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.