacle is assured!

The activity lasts a total of 4.5 hours. We will return to the starting point at lunchtime.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is of an intermediate level. No specific mountaineering or climbing skills are required, but despite the presence of aids along the via ferrata, one must be able to cope with some stretches that require a certain muscular effort and tolerance to verticality and emptiness (one must not suffer from vertigo).

In any case, with the support of the guide and equipment, the route can be completed by anyone with a minimum of training and agility and a desire to experience strong sensations! Minimum age 14 years.

Other information

Attention! Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time.

The activity is bookable for at least 2 people and is held all year round with the exception of April and May, nesting period of the black stork... we wouldn't want to disturb it!

Recommended clothing

  • layered sportswear
  • waterproof windbreaker
  • hiking boots

Don't forget to bring

  • backpack
  • energy snacks
  • at least 1 litre of water

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What is included

  • Alpine Guide UIAGM
  • Mountaineering Helmet
  • Low Harness
  • Via Ferrata Kit
  • Gloves
  • Food and Drink

How it works

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  1. 1
    Send a booking request

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  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
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    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Castelmezzano, Power, Italy

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of weather conditions that do not allow to carry out the activity safely, you will get a full refund. The guide may propose you an alternative date or time to reschedule the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you cannot reschedule it, we will process a full refund!

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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