If you are looking for the experience which allows you to fly this is the one!I have done it and I can say it is unique, even I get used to high mountains this flying trip is amazing. You need to make a reservation and be sure it is open.
The flying is unique amazing experience highly recommended, team is great, really worth the travel, there is room for improvement 1) not enough signage to the tickets office2) no explanation or material in English 3) the way to the first station includes significant challenging walking uphill that was not mentioned at the beginning Bottom line, recommended but be aware for the points I have mentioned
I booked online via their website and reserved two tickets. This was about 2 weeks before we were to arrive in the area. They contacted me a couple days before the trip and said they were closed due to misunderstandings with the state owned park. They offered a refund or a change of date.I have requested a refund 4 times. I speak both Italian and English, but they simply ignore all emails. Paypal won't refund because it is now outside of the 45 day period.
In the town of Pietrapertosa in the heart of the Basilicata you will find "Il Volo del Angelo" or the "Flight of the Angel" a zip line that carries you between two mountain towns - Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano in the Lucanian Dolmites. I took took this zip line in September 2013 and had a fabulous exhilarating experience and had breathtaking bird's eye views of the surrounding countryside. People come from all over Italy to experience this fabulous ride in the sky and I came all the way from San Francisco and was not disappointed. I would do it again in a heart beat. Just beware that the zip line does come to a rather abrupt stop at its destination! Other than that it is a wild ride that is recommended by Melissa Muldoon, la studentessa matta!
If really keen to do this check with them when they are open! We saw the starting point and it looked like a real adrenaline trip but all closed up.
We did the Volo dell'Angelo in a party of four and started from Castelmezzano to Pietrapertosa having booked online. On arrival in Castelmezzano there was a tourist information booth that directed us to the ticket office to collect our tickets. Everything seemed well organised from the ticket office, to the mini-bus that ferried us to near the departure point (15 minute walk from the bus to the departure station), and the staff at the departure point were clearly organised and efficient. The equipment was all in good condition and looked well maintained. So we had no qualms about safety. That said the ride is excitingly scary! On arrival in Pietrapertosa the staff in the wooden "reception" hut seemed keen to stop us taking photographs of our friends arriving possibly because they wanted to sell the official photos they had taken. That said we still bought the official photos as the quality was good. Would certainly recommend and will probably do it again. Do take water with you as the mini bus cannot drop you right at the door and there is a good 15-20 minute walk across some uneven paths in places to the actual departure points. Food and bathroom facilities available in the usual establishments in both villages.
Well, this really is one of the best amazing things I've done in my life.After a few minutes walk on the mountain near Castelmezzano, we arrived at the first "launching" station. The staff was very helpful and courteous, the also helped me with my GoPro. After wearing the helmet and the harness, they linked me to the cable and launched me.The experience was perfect: it really felt like flying. The eyesight was breathtaking, all was perfect, i was flying among the mountains of the Basilicata, and between two gorgeous little towns!Right after 3/4 of the path, i started slowing down (speed peak 120 km/h) and I arrived at the landing station safe and sound. A little stroll in the little town of Pietrapertosa, the back, through the second "flying path". AMAZING, you won't regret that!
I went today to do my "flight". It was hailing when we first arrived at Castelmezzano. They told me to wait to see if flight can happen later. We waited 40 minutes and the hail stopped but it was still sprinkling and there were tons of lightening! They told me "Okay. Flight go!" ARE YOU NUTS??!?!?! There is lightening everywhere!! I told them I did not feel comfortable with light rain and lightening. They said no refund! My husband and I walked back to our car and we did see a handful of people do the flight but there was lightening all around and it was sprinkling off and on. While we watched it began to downpour. That meant that people that went to one side were stuck until the rain stopped. We decided to leave and the rain did not let up for over an hour as we drove away! Had I done the flight I would have been at risk of getting struck by lightening AND I would have been stuck on the other side for who knows how long!! They are also poorly unorganized and very unprofessional! Get on a zipline with rain and lightening! HELL NO!!
Awesome!! You must try! It really feels like you are flying. It's surreal. Not just for thrill seekers.
Great entertainment between two charming villages in Basilicata (1h15 drive from Matera) at 1000m high. You totally fly! It is a bit scary but very fun and exciting. You can purchase tickets online. It's very professional and secure. I recommend also the walk between the two villages, short (1hour) but it goes up and down a lot, partly under the shade.
Safe, adrenalin rushing extreme-type experience and sensational views. And then you have the second flight back to Castelmezzano!
Really cool experience between nature and picturesque Italian "borghi"
Utterly amazing and a life affirming experience. I have just done it and am returning tomorrow with a colleague to do it again. The flight from Castelmezzano will put you on a superb high - Brilliant!
This was the most amazing experience that I have ever had, and I did the Volo dell'Angelo to conquer my crippling fear of heights. I can't wait to return to Basilicata to do it again and spend some more time in that beautiful region of Italy.
Wow! This attraction connects the Dolomoti Lucane towns of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa with two cables where you are attached like a rocket and travel at 120 kmh over 1500 meters across a 400 meter deep gorge.One cable goes each direction so a round trip requires two trips. Be aware that there is hiking required between the cables on the Castelmezzano side, almost 2 kilometers, mostly uphill.A round trip flight is 30 euro. Open only during the summer season.