|di Pamela Thomason|
If your idea of an Italian adventure is exploring the Tuscany countryside or getting lost in the Venetian canals think twice. One of the country’s most thrilling tourist attractions is further south and it does not involve hiking or riding a gondola.
The Basilicata region, in Southern Italy is home to Volo dell’Angelo or Flight of the Angel, a zip-wire that connects the two mountain villages of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, offering breathtaking views of a valley as well as a true adrenaline rush.
Fliers are suspended, face down, by a pulley system and sent zooming down the wire at a speed of up to 120 kph at heights of up to 888m.
Situated in the Lucan Dolomites (not to be confused with the Dolomites in Northern Italy) this is the only zip-wire attraction in Italy and one of the highest and fastest in the world.
There are two lines running in either direction, both reachable after a short walk through nature and villages.
If when you are there you do not feel brave enough to make the plunge, worry not – the stunning location alone is worth the trip to this sparsely-populated part of Italy. But we are sure that once you look down on the valley you will not be able to resist.
The rides run from May to October. For more information and to book a place visit the official website: http://www.volodellangelo.com/index_eng.asp
by Pamela Thomason
(C) ITALIANS OF LONDON 2015