Irpinia is a historical-geographical district kept in the hinterland of Campania. Despite its ancient origins, Irpinia is a vibrant territory, rich in charming villages to visit, exquisite delicacies to taste and amazing natural areas to protect. The tranquillity reigning in Irpinia makes it the perfect destination for a stay far from the worries of everyday life.
Irpinia is a vast territory located in the central-eastern area of Campania. Its name comes from the Irpini, people of Samnite descent who had settled in this territory in pre-Roman times. With the Roman conquest, the Irpinia underwent a decline and then rose again in the Norman era. The villages and castles that dot the territory today are the inheritance of this period. Irpinia is commonly associated with the area that includes the municipalities of Avellino (the capital city) that, curiously, rose only in 1800. However, it once covered territories belonging to the province of Benevento and extended to the adjacent Apulia with the province of Foggia. Today Irpinia is gradually emerging in the tourist scenario of Campania, with its enormous potential for cultural, historical, environmental and food and wine value. Here, churches, monuments and traces of urban features of Roman and medieval times represent ancient testimonies of the history of Campania. The spectacular natural landscape is also known as Green Irpinia due to the high biodiversity index covering the whole territory. Also, Irpinia boasts a tasty gastronomic tradition thanks to the rich offer of local products.
A stay in Irpinia
If you are looking for a quiet place where you can relax, be immersed in the extraordinary beauty of the landscape, enjoying excellent food and wines and letting yourself be pampered by the embrace of very hospitable people, Irpinia is the right place for you. For your stay in Irpinia, we recommend Tenuta Ippocrate, a farm nestled in the heart of this wonderful territory. Strategically located just a few minutes drive from the centre of Avellino, the receptive structure offers facilities suitable for all types of stay. Tenuta Ippocrate is composed of 11 suites, all equipped with the necessary amenities for an unforgettable holiday. If you want, you can book rooms in the day-use formula for a short escape from everyday life. You will love the wellness area: here, you will find an enveloping and relaxing atmosphere and be tempted to try the unique wine therapy experience. Speaking of wines, the farm also offers the opportunity to taste and buy the best bottles of own production. Finally, if you want to celebrate an anniversary framed by greenery and far from the chaos of the city, Tenuta Ippocrate is the perfect place. The hotel is an excellent location for weddings, birthday parties and any other important event. If you want to live an authentic Irpinia experience, Tenuta Ippocrate will not disappoint your expectations.Tenuta Ippocrate❯
It is impossible to enclose the countless natural beauties that the Irpinian territory offers in a few lines. Here are some of them.
Monti Picentini Regional Park
Trekking lovers will appreciate Monti Picentini Regional Park, a protected natural area established in 1995. The Park develops between the provinces of Avellino and Salerno, close to the Picentini Mountains. It is immersed in dense vegetation and embraces several municipalities, including more natural sites, such as the Natural Oasis Valle della Caccia (Senerchia), the Natural Oasis of Mount Polveracchio and the Laceno plateau, located about 1000 meters above sea level. Here you will find the homonymous lake with a well-equipped ski area and the beautiful caves of Caliendo (Bagnoli Irpino). Finally, we point out the Calabritto Waterfalls, a fascinating and extraordinary destination where natural beauties are flanked by architectural, historical and artistic sites of great importance.
The Biopark of Montella
The Biopark of Montella is a spectacular site located on a hill. The subsoil is rich in edible mushrooms, strawberries and black truffles. However, the famous chestnut of Montella is the flagship product, whose plantations dot the entire Biopark. Moreover, the site is an important water reserve: it supplies water to Campania and some areas of nearby Puglia. Here, water flows creating magnificent waterfalls scattered over the green territory. If you love silence and long walks in nature, this is the right place for you.
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
In Irpinia, you will find some of the Italian towns recognized by the I Borghi più belli d'Italia association as the most beautiful villages in Italy. Summonte, Nusco and Savignano Irpino are three of them. The glorious past of these cities blends with today’s local traditions and customs, accompanied by as many gastronomic traditions that give exquisite typical dishes and tasty local products.
Summonte is a charming village in the province of Avellino. In ancient times, the Normans chose it as a settlement for the optimal view of the surrounding territory. Today, from the spectacular Angevin Tower, you can enjoy a unique view of the Partenio Regional Park and even the Gulf of Naples. Summonte is renowned for its sources of pure spring water and the marvellous trekking trails it offers. Moreover, folk traditions come to life every year thanks to numerous traditional music and food festivals.
Savignano Irpino locates on the border between Irpinia and the ancient Daunia (today province of Foggia, Apulia). Inhabited by just over 1000 people, Savignano has crossed several eras, and its historic centre tells the story of a past made of bloody wars and continuous changes of domination. The historical buildings scattered throughout the territory will tell you the centenary story of this small village. Finally, we suggest you reach the viewpoint of Tombola overlooking the valley of Cervaro: from here, you can enjoy one of the many breathtaking views of Irpinia. Savignano is famous for its rich gastronomy. Here, you cannot miss cheeses, sausages and typical fresh pasta, such as orecchiette savignanesi (handmade pasta resembling small ears).
Nusco is located on a mountain between Montella and Lioni (Province of Avellino) and is nestled in the River Ofanto valleys. Framed by the massif of Vulture (an extinct volcano) and the mountains of the Campania Apennines, Nusco is a beautiful village that develops around its historic centre that will take you back to the past thanks to weaves of cobblestone streets surrounded by noble buildings. Although its construction dates back to the 7th-8th centuries, the first historical document mentioning Nusco as civitas (a city-state) dates back to 1093. The civil and religious evolution of this village is due to the figure of Bishop Amato. He made Nusco gradually become a real town with its walls, buildings and the famous castle. While walking, we suggest you reach the viewpoint of Porta Molino: the view will leave you speechless! Among the typical products of the village, the most famous is the chestnut of Montella.
Food and wine
The Irpinia is extraordinarily rich in typical products. Among the most famous, we recommend the tasty cheeses, such as Caciocavallo and Scamorza, and the delicious cold cuts and exquisite meats, including Soppressata and sausage. In Irpinia, you will find several homemade pasta, such as Cavatielli di Castelfranco and Fusilli avellinesi. The precious truffles that naturally grow in the subsoil and the hazelnuts and chestnuts cultivated on the whole territory are a real pride of the entire Irpinia. Finally, there is no shortage of olive oil (Irpinia - Colline dell'Ufita PDO, exclusive Revece variety of Irpine plantations) and wines (Fiano d'Avellino, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo). For dessert lovers, Irpinia is also a land of nougat.
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