Il Volo dell’Angelo
Between Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, in the province of Potenza, among the Dolomites of Lucania, every day, from June to September, peregrine falcons, kites and kestrels curiously observe the ‘Volo dell’Angelo’ (literally, “Angel’s flight”). The superb birds of prey that live between the peaks and clefts of these mountains in Basilicata watch men give in to their eternal desire to fly, which no machine will ever fully satisfy.
Darting at over one hundred kilometers per hour, adventurous dreamers surrender to this extraordinary journey, enjoying for a few, long moments the feeling of flying like a bird. Or like an angel.
Strapped in a harness and hooked to a cable, they take off from an altitude of over one thousand meters in Pietrapertosa, and fly at 130 meters above ground. After a kilometer and a half dashing in the air, they reach Castelmezzano (approximately 800 meter above sea level) and visit the beautiful little village. Both Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano are members of the Club dei Borghi più belli d’Italia (Club of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy).
Then the journey starts over, and dreamers fly back to where they started. Under the attentive look of peregrine falcons, kites, kestrels… and angels.