Matera. Photo: Velvet (Wikimedia), CC-BY-SA 4.0

New hiking network for discovering Southern Italy

For everyone interested in exploring historical landscapes and towns in an adventurous way, there’s something new on the horizon: the Cammino Materano, a hiking network through Southern Italy.

The network is named after the city of Matera, famous for its houses built in caves. The finished network will have six routes connecting Matera to different places in the region. The first route, called the Via Peuceta, connects Matera to Bari and is 160 kilometers long. All finished routes will have hostels, maps and information points along the way.

The official website for the Cammino Materano is currently only available in Italian, but the homepage gives a good overview of the routes and this link will take you directly to the directions for the Via Peuceta. While exploring different countries isn’t possible for many people right now, it is good to keep an eye out for possible destinations in the future.

Source: Lonely Planet (English), Cammino Materano official site (Italian)

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