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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to MELFI Atella Monteverde Venosa


38 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Andria, Lavello, Cerignola
Minervino Murgia , also known as the Balcony of Puglia , with its panoramic position, is a village on the border between Puglia and Basilicata. It extends in the Alta Murgia National Park and is part of Puglia Imperiale , the center area of Puglia constituted by the municipalities of Andria , Barletta, Bisceglie , Canosa di Puglia, Corato Margherita of Savoy, San Ferdinando di Puglia Spinazzola Trani and Tring . The core of the country is the Scesciola , the oldest part of the typical medieval town . Walking along its streets you can still admire the corners particularly striking , characterized by typical facades of houses connected by arcs. The old village , as well as the rest of the town , contains many valuable monuments . Located 20 km from the beautiful castle of Frederick II , Castel del Monte , Murgia Minervino spans two hills in the largest natural park in the south of Italy . The Murgia is vital oasis that is home to many species of animals and plants . Tracks, tratturelli link arms and stand a little ' everywhere , partly on land tax and partly as abnormal servitude for the passage of go and return the lands to pasture municipalities and the private sector. Among the main rest for flocks remember that the Murgia between the domains of Minervino , Andria and Ruvo .


Loc. FOGGIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
45 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Cerignola, Melfi, Lavello
A small patch of greenery in the heart of the plains in Puglia The Regional Natural Park of the Crowned Bosco is situated about 12 km from the town of Foggia, in the heart of the plains in Puglia. The protected area of about 1000 hectares, contains a small strip of natural vegetation within a territory deeply cultivated. It 'an area representative of the diverse environments in the past covered a good part of the Tableland. The Natural Regional Park includes more than Bosco dell'Incoronata also part of the proposed Site of Community Importance (SCI) called Valley of Cervaro - Bosco dell'Incoronata falling within the scope of the Municipality of Foggia.


32 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Calabritto, Senerchia, San Fele
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The Oasis of Lake Conza is located within a Site of Community Importance in the Municipality of Conza della Campania (Av) . The area covers about 800 hectares. The reservoir of Conza , is the largest wetland in Campania. Includes dowels wooded area pastures and steppe environments . The Oasis is an active visitor center with a large conference room , a workshop, a nature trail , observation huts , a classroom for teaching pool and green area equipped for parking facilitate the contact with nature . environment The basin of the river Ofanto Conza with the areas downstream of the dam, is the largest wetland in Campania. Located on the way Ofanto - Sele constitutes , together with the ' WWF Oasis of Persia ( the river Sele ) , the station of refreshment and rest of the bird species along the migration route between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic . The area lends it a major national and supranational especially for the diverse and populous bird that nests here or stationary during the migrations between the Eurasian continent and Africa. The perimeter of the oasis of Lake Conza can be entered into the tem landscape Samnite - Lucano . This is an area of low mountains which generally does not exceed 1,000 meters above sea level , with a gentle sculpting , being made of limestone - marl Miocene sandstones . The band bioclimatic vegetation is that of oak and grassland steppe in Bromus erectus. The average height of s. l. m . is about 420 m . When in 1972 began the construction of the dam, the broad alluvial plain dell'Ofanto was affected by agricultural and livestock activities , evidenced today by the ruins of several houses . The hydric wood vegetated nell'alveo full dell'Ofanto . Subsequently, with the forced abandonment of cultivation and extraction of the stone and earthy needed for the completion of the dam , occurred an expansion of hydric vegetation , mainly willows and poplars, accompanied by typical marsh vegetation . In these areas have been created even small ponds with thick reeds , and the effect of the spring for the craters created by the excavation activities . With the presence of the dam the water level changes frequently , so often there is an alteration of the appearance of the circumnavigation of the lake


Loc. VENOSA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
14 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 421 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lavello, Atella, Melfi
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The National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata allows , for the first time , to be able to exhibit in the restored Palazzo Loffredo the results of important research efforts in recent years in north central Basilicata and , at the same time , is a showcase of the complex archaeological heritage of a region that was privileged place of encounter between people of different race and culture , in the middle of the Mediterranean. The importance of archaeological research in Basilicata and the variety of different situations are well illustrated by the tem of the National Archaeological Museums in the area that have grown up in recent years . The tem includes museums of Matera , Metaponto and Policoro ( in the province of Matera) , respectively dedicated to the prehistory of the Murgia and the Greek colonies of Metaponto and Siris - Herakleia , and the museums of Melfi, Venosa , Grumentum and Lucan ( in the province Power ) , dedicated to the people and Daunian north of Melfi - Lucan , the Roman cities of Venus and Grumentum and Roman villas of the area Potenza . Located in the prestigious Palazzo Loffredo , a stately transferred on loan from the City of Power to the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Basilicata, the National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata is dedicated to Dinu Adamesteanu , as a scholar of absolute importance internationally , as well as the founder archeology of Lucania.


14 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Lavello, Melfi, Atella
Vein ( venous in Lucan dialect ) is an Italian town of 12,035 inhabitants in the province of Potenza in the Vulture . It is one of 196 municipalities -members of The most beautiful villages in Italy , along with four others in the region : Acerenza Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa Guardia Perticara . Vein is located in the north of Basilicata on a plateau between two valleys and is surrounded by lush vegetation and numerous heights . The tour of the area venosino altitude varies from 177 m . s.l.m. 813 m . above sea level , much of the city center , however, lies at an altitude varying between 400 m . s.l.m. and 430 m . s.l.m. . The townhouse is located at an altitude of 415 m. s.l.m. . The climate is temperate sublittoral with hot, dry summers and winters are quite cold and wet. It is not uncommon to exceed 40 C in summer and below zero in winter. The average rain gauge is around 700mm per year, with peak precipitation in autumn and winter . The summer months , however, are the driest . The snow makes its appearance every winter, with an average of 20 cm / year .


Loc. MELFI - BASILICATA  Navigatore
10 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 210 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lavello, Monteverde, Atella
The castle of Melfi, having reported numerous phases of construction over the centuries shows an architectural form multistilistica, although it has retained its typically medieval. It consists of ten towers of which seven rectangular three pentagonal: Tower of Input Tower of the Standard or the Cypress Tower of the Secretaria or Terrace Tower of the Rampart Lion Emperor's Tower or the Seven Winds Tower without a name, only the ruins remain Tower of North East or Torrita Parvula Torre delle Carceri or Marcangione Tower of the Church Clock Tower The castle of Melfi consists of four inputs, of which only one is still accessible. The first, situated in the northeast near the Tower Parvula, was directly connected with the campaign and currently is walled, and the second, which is also walled and located near the Tower of the Church, it opens in the bulwark and the third to the southwest, present near the Bastion of Leo, was the main entrance to the Angevin age and allowed to reach the moat and the city. The fourth, the only active, was opened by the Doria and serves as access to the country through a bridge, drawbridge in ancient times. The interior, although transformed by the Doria, between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century, in a baronial mansion, retains some structural Norman-Swabian style. After crossing the bridge you notice an eighteenth-century portal that contains an inion honoring the exploits of Charles V and Andrea Doria. Proceeding into the courtyard where you can go to the stables and courtyards of Stabling and Mortorio Angevin all works carried out between 1278 and 1281 by order of Charles II of Anjou. Always in style Angevin are the Throne Room (which houses the Museum), built on the north side, below the Soldier's room. Also worth mentioning is the Hall of Bowls, a place in which they were proclaimed the Constitutions of Melfi. Services to the public on Saturday and Sunday are assistants museum for guided tours, guided tours on other days of booking (Booking Form) Days and opening hours: hours 9-20 Closed on Monday morning Cost of ticket: Euro 2.50


44 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Senerchia, Acerno, Conza della Campania
Calabritto is a small town in the Upper Sele Valley , dominated by Mount Cervialto (mt 1809) . The high valley of the Sele was formerly inhabited by people of different races , each of which has left the marks of their civilization , signs that crop up here and there in the fields, in the vicinity of rivers, in ancient caves , along the slopes of the hills. The local economy is based on forests and on certain services . Is widely practiced subsistence farming that produces the fruits of high-quality olive oil, chestnuts , wine and hazelnuts. There are those who devoted himself to farming and related activities . The local climate is dry and temperate. Among the features , the many trails scattered among the mountains of the municipality that lead to the discovery of new places and suggestive ( Sanctuary of the Madonna della Neve of Grienzi , Our Lady of the River, upstream Altillo , Cervialto Plateau Gaudo Plan Migliato ) . From Calabritto through dense beech forests and green plains that make up a landscape of rare beauty itinerary will take you to the plateau of Laceno . You can then easily reach Materdomini , where the Shrine of St. Gerard Majella ; Caposele , where it branches off the ' Apulian aqueduct ; Senerchia , where the WWF ; Valve, famous for its castle ; Abbey of Goleto in San Angelo and in just over half an hour , Salerno and Paestum , the Amalfi coast .


Loc. ATELLA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
6 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 693 mt. a.s.l.  Area Monteverde, San Fele, Melfi
Aquifer located at the south west of Mount Vulture , occupy the craters of the ancient volcano . While communicating with each other , the lakes have a different color : the Small Lake has a greenish color olive green on the Great Lake . The lakes , both elliptical, are separated by a 215 m wide isthmus . The Small Lake has an area of 16 hectares and perimeter of 1800 m , has steep banks leading down to a depth of 38 m. The Great Lake with an area of 38 hectares and perimeter of 2700 m, has a funnel-shaped cavity , with extensive slums for much of the basin, which is just north plunge up to 36 m. The small lake at an altitude of 658 m is fed by underwater springs , hence the water flows through a stream with a flow rate of 57 liters per second, in Big Lake , at an altitude of 656 m . Both lakes have the highest temperature of the lakes of Italy. Among the plant species along the banks is reminiscent of oak and beech trees , water lilies . The nature reserve is part of the municipality of Atella , is equipped with an extension equal to 187 hectares and is characterized by the microclimate , from a beech forest of low altitude. It was established in 1971 with the main purpose to protect the Acanthobrahmaea , a rare moth discovered in the forests of South Tyrol Monticchio by the scholar Friedrich Hartig in 1963 , which is the only European species of the family Brahmaeidae .


32 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 776 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lagopesole, Potenza, Venosa
It rises 833 m s.l.m. in the north- east of the province . It is bordered by the municipalities of Oppido Lucano (10 km), Cancellara (12 km), Forenza (14 km), Pietersburg (16 km), Genzano di Lucania (19 km) and Palazzo San Gervasio (24 km). Is 37 km and 74 km from Potenza Basilicata Matera province on the other . Together with the common Lucan Venosa , Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa Guardia Perticara , is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy by the same name, which includes a total of 196 locations in the peninsula . The cathedral is a fine monument, the most important of the region dating from the eleventh century , it was consecrated in 1080 in the Romanesque style with Gothic influences . It has a large apse and a nave and two aisles with important tables sixteenth century , a crypt of 1524 , the walls of which there are frescoes by Giovanni Todisco from Abriola . Both the facade and the towers have been revised over the centuries , and the dome on the cruise of the nineteenth century. Inside the sacristy shows a bust of Julian the Apostate , a step allows you to turn around the choir and admire the apses of hewn stone . Recently have been found , after some digging , the foundations of a baptistery adjoining the cathedral.


Loc. SAN FELE - BASILICATA  Navigatore
20 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Atella, Lagopesole, Monteverde
The creek flows Bradano nearby San Fele , to get to the falls , take the road San Fele - Rapone , from Via Umberto , and the Calvario.Dopo about 1 km from San Fele you come to a curve crossing on the right, where there is a cattle town and there are directions of wood ( before the bridge and fountain) , which indicate the falls. leave the car here and walk down to the falls .. There are about 400 mt. Tip : The best hiking shoes or sports and with a stick in his hands .. show a bit of attention because it can be also sometimes slippery and therefore pericoloso.Sopratutto for children should always be accompanied by their parents and / or adults. follow the directions on wooden arrows that are on the other sentiero.Un ritch is to leave the car in Via Umberto ( near the bar - restaurant typically ) in San Fele and walk for loc.Levatelle.un path cIRA 1 5km andata.Stare careful because you go from a path above the first waterfall that is narrow and can be dangerous.


38 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 121 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lavello, Minervino Murge, Melfi
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La Bella della Daunia is a horticultural product Italian Denomination of Origin. It is an olive for table obtained from the transformation, working with green or black olives cultivar Bella di Cerignola collected in a limited distribution area of Foggia, with the greatest concentration in the territory of Cerignola. The olives are harvested until the middle of October. In the processing in green, performed with the method Sivigliano, are treated with soda (to reduce the bitter) the concentration of which varies from a minimum of 2.5% up to a maximum of 3%. They are then rinsed with water and placed in appropriate containers. Finally is added to table salt. The oil is grown in the plains in temperatures that never fall below 0 C on the parcels in the vicinity of the municipalities of Cerignola, Stornara, Stornarella, Orta Nova, S. Ferdinando di Puglia and Tring. The lands which are best suited to the cultivation of this variety are calcareous, siliceous and argillaceous.


21 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 772 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Fele, Acerenza, Atella
Castel Lagopesole (commonly Lagopesole , Lu Cuastiedd in Aviglianesi ) is a fraction of Avigliano , in the province of Potenza , which counts 652 inhabitants. Lagopesole is known for its Swabian past , linked to the figures of Frederick II and his son Manfred , but also for being one of the places of refuge of bandits led by Carmine Crocco . At the top of Lagopesole is a castle , attributed to Frederick II and was probably built between 1242 and 1250 ( although others believed that date back to normamna , or even before that Saracen ) . A distinguishing feature of this castle from all the others attributed to Frederick II of Swabia is the presence , at its core, a real church (not a simple chapel , the only example , indeed , of all those dating back to that imperial ) in an austere Romanesque style, which the restorations carried out in the last years of the twentieth century have unearthed and handed down to posterity in its original splendore.Nell ' nineteenth century the castle was the refuge of bandits , led by Carmine Donatelli Crocco , who April 7, 1861 , occupied by 400 other brigands. On it, as on other castles Lucan , disparate legends have been passed .


40 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Pignola, Lagopesole, Acerenza
The Round Butter Beans are produced in the province of Potenza, in the towns of Round, Viggianello, Castelluccio Superiore, Castelluccio Inferiore. The land on which are grown Fagioli Bianchi di Rotonda is located in the valley of the Mercure. The main qualitative features are the high protein content of the grain; the very thin tegument, and finally the appearance of the pods that are completely white, with seeds of larger size, a characteristic round / oval and without mottling. The cultivation of agricultural techniques used for the production are characterized by the strong presence of man in the production process and the use of tools of the valley of the Mercure, such as the exclusive use of chestnut stakes for the support of beans obtained from the woods present in that valley. The technique used for cultivation is the same one that has been passed down over the years with a number of farming operations carried out entirely by hand, such as the construction of the support structure for the climbing beans, weeding and harvesting of the product. When planting beans are used to support chestnut stakes of various sizes according to the use of the tem or network dibbling, for the growth of runner beans. Famous Festival of Round White Bean that demonstrates the strong link between the product and the country. In 2004, White Beans in Round have been included in the list of traditional products in the Basilicata region.


15 Km from SANT'AGATA
  Area Venosa, Melfi, Atella
The Hannibal Bridge is a stone bridge with one arch and is visible along the road that connects Cerreto Samnite and Cusano Mutri ; coming from Cerreto Sannita on your right you will see an iron monument and from there down a small road that leads to the bridge (you can park your car at the end of this street ) . After crossing the bridge you have to turn right and go up the Titerno always keeping the river to your right (WARNING: Once across the bridge , on your left you will see a red-white marked trail , this trail descends along the river and is not to our interest ) . The trail is not well marked , sometimes you encounter white ribbons along the way , not to get lost you just do not get away from the river bed , but not to get too close to avoid slipping. Continuing along the trail you will come to the bridge to sink (in the period of June, the river is almost dry , and you can take the final part directly in the river bed , pay attention to the stones very slippery ) . Once under the bridge you can have a nice view of the Gorges sink from the bottom , at which point it is impossible to continue and you should return to the starting point, following the same path . Given that strongly advised not to go up from this point directly on the deck of sink as it is very easy to slip , for information only , it can be traced back to the left side of the pillar.


11 Km from SANT'AGATA
Altitude: 737 mt. a.s.l.  Area Atella, Melfi, San Fele
Monteverde lies on a hill in the upper valley of the Ofanto, the eastern borders of Campania, in the land of Irpinia whose totemic animal wolf (hirpus in Osco, the language of the Samnites). The old town, perched around the castle, adapts to the morphology of the place, repeatedly shocked by earthquakes, and retains the original urban fabric of the countries irpini deep sea, with its narrow streets with steps to reconcile the differences in height of the road circles, and a physical space where cramped not rare is the use of the rock residential purposes. Walking in the streets, you notice, incorporated in a house, a rock shaped by the wind in the shape of an elephant. Frequent is also the solution of the loggia of wide arches made of local stone. The aggregation of terraced houses along the concentric series of alleys, arches and stairways that follow the trend of the hill, donated compactness to the village. The castle, built in local stone hewn and worked, has been adapted and enlarged in the fifteenth century by the Aragonese tower erected by the Lombards to defend the boundaries of the Duchy of Benevento. Equipped with four cylindrical towers at the corners of a sprawling structure, has been transformed from a stately fortress in 1744 by the barons Sangermano you have added the right wing. The tower is the best preserved southern corner. The castle has been completely redeveloped in 2006. At his feet is still visible a portion of wall-Pelasgian sannitiche (IV-III century BC). In the paved streets, the focus is often captured by the buildings of interesting bill landed bourgeoisie nineteenth century, as the palaces Pelosi and Spirit in via Bocchetti, embellished with artistic portals. As for places of worship, the main one is the former cathedral dedicated to Saint Mary of Nazareth. Dominated by the castle, is presented to us in the Baroque style of the remake of 1728, but the first plant of the fourteenth century, with expansion in the sixteenth. The last restoration following the earthquake of 1980 revealed Romanesque structures. Inside has paintings of the Neapolitan school of the seventeenth century, wooden statues and altars aged XV and XVIII; a crucifix was recently dated to the thirteenth century. Even the parish church is dedicated to St. Mary of Nazareth and was rebuilt in 1728, but the remake is 1901; primitive plant dates back to the eleventh century and the paintings inside are eighteenth century. The church of Santa Maria del Carmine, eighteenth century, was attached to the convent of the Carmelites abolished in 1652; has a bell tower with Gothic windows of 1888. Small are the church of St. Anthony (XVII century) and the rural church of San Rocco at the entrance of the village, which does not escape the recent restoration. the dish From focaccia peasant cornmeal cooked on embers in place of bread or to enrich boiled vegetable field, you get to more elaborate dishes, but always derived agropastoral, based homemade pasta (ravioli, orecchiette, cavatelli, lasagna), legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils, broad beans, grass peas), vegetables (cabbage, chicory, asparagus). The robust wine grape Sangiovese and Aglianico accompanies sausages and red and white meat, including the head of lamb with potatoes, typical dish of the Easter period.



Basilicata is embedded between Calabria and Apulia , in the south of Italy. One does not stumble across this region accidentally but chooses to visit it if in search of a new experience, plunging into places where silence, colours, scents and flavours remove the visitor from the frenzy and stress of modern life, offering unique sensations. The woods and forests that cover the mountains are dotted with small and charming villages, some even at an altitude of 1000 mt, where pure air, genuine flavours and the beauties of nature are combined with historical vestiges satisfying any wish. Beautiful, yet not very explored, is the area of the Monticchio Lakes, one of the most spectacular locations in Basilicata. Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo, are two splendid stretches of water that fill the two craters of Mount Vulture, now extinct, and are surrounded by thick and lush vegetation. Even though it is a mainly internal region, Basilicata is on two seas: the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea. The Ionic coast, with the two famous sea resorts of Metaponto and Policoro, offers wide beaches, either sandy or pebbly, partially surrounded by pinewoods and rows of eucalyptus that give off a lovely scent. The Gulf of Policastro, on the Tyrrhenian side, has higher and more indented coasts, where steep promontories alternate with small beaches, washed by a crystal-clear sea. The provinces of the region are Potenza (regional capital) and Matera.