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Naples (Napoli): 1 hour 20 minutes. Take the A16 (it is a toll road) and head east (est);
Rome : 3 hours 30 minutes. Take the A1/E45 to A30 to A16
Bari : 2 hours 30 minutes.
From Lacedonia, follow the blue and white street signs for Bisaccia, once you hit Bisaccia follow the blue and white street signs for Calitri
Calitri Visitors can wander round the medieval village to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the local artisan's shops and the exceptional regional cuisine among other activities. Calitri is world-known for its artistic ceramics, needlepoint and arts. Many sports including skiing, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, fishing and hunting can also be practiced. For those seeking more relaxing occupations, soaking in the nearby thermal baths or embarking on exciting culinary or wine itineraries are an attractive option.
The area is steeped in history and tradition and sprinkled with castles and aristocratic palazzos that serve as a testament to the important role it's played in Southern Italy's history.
The 'Antico Borgo Calitri' is in the oldest section of the 6,500-strong town and is dominated by the castle which predates the 12th century. The town is known to locals as the 'Positano d'Irpinia' because its pastel colors and architecture reflect those of the villages on the Amalfi coast. Calitri is surrounded by idyllic countryside interspersed with rivers, lakes, fields, woods and archeological ruins.
Here, old folk traditions are very much woven into every day life, with the whole community working towards keeping their ancestor's heritage alive and at the same time maintaining the high standards of service that an excellent location, a variety of traditions, and a rich agriculture-based economy permits. Those spending time in the area can enjoy the many village fairs, local food festivals, markets and commemorative processions that take place in the piazzas and the alleys of little villages in Irpinia and Vulture.
The locals have witnessed many wars and invasions in centuries gone by. There are many visible signs of the presence of the Romans, the Longobards, the Aragoneses and the Bourbons. Medieval historical centres and old castles are a must for the discerning visitor, who can also look to the visit for tranquility, hospitality and a high quality of life.
The origins of Calitri are lost in the mists of time, and the town and its surroundings are dotted with archeological remains Calitri countrysidedating back from ancient Rome. With the passing of the centuries the area became an important route of communication and transport connecting the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast. It fell under the reign of Fedric II of Svevia during the 12th century and was subjected to Spanish dominion, and later became difficult to visit when many locals became makeshift highway men in a bid to combat Napoleonic dominion in the 800s. This turned the region into an isolated, insecure and poor area, which in turn encouraged workers and families in the early 1900s to emigrate to the richer north of Italy as well as North and South America in search of a better future, abandoning many villages and towns. The local economy also suffered from an earthquake in the 1980s similar to one in that took place in the region of Umbria in 1997.
Take a tour to Mount Vulture Vineyard. Visit to the vineyard with briefing on various type of wines grapes, climates and soil. Back in the cellar to learn the history of the wine and how the wine was made including learning about the wine making process. Wineries/Vineyards: The Alovini Winery use the aglianico grapes from some of the best-tended vineyards anywhere in Italy. The volcanic soils around the stunning but extinct volcano "Mount Vulture" also contribute to the unique wine. Cabanico Basilicata igt, Al Volo Aglianico del Vulture doc. Feudi di San Gregorio Estate - Vigne di Mezzo - which has a cluster of vineyards near the villages of Barile, Rionero in Vulture and Rampolla, all sharing a south-east exposure on the Mount Vulture in the region of Basilicata. The grapes are Aglianico del Vulture. Efesto Aglianico del Vulture doc.
Take an Antique Italian Pompeii Sculpture Course. Experience a unique opportunity to spend a day in the workshop of Vito Zabatto, a renown local sculptor, who will teach you the antique art of Italian Pompei-style sculpting, where vases and statues are fashioned out of strips of clay.
Take a regional cooking class Held at the exclusive Palazzo Zampaglione. Each course will include introduction to the course and to each other, demonstration, preparation and cooking of the dishes, and tasting of the dishes. A translator will participate in the course to translate the cooking explanations to ensure that the traditional recipe hasn't been modified by changes in culture and language.
Casa della Loggia, Via Sotto Concezione 75 (Calitri), ☎ +447872530618, . Information about Calitri and the surrounding area and a holiday home in the historical centre of Calitriedit
Palazzo Zampaglione. Learn the mechanics of serving wine (glasses, bottles, corks, corkscrews and various paraphernalia). Subjects covered: how to taste the wine, principles of food and wine matching. Buying wine for your cellar (Wine Selection Techniques). Campania, Basilicata and Puglia Wines that may be sampled: Carpe Diem Aglianico del VUlture doc, Spumante Ellenico Aglianico del Vulture igt, Spumante Moscato igt, Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture doc, Bianco di Corte Fiano igt, Clivus Moscato Spumante igt, Barigliott igt, Antico Spumante igt
Church of St. Canion (Chiesa de Dan Canio) Among the other works of art in this church are three splendid paintings representing respectively the St. Canion Falls, the Adoration of the Holy Sacrament and the Presentation in the Temple.
Church of the Annunciation (Chiesa dell'Annunziata) Built in 1577 and restored toward the end of the 17th Century, it has an artistic stone portal with lunette and several 18th-century paintings by Cavallino.
Town Hall (Casa del Comune) The building, formerly a convent for Benedictine nuns, dates back to the second half of the 16th century. Its present appearance is the result of restoration done after the 1930 earthquake. The original oratory and some cells have been preserved.
Church of the Immaculate Conception (Chiesa Dell'immacolata Concezione) It was open for worship as of 1714 and completely rebuilt after the 1980 earthquake. Noteworthy are the 17th –century statue of St. Vitus and that of the Immaculate Conception, dated 1730. A permanent Nativity Scene, of great value, set in the church crypt, reproduces the narrow streets of the old town, some of which are no longer in existence. There is an exhibit located inside the Immaculate Conception church. The objects on display are centuries-old and come from various churches in town.
Museum of peasant culture (Museo della Civilta Contadina) Located in the A. Del Re middle school, it houses objects and tools pertaining to the peasant life of the past.
Ceramics Museum (Museo della Cermica) It is situated inside the very beautiful Borgo Castello (recently retored). It houses samples of Calitrian ceramics, dating from antiquity to modern times. The "Permanent Ceramics Exhibit" is located in the restored Borgo Castello, which owes its name to the ancient feudal castle that once occupied this site, but was destroyed by repeated earthquakes through the centuries. The rationale for situating the Ceramics exhibit in a context so rich in history is that Calitri has an ancient and glorious ceramics tradition, proven by remains dating back to the IV and III centuries b.C. The present day ceramics industry and its practitioners have a centuries-old history, and thus the exhibit houses various sections, including one dedicated to contemporary ceramics.
Museum of Interactive Sciences (Museo delle Scienze Interattive) It is housed in the “Largo San Berardino” and consists of instruments and mechanical devices designed to provide an entertaining approach to science for museum visitors.
Cupa Lane (Sentiero della Cupa) A nature trail amid the countryside greenery leading to the site of an ancient legend.
The lake of reeds (Lago delle Canne) This lake abounds in a rich variety of fish (trout, carp, etc.), in a fascinating natural setting, ensconced in the Castiglione Forest, whose fauna includes bores, hares, foxes, and badgers, as well as blackbirds, hawks, woodcock, and quail. Laghi di
Calitrian cuisine is renowned in the area for being very tasty and rather spicy. Typical hand-made pasta dishes include cingul', the local dish par excellence. This is short, twirly pasta boiled and then served with a thick, tasty tomato sauce; other varieties of pasta with the same sauce include lahan' and aurecchi' r' preut'- (priest’s ears in the local dialect); another must are cannazze', served with delicious hot tomato sauce and pecorino cheese; and sciliend' (a special vermicelli-like pasta) with a condiment of garlic-fried oil and hot chili pepper.
Meat-based delicacies include m'gliatiegghij' a local favourite made up of tasty roulades of kid or lamb casings garnished with cheese, offal, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and sliced sausage; sfritta, or chopped pork meat sautéed with hot peppers; also sammuchij', a local pudding made of pork blood seasoned with minced lard, little segments of orange peel, rice, raisins, cinnamon, pork casings, walnuts, salt and chili pepper powder.
A traditional fish-based delicacy is stockfish a la ualanegna, the favourite of plowmen in the past (ualan' means plowman), in which stockfish is boiled and flavoured with garlic, herbs and chili peppers.
Locanda dell'Arco di Zampaglione Ristorante Ristorante, Via dell'arco di Zampaglione n.5. Typical Calitrian cuisine, very central, closed on Sundays.edit
Tre Rose Ristorante, Via Sotto Macelli 9, ☎ 0827 34123. An 'osteria' serving good local wines and food of typical Calitrian style, expect to pay 3 or 4 euro's for a meal! excellent cooks, very central, closed on Sundays. Gets very busy with the locals so get there early.edit
Ristorante Gagliano, località Gagliano, ☎ 0827 30069. edit
Manhattan Restaurant/Pizzeria, Via Pittoli, ☎ 333 429 4003. Typical local cuisine, excellent food, very lively, very central.edit
Punto Pizzeria, Corso Garibaldi 1, ☎ 0827 34574. Pizza for all tastes, closed on Tuesdays.edit
Speedy Pizzeria, Corso Matteotti, ☎ 0827 38024. Pizza for all tastes.edit
Bar-Pasticceria Zabatta, Via de Sanctis 7, ☎ 0827 30325. amazing desserts and biscuitsedit
Bar-Gelateria Jolly, Corso Garibaldi, ☎ 0827 30012. A fantastic range of freshly made ice-cream.edit
Casa del Cipresso, via Cipresso, Calitri (in the Medieval Borgo), (SouthernItaly@comcast.net), . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 10am. Self-catering holiday rental in a charming medieval village house. Weekly/long weekend rent by owner. Sleeps 2-4 Guests.385Euros/Week. edit
Casa Del Re In Calitri, the entire village is working towards opening its doors to visitors. Approximately thirty Medieval Homes have been restored and now are being offered to rent on a weekly and monthly basis. All Medieval houses share a closed similarity in their interior design and décor particularly in their facade due to belonging to the Borgo (district), where houses are built next to each other and in some cases in second floors – a main characteristic of Italian architecture in Medieval times. All of the properties have been recently renovated to ensure a pleasant and worry-free stay, but they have been carefully kept their distinctive look of the time in which they were built. The architectural design has been carefully preserved.
Palazzo Zampaglione. Bed and breakfast in the medieval part of the village of Calitri. It is a three-story building of historical importance. The ground floor of the palazzo dates back as far as the end of the 15th century and is characterized by vaulted-ceiling cellars. Many internal sections of the palazzo are strengthened in wood, on which carved and painted heraldic decorations can be seen on display. The palazzo has been completely restructured with a view to maintaining all the characteristics any, but they have been carefully kept their distinctive look of the time in which they were built. The architectural design has been carefully preserved.edit
Monticchio is a stunning location in the heart of the Mount Vulture region. It is situated on the crater of an extinct volcano, and is made up of two emerald-green lakes surrounded by a dense forest of chestnut and beech trees. This wood was a favorite haunt of highway men in the years following the unification of Italy in 1860. The remains of the ancient Abbey of Sant'Ippolito (Abbazia di Sant'Ippolito) are located near the Great Lake (Lago Grande), while the Abbey of San Michele (Abbazia di San Michele) overlooks the Little Lake (Lago Piccolo), dominating the surroundings and reflecting off its waters. It is partially carved out of an enormous rock that used to be the living space of a Brazilian hermit. The lakes and the nearby woods have numerous trails to offer both the serious hiker and the casual stroller. There are various restaurants nearby specializing in local delicacies and wine. 20 kilometres from Calitri, about a 40 minute drive.