Under the shadow of Vulture, an extinct Volcano, lies a village that dates back to the Neolithic age: Venosa. This little town in the Province of Potenza, in Basilicata, can be a nice stop even for a day.
The Roman Age
In 291 B.C. it became a Roman colony and was an important stop along the Appian Way, one of the earliest and most strategic Roman roads that connected Rome with Brindisi.
Venosa is also famous as the birthplace of one of the most important poets of the Ancient Rome: Orazio, Horace in English. We all owe him a great lesson: Carpe Diem. This Latin aphorism, which means “size the moment”, is taken from Horace’s work “Odes”.
Here, you can still find the house where the poet was born and lived his childhood. You can visit it in certain periods by booking here.
What can you see
The entire village shows how proud it is for his eminent citizen with panels spread all around the centre quoting Horace’s most renowned lines.
In the heart of the village you can also find an Aragonese Castle that occasionally hosts exhibitions and events.
It is really lovely to wander in the village which keeps its most genuine and rural aspect. Pay attention while walking, you might easily stumble upon a beautiful church or an ancient fountain.
Visit the archeological park
Right outside Venosa you will also find an archeological park surrounded by olive trees. Here you can admire mosaics, a Roman domus and houses, a bath-house and Jewish catacombs.
Ideas for a romantic evening
The sunset here is spectacular, and I recommend you to remain for the happy hour. In the central square, in front of the castle, you will find many bars with outdoor tables and chairs where you can unwind, relax, eat and drink.