L' Ente Parco al Salone del Gusto di Torino

L' Ente Parco al Salone del Gusto di Torino

Pesca con una sola canna - Lago grande di Monticchio-

Pesca con una sola canna - Lago grande di Monticchio-

Corso di Formazione per guida del Parco Regionale del Vulture e guida ambientale escursionistica” – Approvazione graduatoria di merito

Corso di Formazione per guida del Parco Regionale del Vulture e guida ambientale escursionistica” – Approvazione graduatoria di merito

Corso di formazione guida del Parco e guida ambientale escursionistica - COMUNICAZIONE

Corso di formazione guida del Parco e guida ambientale escursionistica - COMUNICAZIONE

Welcome to the Vulture Regional Natural Park


The Vulture Park is a protected natural area of ​​Basilicata that extends to the slopes of Mount Vulture, an ancient extinct volcano for 57,496 hectares and which includes the municipalities of Atella, Barile, Ginestra, Melfi, Rapolla, Rionero in Vulture, Ripacandida, Ruvo del Monte and San Fele , all belonging to the Province of Potenza. What makes this area unique is its very rich biodiversity, due to the variety of the ecosystem and the different climates of the altitudes, concentrated in a small area. Hence the surprising diversification of the landscape, characterized by an alternation of mountains and hills, flowering meadows and rivers, lakes and dense woods.



  • Geomorphology of the Park
  • The Vulture
  • Lakes
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • History of the area
  • Geomorphology of the Park

    The formation of the Vulture area can be traced back to an intense and repeated seismic event that took place around 5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic era, and was due to the movement of two enormous plates on the Earth's surface—the African and the Eurasian—which collided along the eastern strip of the southern pre-Apennines.

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  • The Vulture

    Originally, Vulture was a volcanoformed between 800,000 and 750,000 years ago:During these initial phases, the magma rose up through several hundred metres of sedimentary terrain, the last of which was of Pliocene marine origin, and produced enough thrust to lift the rocky substratum to an altitude of around 700 metres.

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  • Lakes

    Immersed in the greenery of the protected natural area, visitors can explore the Monticchio Lakes, located on the south-western slope of Mount Vulture. The two lakes, Lago Grande and Lago Piccolo, are situated in the crater mouths of the ancient volcano.

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  • Flora

    The outer slopes of the Vulture have a typical succession of vegetation forms, mainly influenced by altitude. Up to an altitude of 600-700 metres, the slopes are home to cereal fields, vineyards and olive groves. Higher up, chestnut trees prevail, giving way to oak and then beech trees only above 900-950 metres.

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  • Fauna

    The complexity and uniqueness of the natural environments of the Parco del Vulture have enabled the survival of a rich and diverse fauna, which includes many protected species.

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  • History of the area

    Historically, the origins of the Vulture area are very ancient: the area was already inhabited in the Neolithic period, as evidenced by the remains of a necropolis found near Rapolla. The first real civilisations settled in the area between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. These were the Daunians, followed by the Samnites (4th-3rd centuries BC). Numerous traces of the presence of pre-Roman civilisations are displayed in the Melfese National Archaeological Museum.

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  • Archaeological excavations of Torre degli Embrici
  • The National Archaeological Museum of the Melfese
  • Palaeolithic site of Atella
  • The Convent of San Michele
  • The Vulture Museum of Natural History
  • Archaeological excavations of Torre degli Embrici

    The pre-Roman and Roman archaeological complex of Torre degli Embrici is an archaeological complex that is divided between the municipalities of Rionero in Vulture and Atella. The archaeological site was discovered in 2004, and researchers from the universities of Alberta, Sydney and Ben Gurion of the Negev were involved in the excavations. The archaeological site was discovered in 2004, and researchers from the universities of Alberta, Sydney and Ben Gurion of the Negev were involved in the excavations.

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  • The National Archaeological Museum of the Melfese

    Located in the castle of Melfi, the museum is home to archaeological findings from the Vulture area concerning the indigenous peoples of prehistoric times, the Daunian, Samnite, Roman, Byzantine and Norman periods. Inaugurated in 1976, it is arranged in three rooms on the ground floor of the Castle.

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  • Palaeolithic site of Atella

    The Palaeolithic site of Atella, identified in the early 1990s, is situated near the modern municipal cemetery. The stratigraphy of the site revealed its location on the banks of a lake, which no longer exists, created during the formation of the Vulture volcanic complex.

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  • The Convent of San Michele

    A picturesque path leads through the dense woods to the convent, which, perched on the Vulture caldera, overlooks Lago Piccolo, offering a pleasant contrast to the surrounding nature.

    It was built by the Franciscans starting in the 17th century on a much older site. It incorporates the Basilian lavras, and in particular the Great Cave carved into the tuff and dedicated to the archangel Michael. Votive deposits dating back to the 4th-3rd centuries BC have been discovered nearby.

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  • The Vulture Museum of Natural History

    The Museo di Storia Naturale del Vulture (Vulture Museum of Natural History) occupies the first three levels of the Convent dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel on Lago Piccolo. It chronicles the 750,000-year history of the Vulture, a volcano formed in the Pleistocene era, which has been dormant for about 130,000 years.

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Il Progetto del FAI per la riqualificazione dei laghi di Monticchio

I Laghi di Monticchio sono uno dei "Luoghi del Cuore" sui quali il FAI, Fondo Ambientale Italiano, interverrà con uno dei 27 progetti identificati grazie al nono censimento dei luoghi italiani da non dimenticare promosso proprio dal FAI. La zona dei laghi si è infatti posizionata al sesto posto, diventando il luogo più votato di sempre in Basilicata con 31.907 preferenze.

 


IL TESORO DI MONTICCHIO

IL TESORO DI MONTICCHIO

Presentato al MISFF 72° Montecatini International Short Film Festival ed. 2021

Sritto e diretto da: Giuseppe Varlotta

Musica: Maurizio Fiaschi

Mix Audio: Andrea Passarino

 

  • San Fele
  • Ruvo del Monte
  • Ripacandida
  • Rionero in Vulture
  • Rapolla
  • Melfi
  • Ginestra
  • Barile
  • Atella
  • San Fele

    The origins of San Fele date back to around the year 1000, when Otto I of Saxony ordered the construction of a fortress castle in this area to guard against possible sieges by the Byzantines. Around a century later, the first settlements began to spring up around the castle; the district that developed along the slopes of Monte Castello was renamed 'Rione Costa'.

  • Ruvo del Monte

    On the border with Campania, Ruvo del Monte was in the past a major hub linking the neighbouring region with the hinterland of Basilicata. It has therefore witnessed the passage of numerous civilisations that have succeeded one another over time. The settlement was probably founded by the Samnites under the name of Rufrae, although the first document mentioning the town as Ruvo dates back to 1045.

  • Ripacandida

    The village of Ripacandida seems to have developed after the Gothic invasion of 'Candida Latinotum', whose inhabitants took refuge in the area where the village now stands, and gave the village its name. According to some experts, however, the name comes from the white-coloured hill on which it stands. The present town centre is situated partly on a settlement frequented from the VII to the IV century B.C..

  • Rionero in Vulture

    Situated to the south-east of Monte Vulture, Rionero is ensconced in a rich and welcoming landscape of vineyards, olive groves and dense woods. Here, the fertility of the soil and its favourable aspect have allowed the development of viticulture, the highest expression of which is Aglianico Del Vulture, and of chestnut groves.

  • Rapolla

    Rapolla's origins date back to the 10th century, when a group of Basilian monks settled in the area and built a convent here. In 1042 the village became a Norman fortress, before being destroyed in 1187 by the Melfi people and rebuilt soon afterwards by William the Good.

  • Melfi

    Capital of the Norman kingdom, Melfi is the Frederician city par excellence, having played a particularly pivotal political role at the time of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Some historical references suggest that the name Melfi derives from the presence of the Melfia stream, a significant waterway also due to the many archaeological finds (in particular tombs and settlements from different periods).

  • Ginestra

    Ginestra's inhabitants are mostly the descendants of Greek-Albanian exiles who in 1478 found a home in this area, originally known as Lombarda Massa, thanks to the concession of the feudal lord of Ripacandida, Troiano Caracciolo.

  • Barile

    The inhabitants of Barile are descendants of Greek-Albanian, exiles who arrived on the slopes of the Vulture around five centuries ago, fleeing their country following the Turkish invasion of their places of origin.

  • Atella

    Atella is a very ancient centre, repopulated several times throughout history by people from surrounding areas. In the 14th century, John of Anjou wanted to refound and re-organise Atella, as well as encourage its expansion, particularly with people from Monticchio, Sant'Andrea, Agromonte and Lagopesole, making it one of the most significant economic and military centres in the region.
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