The realm of castles and woodland, Vulture is a land of Kings and Queens, Popes and scholars, Knights Templar and brigands. It’s off the beaten track in terms of mass tourism, but it’s no less interesting or appealing. Nature-lovers will feel quite at home here, thanks to the densely forested mountains with footpaths to explore during the pleasant weather of Spring and Autumn.
In this region, as you go from village to village, you can find a pattern of towers and castles surrounded by evocative settlements, like Melfi, with its Medieval architectural style, where every stone exudes its glorious history.
Moving on from these gems, you can discover this hidden corner of Italy by finding out about one of its great wines: l’Aglianico del Vulture DOCG. Thanks to volcanic soil around Monte Vulture, this wine’s grapes flourish. It’s often called the ‘Barolo del Sud’, or the Barolo of the South.
By finding out more about this complex wine, you’ll visit beautiful treasures set in woodlands, like Venosa, the home of the Roman poet Horace and one of the prettiest villages in Italy, along with Rapolla, with its hot thermal springs.
Tour the wine cellars around the vineyards of Aglianico del Vulture DOCG
Treat yourself to a day of complete relaxation at the thermal baths in Rapolla
Discover the delightful Arbëresh village of Maschito, where a few people still speak this language
Visit the cave Church of Santa Margherita at Melfi, entirely carved into the volcanic rock, tuphus, and covered in frescoes
Go by scooter to discover the castles of the Vulture region
Go for a hike on one of the 14 paths around Monte Vulture
Relax with a trip to the Lakes of Monticchio, immersing yourself completely in nature
Listen to the mysterious legends linked to the Abbey of Santissima Trinità at Venosa, in the city of Horace
Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Melfi, located inside Melfi Castle
Go sport fishing at Fiumara di Atella or Lake Elena in the vicinity of Lavello