Calitri centro storico
photo by Vito Galgano

Calitri is a city in Campania.

Getting there

By private driver for transfers and tours +39 3394999884

By car

Naples (Napoli): 1 hour 20 minutes. Take the A16 (it is a toll road) and head east (est); Rome : 3 hours 30 minutes. Take the A1/E45 to A30 to A16 Bari : 2 hours 30 minutes. From Lacedonia, follow the blue and white street signs for Bisaccia, once you hit Bisaccia follow the blue and white street signs for Calitri


  • Church of St. Canion (Chiesa de Dan Canio) Among the other works of art in this church are three splendid paintings representing respectively the St. Canion Falls, the Adoration of the Holy Sacrament and the Presentation in the Temple.

  • Church of the Annunciation (Chiesa dell'Annunziata) Built in 1577 and restored toward the end of the 17th Century, it has an artistic stone portal with lunette and several 18th-century paintings by Cavallino.

  • Town Hall (Casa del Comune) The building, formerly a convent for Benedictine nuns, dates back to the second half of the 16th century. Its present appearance is the result of restoration done after the 1930 earthquake. The original oratory and some cells have been preserved.

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception (Chiesa Dell'immacolata Concezione) It was open for worship as of 1714 and completely rebuilt after the 1980 earthquake. Noteworthy are the 17th –century statue of St. Vitus and that of the Immaculate Conception, dated 1730. A permanent Nativity Scene, of great value, set in the church crypt, reproduces the narrow streets of the old town, some of which are no longer in existence. There is an exhibit located inside the Immaculate Conception church. The objects on display are centuries-old and come from various churches in town.

  • Museum of peasant culture (Museo della Civilta Contadina) Located in the A. Del Re middle school, it houses objects and tools pertaining to the peasant life of the past.

  • Ceramics Museum (Museo della Cermica) It is situated inside the very beautiful Borgo Castello (recently retored). It houses samples of Calitrian ceramics, dating from antiquity to modern times. The "Permanent Ceramics Exhibit" is located in the restored Borgo Castello, which owes its name to the ancient feudal castle that once occupied this site, but was destroyed by repeated earthquakes through the centuries. The rationale for situating the Ceramics exhibit in a context so rich in history is that Calitri has an ancient and glorious ceramics tradition, proven by remains dating back to the IV and III centuries b.C. The present day ceramics industry and its practitioners have a centuries-old history, and thus the exhibit houses various sections, including one dedicated to contemporary ceramics.

  • Museum of Interactive Sciences (Museo delle Scienze Interattive) It is housed in the “Largo San Berardino” and consists of instruments and mechanical devices designed to provide an entertaining approach to science for museum visitors.

  • Cupa Lane (Sentiero della Cupa) A nature trail amid the countryside greenery leading to the site of an ancient legend.

  • The lake of reeds (Lago delle Canne) This lake abounds in a rich variety of fish (trout, carp, etc.), in a fascinating natural setting, ensconced in the Castiglione Forest, whose fauna includes bores, hares, foxes, and badgers, as well as blackbirds, hawks, woodcock, and quail. Laghi di

Things to do

  • Take a tour to Mount Vulture Vineyard. Visit to the vineyard with briefing on various type of wines grapes, climates and soil. Back in the cellar to learn the history of the wine and how the wine was made including learning about the wine making process. Wineries/Vineyards: The Alovini Winery use the aglianico grapes from some of the best-tended vineyards anywhere in Italy. The volcanic soils around the stunning but extinct volcano "Mount Vulture" also contribute to the unique wine. Cabanico Basilicata igt, Al Volo Aglianico del Vulture doc. Feudi di San Gregorio Estate - Vigne di Mezzo - which has a cluster of vineyards near the villages of Barile, Rionero in Vulture and Rampolla, all sharing a south-east exposure on the Mount Vulture in the region of Basilicata. The grapes are Aglianico del Vulture. Efesto Aglianico del Vulture doc.

  • Take an Antique Italian Pompeii Sculpture Course. Experience a unique opportunity to spend a day in the workshop of Vito Zabatto, a renown local sculptor, who will teach you the antique art of Italian Pompei-style sculpting, where vases and statues are fashioned out of strips of clay.

  • Take a regional cooking class Held at the exclusive Palazzo Zampaglione. Each course will include introduction to the course and to each other, demonstration, preparation and cooking of the dishes, and tasting of the dishes. A translator will participate in the course to translate the cooking explanations to ensure that the traditional recipe hasn't been modified by changes in culture and language.

Regional Wine Tastings

  • Palazzo Zampaglione. Learn the mechanics of serving wine (glasses, bottles, corks, corkscrews and various paraphernalia). Subjects covered: how to taste the wine, principles of food and wine matching. Buying wine for your cellar (Wine Selection Techniques). Campania, Basilicata and Puglia Wines that may be sampled: Carpe Diem Aglianico del VUlture doc, Spumante Ellenico Aglianico del Vulture igt, Spumante Moscato igt, Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture doc, Bianco di Corte Fiano igt, Clivus Moscato Spumante igt, Barigliott igt, Antico Spumante igt


Calitrian cuisine is renowned in the area for being very tasty and rather spicy. Typical hand-made pasta dishes include cingul', the local dish par excellence. This is short, twirly pasta boiled and then served with a thick, tasty tomato sauce; other varieties of pasta with the same sauce include lahan' and aurecchi' r' preut'- (priest’s ears in the local dialect); another must are cannazze', served with delicious hot tomato sauce and pecorino cheese; and sciliend' (a special vermicelli-like pasta) with a condiment of garlic-fried oil and hot chili pepper.

Meat-based delicacies include m'gliatiegghij' a local favourite made up of tasty roulades of kid or lamb casings garnished with cheese, offal, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and sliced sausage; sfritta, or chopped pork meat sautéed with hot peppers; also sammuchij', a local pudding made of pork blood seasoned with minced lard, little segments of orange peel, rice, raisins, cinnamon, pork casings, walnuts, salt and chili pepper powder.

A traditional fish-based delicacy is stockfish a la ualanegna, the favourite of plowmen in the past (ualan' means plowman), in which stockfish is boiled and flavoured with garlic, herbs and chili peppers.

  • , Via dell'arco di Zampaglione n.5, Typical Calitrian cuisine, very central, closed on Sundays.

  • Tre Rose Ristorante, 0827 34123, Via Sotto Macelli 9, An 'osteria' serving good local wines and food of typical Calitrian style, expect to pay 3 or 4 euro's for a meal! excellent cooks, very central, closed on Sundays. Gets very busy with the locals so get there early.

  • Ristorante Gagliano, 0827 30069, località Gagliano

  • Manhattan Restaurant/Pizzeria, 333 429 4003, Via Pittoli, Typical local cuisine, excellent food, very lively, very central.

  • Punto Pizzeria, 0827 34574, Corso Garibaldi 1, Pizza for all tastes, closed on Tuesdays.

  • Speedy Pizzeria, 0827 38024, Corso Matteotti, Pizza for all tastes.

  • Bar-Pasticceria Zabatta, 0827 30325, Via de Sanctis 7, amazing desserts and biscuits

  • Bar-Gelateria Jolly, 0827 30012, Corso Garibaldi, A fantastic range of freshly made ice-cream.


  • Casa del Cipresso , , via Cipresso, Calitri, in the Medieval Borgo, Self-catering holiday rental in a charming medieval village house. Weekly/long weekend rent by owner. Sleeps 2-4 Guests.

  • Casa Del Re In Calitri, the entire village is working towards opening its doors to visitors. Approximately thirty Medieval Homes have been restored and now are being offered to rent on a weekly and monthly basis. All Medieval houses share a closed similarity in their interior design and décor particularly in their facade due to belonging to the Borgo (district), where houses are built next to each other and in some cases in second floors – a main characteristic of Italian architecture in Medieval times. All of the properties have been recently renovated to ensure a pleasant and worry-free stay, but they have been carefully kept their distinctive look of the time in which they were built. The architectural design has been carefully preserved.

  • Palazzo Zampaglione, Bed and breakfast in the medieval part of the village of *Calitri*. It is a three-story building of historical importance. The ground floor of the palazzo dates back as far as the end of the 15th century and is characterized by vaulted-ceiling cellars. Many internal sections of the palazzo are strengthened in wood, on which carved and painted heraldic decorations can be seen on display. The palazzo has been completely restructured with a view to maintaining all the characteristics any, but they have been carefully kept their distinctive look of the time in which they were built. The architectural design has been carefully preserved.

  • Monticchio is a stunning location in the heart of the Mount Vulture region. It is situated on the crater of an extinct volcano, and is made up of two emerald-green lakes surrounded by a dense forest of chestnut and beech trees. This wood was a favorite haunt of highway men in the years following the unification of Italy in 1860. The remains of the ancient Abbey of Sant'Ippolito (Abbazia di Sant'Ippolito) are located near the Great Lake (Lago Grande), while the Abbey of San Michele (Abbazia di San Michele) overlooks the Little Lake (Lago Piccolo), dominating the surroundings and reflecting off its waters. It is partially carved out of an enormous rock that used to be the living space of a Brazilian hermit. The lakes and the nearby woods have numerous trails to offer both the serious hiker and the casual stroller. There are various restaurants nearby specializing in local delicacies and wine. 20 kilometres from Calitri, about a 40 minute drive.

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