The recent Ferrata Belvedere was built near the famous Ponte alla Luna ("Moon bridge") and the Ferrata Arenazzo, making Sasso di Castalda an interesting destination also for via ferrata lovers. The via ferrata is not difficult from a technical point of view and generally speaking with the help of many brackets it is rather easy.
The starting point is Sasso di Castalda in the province of Potenza in Basilicata. To reach it you generally pass from Potenza and then continue south towards the Parco Nazionale dell'Appenino Lucano Val D'Agri.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
If you choose to take both the Via Ferratas of Sasso di Castalda, the ideal is to first undertake the Ferrata Arenazzo and at the end of the ferrata follow the directions to reach the Ferrata Belvedere start shortly after. Alternatively from the town, you reach the start of the Ponte alla Luna and follow the signs that in 10' lead us to the start of the via ferrata.
The Ferrata Belvedere immediately climbs a vertical wall. The numerous brackets present help us in the progression. We continue in plain up to some rocks easily climbable so to reach another vertical wall. This section is more supported than the previous one and with the avilable brackets, you proceed without problems. At this point we will face downhill diagonally, not particularly difficult thanks to the use again of foot brackets. At the end of the traverse there is an escape route and in case you want to complete the last stretch you face another vertical wall, similar to the previous ones, where you proceed with the help of foot and hand brackets. At the end of this wall we end the via ferrata (45' from the start).
The Ferrata Belvedere ends in the same section where the famous Ponte alla Luna (long suspension bridge) ends. Follow the abundant indications that through a characteristic alley take us back to the village of Sasso Castalda and then to the car (20' from the end of the ferrata - 1h 15' total).
The Ferrata Belvedere is not technically difficult for those who are familiar with this type of trip and can be an excellent route for those who want to start enjoying via ferrata.
Easily to pair with the neighbor Via Ferrata Arenazzo. At about 1h 15' minutes away there are the two ferratas of the Dolomiti Lucane: the 'Via Ferrata Salemm and the Ferrata Marcirosa. In una gita di due giorno è infatti possibile percorrere le 4 ferrate della Basilicata. Spostandoci invece nella zona della Campania, si può raggiungere Volturara Irpina dove è installata la recente Via Ferrata Maroia.
Approach: 0:10 h
Ferrata: 0:45 h
Itinerary: 1:15 h
Ferrata height difference: 100 m
Route difference: 120 m
Max altitude: 975 m
Length: 1.5 Km