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Green tourism: a week in Irpinia

Spend a week with us in Irpinia, a fantastic territory in the region Campania, and discover what green tourism is, on a tour that will make you sleep in a typical farmhouse in the middle of nature, will take you to discover beautiful historical places, some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, ancient archaeological sites, hidden oases that will leave you breathless… All this accompanied by mouth-watering food and wine tours, where you will taste the local zero kilometer delicacies.

This tour is prepared in collaboration with infoirpinia.it, an association of smart and motivated guys, united by a passion for their territory and the desire to enhance it. It’s a travel proposal in this territory of Campania aimed at the discovering of its beauty.

Are you ready to expore the green Irpinia with us? You’ll love it!

The accommodation

farmhouse Le Conche Country House, village of villamaina in irpinia

As an accommodation for this week we thought of a typical farmhouse surrounded by large green areas. It’s called Le Conche Country House, located in the heart of Irpinia, in the village of Villamaina, and consists of two ancient farmhouses and an ancient water mill, recently renovated, respecting the local building tradition and the principles of bio-architecture.

 

 

farmhouse Le Conche Country House, village of villamaina in irpinia

 

The large living room is carved into the rock and the rooms, spacious, bright and comfortable, are distributed in two old houses, completely in stone. Each room has a private bathroom and a view of the valley or the oak forest. There are also some suites, with independent access and equipped with large terraces, kitchenette and stone fireplace.

The thermal springs of this place make it pleasant and unspoiled. The structure is surrounded by large green spaces where you can walk among the oaks: ideal for a relaxing holiday but also for outdoor events.

Day 1: Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi – Abbazia del Goleto

  • Guided tour of the extraordinary Abbazia del Goleto
  • Local wine and cheese tasting
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Handmade pasta laboratory activities and folk dances

abbey of the goleto in sant'angelo of the lombardi in irpinia, avellino

The first day includes a historical-mystical journey into the territory of the Upper Irpinia. It starts from the wonderful Abbazia del Goleto, a religious complex located in Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi, founded in 1133 by the patron saint of Irpinia, San Guglielmo da Vercelli. By the will of the founder, the vast primitive building was destined to house a mixed community of nuns and monks, where the supreme authority was represented by the Abbess, while the monks were entrusted with the liturgical service and the care of the administrative part. This complex included the great monastery of the nuns, next to the apse, and the smaller one of the monks, in front of the facade.

Day 2: Zungoli, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy

  • Guided tour of the enchanting historic center
  • Guided tour of the Susanna Castle
  • Tasting of caciocavalli in the maturing caves
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Oil tasting at the oil mill

castle of zungoli in irpinia, province of avellino, among the most beautiful villages in italy

The journey continues to Zungoli, an extraordinary Irpinia village located 60km from Avellino, in the Ufita Valley area. It’s among the “most beautiful villages in Italy” and the only municipality in the province of Avellino to have obtained the “Orange Flag”, an important tourist recognition of the Italian Touring Club. This splendid medieval village preserves a marvelous historical center composed meticulously by concentric alleys, perched houses, ancient portals and cheeses maturing caves; the spectacular Norman Castle of Susanna, built in the 11th century, with cylindrical towers corresponding to the 4 cardinal points; then the beautiful convent of San Francesco of the Reformed Friars Minor, built on the foundations of the church of S. Cataldo.

Day 3: the wonderful medieval village of Rocca san Felice

  • Guided tour of the beautiful village and climb up to the Castle
  • Visit to the winery producing typical local cheese
  • Tasting of Carmasciano along with local wine
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Descent to the Mefite, the door of the underworld, with a guided tour and historical representation

medieval village of Rocca San Felice

On the third day you will discover the extraordinary village of Rocca San Felice. With its Lombard origins, built as a bulwark between the duchies of Benevento and Salerno, it preserves all the ancient medieval charm. In the square we find the original portal of access to the village and the linden of freedom. In the Ansanto valley is the Mefite, a lake of sulphurous origin with a millenary history, already known to Virgil who told of its mighty strength that led to an eternal sleep. The door to the underworld is ready to be discovered!

Day 4: Bagnoli Irpino, the land of truffles and chestnuts

  • Guided tour of the beautiful village
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Naturalistic trekking on the Laceno plateau

natural landscape from Bagnoli Irpino, mountains and nature, autumn

On the fourth day you go to Bagnoli Irpino, an Irpinia municipality of about 3,000 inhabitants located in the heart of the Picentini Mountains, 40 km from Avellino. This delightful village is very famous for the presence of Lake Laceno, a particularly famous tourist area, and for its excellent typical products starting from the black truffle, chestnut and cheeses. Every year, in October, the “Chestnut and Truffle Festival” takes place which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists: this will be the 42nd edition and will be held over the weekends from 19th to 20th and from 25th to 27th October 2019.

There are many beauties to visit: the Chiesa Madre, Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta, the monumental complex of San Domenico, the bell tower, the castles, Palazzo della Tenta of the sixteenth century, the Fontana del Gavitone and the clock tower, the Jewish Quarter, all situated in the beautiful 19th century historical center.

Day 5: Mirabella Eclano and Taurasi – Aeclanum and  Caggiano wineries

  • Guided tour of the archaeological area of Aeclanum
  • Guided tour of the Museum of th Cart and the Museum of Mysteries
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Guided tour and wine tasting in the renowned Caggiano Winery

archaeological site of aeclanum in mirabella eclano, irpinia, province of avellino

The fifth day includes a journey through time at the archaeological site of Aeclanum. Founded at the end of the 3rd century BC, the ancient Aeclanum is one of the most important Samnite centers of Irpinia and is located at the Passo di Mirabella. Another important Mirabella tradition is the Cart and in fact you can visit its Museum.

In the afternoon you will move to Taurasi. Here in 1990 the construction of the cellars was started, born a little for fun, a bit for a bet from an idea by Antonio Caggiano, not only to find scents and flavors vanished in the reality of the wine of Taurasi, but also to create a small museum of rural culture. Built according to modern technical criteria and ancient aesthetic taste, the visitor accesses it through environments that let imagine a mysterious underground world, between walls of large boulders, arches and vaulted ceilings.

Day 6: Conza and Cairano – the roots of the clouds

  • Guided visit to the WWF Oasis of Conza della Campania
  • Guided tour of the archaeological area of Compsa
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with typical local products
  • Ascent on the magical Rupe di Cairano

oases wwf of conza, lake of conza, green irpinia, green tourism

The week ends in Conza della Campania and in Cairano, two municipalities that contain much of the most intimate and hidden beauty of Irpinia. The wwf oasis of Conza is a natural wonder where the variety of flora and fauna of the area is exquisitely explained by those in charge.

In Conza it is also possible to visit the archaeological area of Compsa which is located in a vast area on the upper part of a hill on the Ofanto river, occupied until 23 November 1980 by the town of Conza della Campania razed to the ground by the earthquake. Following the collapses and subsequent demolitions carried out throughout the modern suburb, the forum emerged. together with the amphitheater, numerous finds of various kinds (epigraphs, sarcophagi, mosaics, etc.) arranged in a museum set up in a renovated building within the area.

The strategic position of Cairano, at the center of the natural communication route between the Ofanto valley and that of the Sele river that joins the Adriatic coast to the Tyrrhenian one, has favored human settlement since the early Iron Age. This small and wonderful village has inspired artists of all kinds, up to Vinicio Capossela who dedicated his book “Il Paese dei Coppoloni” to it.

Here ends our week-long proposal in Irpinia, but your journey can continue.

This tour will take you to visit some of the most significant places in this beautiful area, unfortunately still little known by most outside Campania region. Combining culture, tradition, nature, excellent local food and fine wines, a week in Irpinia can be enough to get you a taste of what the territory has to offer. However, based on the days you have available and your needs, we can modify the tour according to your requests, perhaps omitting or adding a few stops.

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How to get to Irpinia

The starting point for a holiday in Irpinia is Avellino, the main city in the province connected by highway to the city of Naples, where there are major connections with other cities and Countries.

The nearest airport is Naples Capodichino, from where it’s possible to reach Avellino in less than an hour by bus with the AIR line. If you arrive in Rome, there are direct buses too that take you to Avellino in about 3 hours. There are several bus companies that run from Tiburtina station to Rome to Avellino. We suggest you, in addition to the aforementioned AIR company, Marozzi and, usually the most convenient, Flixbus. To compare prices and timetables, you can also take a look at Trainline, a website that compares the prices of different companies of both trains and buses.

If you travel by car, coming from Naples you can take the A16 Naples – Canosa to the Avellino Ovest exit. Coming from the South instead, there is the A2 motorway link that connects Avellino with Salerno and the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria highway.

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