What to see


CALITRI in green Irpinia:
an oasis of peace and quiet unmarred by mass tourism a mere 1  hour away from Naples

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
blessed by the presence of adjacent nature parks and lakes

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
strategically/centrally located magnet for through tourism to Apulia, Basilicata, and the Gargano peninsula

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
a link in the endless chain of castles, churches and convents that arose during centuries of feudal and clerical rule

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
dominated by Samnites, Goths, Lombards, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Anjous, Aragonese, Bonapartes, and Bourbons, a cultural jigsaw puzzle and horn of plenty of folklore

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
its historic centre a treasure-trove of buildings bearing sculpted masks, shells, animal figures and family coats of arms, often dating back to the Middle Ages

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
where the air is still filled with the aroma of home-baked bread and crackling fireplaces

CALITRI in green Irpinia:
free of mafia activities

Abbey of Goleto





Environs of Calitri

  • the archaeological park of ancient Conza

  • Rionero in Vulture, from where one can commence excursions to the extinct Monte Vulture volcano (1326m)

  • the twin lakes of Monticchio, known for its natural beauty, Gaudianella mineral water springs, S. Michele abbey from the 17th century

  • the 12th century convent complex S. Guglielmo at S. Angelo dei Lombardi

  • the new museum located in the S. Francesco a Folloni abbey with its church of the same name and the S. Maria del Monte convent located in the Montella hills

  • the castle of Frederik II of Hohenstaufen, king of both Sicily and Jerusalem, emperor of the German Realm, at Lagopesole

  • The Norman castle at Melfi and the cathedral begun in 1115

  • In Venosa, the Aragon castle from the 15th century, place of birth of the Roman poet Horatius, the S. Trinita cathedral with the Norman abbey and graves, the Jewish necropolis

  • The Norman fortress at Deliceto

  • The Norman castle at Bovino

  • The Norman castle at Ariano Irpino

  • The Hohenstaufen castle at Ascoli Satriano, Ortanova and Orsara

  • The place of pilgrimage Montevergine from 1129 with 17th century basilica, museum, abbey palace with its collection of antique Nativity scenes, 18th century pharmacy with a collection of antique Majolica pharmacist's pots and gilded boiserie, 16th century Flemish wall hangings and collection of 7,000 parchments

  • excursion to Naples: the incomparable Baroque of the Neopolitan churches, the treasures in the museums (now also open in the evening), the 13th and 14th century castles Castel Nuovo, Castel Capuano, Castel S. Elmo, and Castel dell'Ovo, the Royal palaces Palazzo Reale (1602), the Capodimonte museum (1738) and the S. Carlo theatre (1737)

  • excursion to the commercial city of Pompeii inundated by volcanic ash 79 years after Christ

  • The 'futuristic' district of Bisaccia that contrasts so strikingly with the old village centre and castle Pignatelli


Monticchio Lakes


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