The Pollino massif, divided between the provinces of Cosenza, Potenza and Matera, is one of the great mountain groups of the Apennines chain. The Serra del Dolcedorme is the highest peak, followed by Monte Pollino, an integral part, or heart, of the National Park of the same name, the largest protected area in Italy. Established in 1992, it became a heritage site in 2015 and is the only place, together with some areas of the Balkans, to preserve the rare Bosnian pine.

Among the most important towns: Belvedere Marittimo, Castrovillari, Cerchiara, Frascineto, Morano Calabro, Mormanno, Orsomarso, Praia a Mare, Sangineto, Saracena, Verbicaro.

 

What to see:

  • the Park along its routes
  • the Bosnian pine
  • the old villages of Tortora, Civita and Maierà

 

What to taste:

  • Moscato Passito di Saracena
  • the bocconotto (a local sweet)
  • the Mormanno lentil