Venosa

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Venosa

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Venosa

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Venosa

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Venosa

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Venosa

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Venosa

STEEPED IN HISTORY

Venosa lies in northern Basilicata, at the foot of the extinct volcano Monte Vulture, not far from the city of Melfi. It is a small town with ancient origins and a colourful past; this jewel has been named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and has significant cultural and historical value. The ancient town of ‘Venusia‘ meaning town of ‘Venus‘ was one of the largest Roman colonies, and is the birthplace of one of the greatest Roman poets – Horace; (65-8 BC), who is acknowledged for ‘The Epodes’, an iambic genre of ‘blame poetry’ written to shame fellow citizens into a sense of their social obligations.

Its history can be traced back to 291 BC. Due to its extensive history, Venosa is littered with important archaeological finds dating back to the Roman era. Home to various beautiful palaces and churches, including the cathedral, Venosa provides a stunning cultural backdrop for exploration. Short theatre and film festivals are sometimes held in Venosa and the Incompiuta, the Unfinished Church, plays host to performances at times.

This jewel is famed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and has significant cultural and historical value. Venosa is in the heart of the Vulture region, a fertile area that takes its name from the now extinct Vulture Volcano. Due to the fertility of the land, Venosa is recognised as one of the best makers of Italian wine, producing the famous Aglianico del Vulture (DOC), the annual Aglianico Wine Festival has been held in September, with tastings, cooking classes and various other events.

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JEWISH CATACOMBS

The ancient Jewish catacombs have inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin showing the importance of the Jewish population here in the last centuries of the Roman Empire.

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LE ONDE VENOSAPARK

This water park is located in Venosa and is the perfect day out for water lovers and anyone with children. It offers both indoor and outdoor pools, slides and rides as well as water aerobics classes.

THE HOUSE OF HORACE

For those interested in the renowned Roman poet, Horace, this Roman building has been named for him and is a point of interest. Venosa also contains a statue of the poet, thought to have been erected in the late 18th century.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

The Archaeological Park is situated at the north eastern edge of Venosa and contains the ruins of a Roman settlement, including an amphitheatre and thermal baths. For those interested in history both places are essential to your Basilicata itinerary.

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CASTLE OF PIRRO DEL BALZO

One of the many attractions here is the castle “Pirro del Balzo”, named after the Duke that constructed it upon the ruins of an ancient cathedral. The castle was built in several stages, in or around 1400 AD the first towers and the building were placed  and construction was continued in the 18th century. Today part of the castle houses the National Archaeological Museum, where archaeological finds from pre-Roman times to the Norman period are stored. Nearby lies the fountain of “Angioina” from 1298 and the “Chiesa del Purgatorio”; a church built in a Baroque style during the sixteenth century, both are worth a visit.

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ABBEY OF THE HOLY TRINITY

The unfinished Abbey of the Holy Trinity is one of the most historically interesting monuments in Southern Italy. It is the largest monastery complex in Basilicata and consists of the “chiesa vecchia”, the old church from paleo-Christian times and “Chiesa Nuova”, the new church. In the abbey there are frescos and mosaics from different eras on display. The Holy Trinity Church contains the tomb of the Norman crusader, Robert Guiscard, as well as more beautiful frescos and mosaics.