Matera and the Hills

you can discover the villages of the Matera hills

Matera, famous for its Sassi, overlooks the Bradano river valley where, among wheat fields and olive groves, you can discover the villages of the Matera hills, rich in history and good cuisine.


San Giuliano Lake


DAY 1 – Matera

Arrival in Terranova di Pollino or San Costantino Albanese and accommodation in a farmhouse. Asparagus and sausage omelette, legume soup, bean purée, mischiglio… are some of the dishes that you can taste at dinner, to be ready for the first stage, the crossing of the Pollino Park. Overnight.

DAY 2 – Lake of San Giuliano and Irsina

A long descent will take you along the San Giuliano Lake, a wildlife and naturalistic oasis. Going up the Bradano river you reach Irsina, a city of medieval origin with a rich historic center and beautiful views of the endless wheat fields that surround it.
Distance: 49 Km.
Grade: moderate

DAY 3 – towards Miglionico

Cross the Bradano river and go up towards Grassano. After stopping in Grottole, you reach Miglionico, with its beautiful castle and the Mother Church, rich in paintings and sculptures. Overnight.
Distance: 44 km.
Grade: moderate

DAY 4 – Montescaglioso and the Abbey

Go back down to the valley to reach Montescaglioso, an important village in the past due to the presence of the imposing Benedictine Abbey, not to be missed. Go up to Matera along the Murgia Materana Park. Overnight
Distance: 44 km.
Grade: moderate


Breakfast and end of services.

trip details

 5 days / 4 nights
Itinerary for trained cyclists that can also be tackled with e-bikes by the less experienced.
3 days by bike on hill paths with increasing levels of difficulty.
 140 km with stages from 44 to 50 km to be covered in 3 – 6 hours during the day.
 3 * hotel or B&B of the same standard

departure dates

Self Guided Tours

Every day from May 1st to October 30th


€ 240.00 (with a minimum of 4 participants) *
€ 285.00 (with a minimum of 2 participants) *

Single supplement: € 90.00

Prices per person based on double room occupancy


4 nights in a double room with breakfast (3 * hotel and B&B), briefing and bike delivery, luggage transport, technical and emergency assistance, road book and maps.

Not Included

Medical / luggage insurance, tourist taxes, drinks, lunches and dinners, guided tour of the Sassi, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, anything not included in the “included” item.

Bike rent

Hybrid bike: € 40
E-bike or Gravel bike: € 90
Full carbon racing bike: € 110
Helmet : € 10,00
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