We were in Anzi for a couple days exploring the narrow streets with Michele as our guide, visiting Laurenzana which is the hometown of some their relatives as well as some of the surrounding countryside. Laurenzana has a large castello sitting on the hill above town and they have been working on a restoration project since our first visit several years ago. Progress in the project is visible but they still have a long way to go. When we were in
We left Saturday morning and Celia and Rhonda headed to
On the opposite end of the centro storico is an archeological park that houses excavated Roman ruins including a bath complex and paved roads. The backdrop to this is the Chiesa Nuova o Incompiuta which is an example of medieval church planning gone bad. This stone structure was an addition to an existing church begun in the thirteenth century but was never completed and what stands now is the unfinished walls. Many of the stone blocks used came from nearby Roman ruins and you can still see many Latin inscriptions.
From Venosa we headed north again to