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more about Calitri
is in Campania, a region very well known both in Italy
and abroad as the
homeland of pizza, mozzarella, and of romantic melodies.
The Borgo Antico Calitri is located in the centre of
Italy - halfway between the ruins of Pompeii and the
Amalfi coast to the west and Magna Graecia to the east
The area around Calitri
is sprinkled with castles, aristocratic palazzos and
delightful locations soaked in history and tradition,
ridged with hills and valleys and marked by the ancient
trails along which Hannibal and his legions marched
when setting off to attack ancient Rome 2,000 years
ago. Twenty centuries later, these lands are still completely
intact. Here, visitors can wander around and re-discover
ancient worlds, visit abbeys and monasteries reminiscent
of times gone by, enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine and
wine, bask in the sun, and fill their time with exciting
sports and cultural activities. This combination of
factors make Calitri a unique holiday location where
homebuyers can go to switch off and recharge their batteries.
The Antico Borgo Calitri is in the oldest section of
the 6,500-strong town of Calitri and is dominated by
the castle which predates the 12th century. The town
is known to locals in the Irpinia area as the Positano
d'Irpinia because its pastel colours and architecture
are reminiscent of villages on the Amalfi coast. Calitri
is surrounded by idyllic countryside interspersed with
rivers, lakes, fields, woods and archeological ruins.
It's origins are lost in the mists of time, and the
town and the areas around it are dotted with archeological
remains dating back to ancient Rome and beyond. In the
centuries following the decline of the Roman Empire
the area became an important route of communication
and transport connecting the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic
coast. It fell under the control of Fedric II of Svevia
during his reign in the 12th century and was then subjected
to Spanish dominion, and later became difficult to visit
when many locals turned into makeshift highway men to
combat the Napoleonic dominion of the 1800s. This turned
the region into an isolated, insecure and poor area,
which in turn encouraged workers and families in the
early 1900s to emigrate to the richer north of Italy
as well as North and South America in search of a better
future, which led many a household to be abandoned.
The local economy also suffered from
an earthquake in the 1980s similar to one that took
place in the region of Umbria in 1997. History has helped
mould the gastronomical customs of the area. Most of
the typical mouthwatering dishes are based on home-grown
agricultural produce, meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and
vegetables. Age-old recipes passed down through generations
are still prevalent today and are founded on the traditions
of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Local wines are also
an important attraction, some of which, like the Greco
di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Lacrymae Christi, Taurasi
and the Aglianico, are well known and appreciated around
Antico Borgo is structurally a labyrinth of ancient
palazzos, rustic ironwork, marble stairways and engravings.
The houses have thick stone walls designed to seal cold
or warm air in, making the internal ambiance more comfortable
depending on the season. Its wine cellars, meandering
medieval passageways, chiselled entrance ways, marble
engravings, sun-kissed courtyards and rooftops are a
snapshot of a bygone area. The Borgo has the added bonus
of a unique view over the valley.
to get to Calitri
1 hour 20 minutes.
3 hours 30 minutes.
2 hours 30 minutes.
road from Naples
the A30 to the Avellino Est exit. Follow the Ofantina
state road towards Lioni-Calitri.
road from Rome
the A1 towards Naples and then the A30 to the Avellino
road from Bari
the A16 towards north/Candela in the direction of
Naples. Turn off at the Vallata exit and follow
the signs for Calitri.