Situated almost on the western border of Basilicata, Sant’Angelo le Fratte lies at the foot of a mountain and is known as the Land of Wine. The small town contains new bronze sculptures by the artist Pierfrancesco Mastroberti, wine caves built between the rocks and over 50 murals.
It’s worth visiting the Cathedral Church of Sacro Cuore e San Michele Arcangelo which contains a throne, carved choir stall, paintings attributed to il Pietrafesa and two enormous bowls with carved marble pedestals of an unknown age.
Its main attractions, however, are the climbing wall and the beautiful River Melandro which is suitable for fishing. For those seeking an isolated, natural experience, one can hike to the Fields of Venus and soak in an expanse of wheat, potatoes, corn, fodder and barley planted at 1300 metres above sea level in a place with few other people around.At certain times in August during the Open Cellars event there are wine tastings, cheese and other typical local food.