What to do and see in the Pollino Park natural reserve.
Located halfway between Calabria and Basilicata, the National Park of the Pollino, with its 192.000 hectares, it’s the largest Italian natural reserve. Away from restless urban centres, this uncontaminated landscape maintained its wilderness and attracts tourists fond of mountains and eager to practice outdoors activities. Hiking, trekking, canyoning and rafting are among the activities available in the area.
Here are the most interesting activities to appreciate in a 3/4 days stay:
What to do?
- Hiking (at all levels) through the vast area to enjoy the beauty of the landscape with the assistance of official guides of the Park;
- Rafting on the waters of the Lao river, for the most adventurous, plunged in the wilderness of an uncontaminated natural environment;
- Canyoning and aqua-trekking climbing up on the amazing gorges of Raganello, within the natural reserve.
What to see?
- Tourists can visit the nearby villages on both Calabria and Lucania sides. Civita, in particular, is an enchanting village of Arab origins with its stunning Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) overlooking the deep gorges of Raganello. Morano Calabro, a medieval village known also as the “paese-presepe”, is worth a visit too.
- Tourists can also visit the amazing archaeological site from the Palaeolithic age, La Grotta del Romito and Papasidero, with its pre-historical artistic attempts. Once in the village of Rotonda
- Tourists can visit the modern and original EcoMuseo of the Pollino Park located in Rotonta.