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Herakleia, Policoro is located in the plain of Metaponto, a land rich in agricultural and tourism resources. It is strategically positioned between Apulia and Calabria, it can easily be reached by highways A14 and A3 and is also well connected to airports at Bari and Brindisi. Thanks to its position, it is within easy reach of natural and cultural sights and attractions. Located on the Jonian coast of Basilicata, where the sea is completely unpolluted, the Heraclea Hotel is just 250 metres from the beautiful sandy beach of Policoro, and it is bordered by a wide pine forest that stretches all along the coast. With its exercise paths and cycle tracks, running for several kilometres, this pine forest is the ideal place for all those who like to exercise while being immersed in nature. Sun and beach, however, are far not the only attractions of this area, which is reach in culture and history, as witnessed by the remains of the archaeological park of Siritide National Museum in Policoro. The Regional Nature Sanctuary of Bosco Pantano is a great example of wetland forest stretching to the sea. Its tangled beauty can only be accessed through trails. Here, different species of animals can be seen, such as the otter and the caretta caretta turtles that lay eggs on these shores. On the borders of the forest there is a WWF wild animal rescue centre.
Sassi of Matera
The Sassi district is the ancient heart of the city of Matera.
The Sassi surround the Civita and constitute a city unto itself, completely carved out of the face of the calcareous rock -what is known as tufa stone. The Sassi district is a system made of dwellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley with surprising and unusual features called the ‘Gravina’.
Elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape....
Oasi WWF Policoro Herakleia
This last part of the plain forest, unique in Italy, although deeply altered over the years by human activities, is a natural biotype that still has a significant scientific, ecological, landscape and cultural interest.
The Oasis is part of the Bosco Pantano of Policoro Regional Reserve and manages the part of the forest mantle (21 ha) that falls within the boundaries of the municipality of Policoro (Matera). It includes one of the most important naturalistic features of the Reserve: the environment is typically marine, with the presence of the last remaining hygrophilous forest, only a few meters away from the Ionian Sea. Among the most significant natural elements we recall the wooded areas of Mediterranean scrubland, sandy and marshes included in the southernmost area of the Reserve. It is an area of exceptional interest for the study, observation and teaching related to the fauna and ecosystems related to this particular wood that represents a real natural laboratory.
National Archaeological Museum of Siritide
The National Museum of Siritide of Policoro is located near the ancient Siris-Herakleia.
It is devoted to the Greek colonies of Siris (VII-VI century B.C.) and Herakleia (V century B.C. - A.D. I-II century) and to the Italic world of the Agri and Sinni valleys.
Through an exhibition based on chronological and topographical criteria, it supplies information about different aspects of the two subsequent Greek colonies, such as civil, economic and religious life and handicraft.
The archaeological finds come from both the towns and the respective necropolises, such as the so-called ‘Tomba di Policoro’.
The Flight Of The Angel
Above the Lucanian Dolomites, in the heart of Basilicata, a steel cable suspended between the tops of two small towns, Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa let you make and live a unique experience: the Angel Flight.
It’s an attractor, a new concept, which make you feel a great experience of the environmental heritage, a new offer of of leisure and recreation, for who seek new emotions. An adventure in contact with nature and with a unique landscape, discovering the soul of this land.
Tied in total safety whit a harness, attached to the steel cable, you will live the thrill of flying some minutes in a fantastic adventure, one of the best in Italy and in the world for the beauty of the landscape and the maximum height of flight.
Bridge To The Moon
The route of the tibetan bridges of Sasso di Castalda spreads on the shores of the "Fosso Arenazzo" that opens right at the foot of the charming old town.
With a single span of 300 meters and suspended in a vacuum 120 meters above the stream below, you can literally reach through the air, the ruins of the castle that dominates the village from above. Upon arrival, a glass sky-walk suspended over the bridge awaits us and a belvedere equipped to catch a few minutes, admiring the panorama of the surrounding mountains seated on the ancient ruins.
The total duration of the Tibetan bridges is about one and a half hours.
National Park of Pollino
Silent age-old beech tree woods and pine forests grow at higher altitudes; chestnuts and oaks cover the lower slopes, while Mediterranean scrub is predominant in the valleys.
The symbol of the Park is the rare Loricate Pine, which derives its name from its bark, that looks like a "lorica", or a cuirass.
The Park, with its relaxing atmospheres, is a perfect nature gym for everybody.
Evidence of the prosperity of the ancient polis of ‘Metapontum’ can still be found in the archaeological areas.
On a hill, it is possible to admire the ‘Tavole Palatine’, name that usually refers to the ruins of the extra urban temple dedicated to Hera.
Built in Doric style in 530 B.C., it is the only worship monumental building whose external colonnade has been partly preserved.
The original construction used to have 6 columns on the short side and 12 columns on the long side, but there are only 15 left, arranged in two wings, respectively of 10 and 5 columns each, which support two pieces of an architrave. The columns were restored in 1961.