About the neighbourhood
Melfi is the heart of the northern part of Basilicata, with its Norman castles, cathedrals, abbeys, splendid lakes and the woods of Monticchio, museums, and rock churches. In the city there is a thousand-year history in which traces of Longobards, Byzantines, Swabians, Normans, Arabs and Aragonese have left their mark. Former capital of Apulia and home to 5 papal councils, Melfi is the place where, in 1089, Urban II banned the first crusade. Walking along the city walls, an ideal itinerary is accomplished from the castle from which Frederick II issued his Constitutions in 1231, leading to the magnificent Bishop's Palace. Nearby are the villages of Venosa, Acerenza and Lagopesole and the Municipalities of Aglianico, such as Barile and Rionero.
The city tour can be easily done on foot, however the car is recommended to visit the countries of the Vulture, where art, wine and cuisine come together in an exceptional mix. Each place has its own specificity, from the Roman remains of Venosa, to the magnificent Norman cathedral of Acerenza, from the characteristic arbreshe villages to the places that were the cradle of brigandage in the aftermath of the unification of Italy.