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Nature, Culture and Cellars

Nature, Culture and Cellars

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“Est locus Italiae medio sub montibus altis, nobilis et fame multis memoratus in oris, Amsancti valles” …

In this quotation, taken from Book VII of the Aeneid, Virgil names the Ansanto Valley in Irpinia, where a mysterious place stands for centuries believed to be the passage from earth to the underworld. This is the Mefite, an area known to the ancients for the presence of a lake of the same name, characterized by the exhalations of sulphurous gases coming from the subsoil.

This is just the beginning of a journey that will take us to spend the night in the center of Gesualdo, in Irpinia.

Here Prince Carlo Gesualdo, a madrigalist musician who lived in the century. XVI, found the right inspiration to compose his very special and nostalgic music, still stimulating the imagination of directors and writers on the events of his life.

The magic of green Irpinia will introduce us to splendid medieval jewels such as the Goleto Abbey, the sources of the Ofanto river and the delightful romantic village of Rocca San Felice.

what's included?

2 Villages in Irpinia (AV)
1 night in a Double Room
Welcome drink
1 Breakfast
1 Tasting; 2 Lunch; 1 Dinner
3 Expert Guides

What is not included?

Transfers to be carried out by own means.
Anything not specified in ``What is included``
2 days and 1 nights

    Tour Plan


    Day 1 - Gesualdo

    10:00 | Check-in
    Arrival in Gesualdo (Av) and check-in at the B&B Zembalo. A welcome drink is provided for guests. The accommodation is located in the center of the town where it is possible to move around on foot.
    11:00 - 13:00 | Gesualdo Castle, Pisapia Palace, Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
    Guided tour of the ancient village and the grandiose castle of Gesualdo; visit of the splendid Palazzo Pisapia and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, known for preserving the famous painting "The forgiveness of Carlo Gesualdo" whose authorship is traced back to the artist Giovanni Balducci.
    13:30 - 15:00 | Lunch "Da Peppino"
    Lunch at the restaurant "Da Peppino". We will have lunch in a restaurant with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Fredane Valley and the town. Family-run restaurant with typical Irpinia cuisine.
    16:00 - 18:30 | Fiorentino winery and wine tasting
    We will visit the Cantina Fiorentino, in the village of Paternopoli (AV), built with bio-architecture techniques in local chestnut wood. The entire production cycle will be covered, from the arrival of the grapes to the barrel cellar. Tasting of a selection of wines accompanied by snacks based on typical local cheeses and meats.
    20:00 | Gourmet dinner at restaurant "La Pergola"
    "La Pergola" is located in the countryside at the foot of the village of Gesualdo. La Pergola is the pivot of the Mesali Association, founded in 2006. It is made up of a group of Irpinia and non-local restaurateurs, united by the desire to enhance the territory, culture, products and traditions. In the local dialect, Mesali literally means tablecloths, a symbol of hospitality. Here you can experience the good food tasted in the right environment and the right time, accompanied by a great welcome, the true Slow Food philosophy..
    21:30 | Passeggiata nel centro storico di Gesualdo
    We recommend a stop at the town square and then cross and visit the countless alleys where you can walk and meditate accompanied by the quiet of the night.

    Day 2 - Rocca San Felice and Goleto Abbey

    9:30 | Mefite
    After breakfast, arrival at Mefite (free parking), naturalistic site, historical and archaeological site with a small sulphurous lake. Meeting with "Osco", an archaic character and expert guide, who will accompany us through the suggestive "Valley of Death", where sulphurous gases are released (access only with expert guides and when the winds are favorable; never alone). The walk continues through an enchanted forest, rich in ferns and endemic and rare flora, where works of art in the open air, created and donated by Osco are exhibited.
    11:30 - 13:00 | Visit to the village of Rocca San Felice (AV)
    Transfer by car to Rocca San Felice, visit the ancient village with the small archaeological museum and climb to the ancient castle (la Rocca), where you can enjoy a magnificent 360 ° panorama over the Fredane River Valley.
    13:30 - 15:00 | Lunch in a typical restaurant "La Locanda di Enza"
    A food and wine experience in a typical restaurant, typical products and traditional dishes to get to know the authenticity of the place.
    15:30 - 17:30 | Abbey of Goleto
    From Sant’Angelo you will then reach the San Guglielmo district where the guided tour of the splendid Abbey and the monastic citadel with double monastery (female and male), founded by San Guglielmo in the 12th century, will begin. The Abbey is based on Roman remains and was destroyed several times by earthquakes, but always rebuilt. We are near the sources of the Ofanto river, facing the Picentini mountain range (southern Apennines). After the visit, return to the hotel and greetings at the end of the experience.
    The stay at Zembalo B&B
    Located in the center of the village of Gesualdo, one of the most important from an architectural, cultural and artistic point of view, 'Lo Zembalo' is an elegant and comfortable B&B suitable for every need.
    In fact, large double and spacious single rooms are available, with private bathroom and room service. The structure has two large halls and two kitchens located on different floors.
    On the ground floor there is an inviting lounge bar attached to the restaurant-pizzeria for your breakfasts and lunches.
    The Zembalo is an important witness to the history of the village, in fact there are several famous guests who have stayed there in the past; mostly musicians, writers and directors in search of the footsteps of Carlo Gesualdo. For those who consider travel not as a shift from one place to another, but as an immersion in a different culture, the Zembalo is the best choice.

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