Venosa & the Aglianico del Vulture Area
The Land of Poetry & Wine
We'll "sieze the day" ("carpe diem"), as we venture out to visit Venosa, the charming Roman village and birthplace of the famous Latin Poet, Horace. Venosa, (from "Venusia", meaning town of Venus), is set against the backdrop of ancient archaeological ruins and vineyards, in the heart of the Vulture area. The name comes from the long inactive Monte Vulture volcano. The rich, fertile soil is ideal for vineyards, in fact, it is here that the award-winning, DOC Aglianico wine is produced.
After visiting Venosa and the town's historic highlights, we'll have a delightful, traditional lunch in a lovely local restaurant and then move on to have a wine-tasting and tour of one of the local private vineyards. After that, we'll move on to the picturesue town of Rionero in Vulture, where we'll finish the day visiting the beautiful 17th century cellars, once used by Franciscan monks, before heading back to Matera.
Cost: the cost varies depending on how transportation is organized and group size. Contact me by email for an estimate.
Final price includes: (transportation, if necessary), tour of Venosa, lunch and wine tasting at Vineyard, cellar tour & wine tasting.
Duration: this is a full day excursion. We generally leave Matera at 8:30 a.m. & are back by 6:30 p.m. (return times are approximate)
Level of difficulty: easy, although *Comfortable walking shoes with good traction are highly recommended.