Pollino National Park

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Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

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Basilicata National Parks
The Pollino National Park
National Park Val D’Agri Lagonegrese
The Gallipoli Cognato Park
Pollino National Park
Pollino National Park - Photo: Matheola
The Pollino National Park was established in 1992 and is located across the regions of Basilicata and Calabria. It covers 1,925 square kilometres and is the largest of the Italian national parks.
Pollino National Park

Straddling the Southern Apennines, the park is very mountainous, reaching the highest point of 2,248m on Mount Pollino, from where the park takes its name. From the summit, it is possible to see the Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Ionian coast to the east at the same time. The mountain slopes and valleys are densely wooded with Beech, Chestnut, Turkey Oak and Bosnian Pine, which is the symbol of the park. The whole area abounds with wildlife, including: the Golden Eagle, falcons, kites and vultures, the Italian wolf, otters and deer.

Mountaneering, trekking and hiking are popular activities in the park, and white water rafting is available on the river Lao.

The are many historic towns and villages in the Pollino, including: Rotonda, Castrovillari, Morano Calabro, Laino Castello, Mormanno, Scalea, Papasidero, Civita and Cerchiara. The area is also home to several historic, Albanian-speaking communities in San Paolo Albanese, San Costantino Albanese and other villages throughout the area.

the area is rich in history and there are many places of interest to visit:

San Severino Lucano
One of the most important local events takes place at the 'Madonna del Pollino' sanctuary every year at the beginning of July.

Pollino National Park - Basilicata
San Severino Lucano - Photo: Francesco Sabatini

The sanctuary stands at 1,537 metres above sea level and was constructed to commemorate the 'Madonna' appearing before a shepherd and showing him the location of a statue of the 'Holy Virgin' in a nearby cave. Every year, over two consecutive days, thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain, walk around the sanctuary three times and come back again, singing and playing traditional instruments. On the third day, the procession, headed by a group of women, carries the statue from the church at San Severino to the sanctuary, where it will stay for the summer months.

Morano Calabro
The town of Morano Calabro has a number of interesting, archaeological ruins including a castle that probably dates back to Roman times and was the headquarters of the first known fuedal lord of the area, Apollonio Morano, in the middle ages.

Pollino National Park - Basilicata
Norman Castle at Morano Calabro - Photo: Drrcs15

There are other castles at Valsinni and Castrovillari.

Valle del Mercure
The 'Mercure' valley dates back to pre-historic times and there have been many paleontological discoveries including: hippopotamus , mammoths and primogeni elephants.

The river itself is renamed the 'Lao' as it crosses into Calabria, and it is here that visitors can enjoy white water rafting.

Pollino National Park - Basilicata
White Water Rafting - Photo: Val di Sole

The area was also historically significant as the site of a religious community called 'Mercurion', established around the 11th century. It was this community that gave the area its name.

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Basilicata Information
Location of Basilicata
Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

Find a hotel in Basilicata
Provinces
Comunes
  • Matera
    • Accettura
      Aliano
      Bernalda
      Calciano
      Cirigliano
      Colobraro
      Craco
      Ferrandina
      Garaguso
      Gorgoglione
      Grassano
      Grottole
      Irsina
      Matera
      Miglionico
      Montalbano Jonico
      Montescaglioso
      Nova Siri
      Oliveto Lucano
      Pisticci
      Policoro
      Pomarico
      Rotondella
      Salandra
      San Giorgio Lucano
      San Mauro Forte
      Scanzano Jonico
      Stigliano
      Tricarico
      Tursi
      Valsinni

  • Potenza
    • Abriola
      Acerenza
      Albano di Lucania
      Anzi
      Armento
      Atella
      Avigliano
      Balvano
      Banzi
      Baragiano
      Barile
      Bella
      Brienza
      Brindisi Montagna
      Calvello
      Calvera
      Campomaggiore
      Cancellara
      Carbone
      Castelgrande
      Castelluccio Inferiore
      Castelluccio Superiore
      Castelmezzano
      Castelsaraceno
      Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea
      Cersosimo
      Chiaromonte
      Corleto Perticara
      Episcopia
      Fardella
      Filiano
      Forenza
      Francavilla in Sinni
      Gallicchio
      Genzano di Lucania
      Ginestra
      Grumento Nova
      Guardia Perticara
      Lagonegro
      Latronico
      Laurenzana
      Lauria
      Lavello
      Maratea
      Marsico Nuovo
      Marsicovetere
      Maschito
      Melfi
      Missanello
      Moliterno
      Montemilone
      Montemurro
      Muro Lucano
      Nemoli
      Noepoli
      Oppido Lucano
      Palazzo San Gervasio
      Paterno
      Pescopagano
      Picerno
      Pietragalla
      Pietrapertosa
      Pignola
      Potenza
      Rapolla
      Rapone
      Rionero in Vulture
      Ripacandida
      Rivello
      Roccanova
      Rotonda
      Ruoti
      Ruvo del Monte
      San Chirico Nuovo
      San Chirico Raparo
      San Costantino Albanese
      San Fele
      San Martino d'Agri
      San Paolo Albanese
      San Severino Lucano
      Sant'Angelo Le Fratte
      Sant'Arcangelo
      Sarconi
      Sasso di Castalda
      Satriano di Lucania
      Savoia di Lucania
      Senise
      Spinoso
      Teana
      Terranova di Pollino
      Tito
      Tolve
      Tramutola
      Trecchina
      Trivigno
      Vaglio Basilicata
      Venosa
      Vietri di Potenza
      Viggianello
      Viggiano

Basilicata Flag
Basilicata Airports
None
Basilicata National Parks
The Pollino National Park
National Park Val D’Agri Lagonegrese
The Gallipoli Cognato Park
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