Walking or by mountain bike

passeggiateWhat better option could you get than to combine sports and nature? The green hills that surround Alvaneta Farm, offer breathtaking views in a dimension of peace that only nature can offer. An opportunity that should not be missed that allows you to do some physical activity, breath fresh and invigorating air while exercising at your own pace or cycling with your mountain bike.

Alvaneta Farm has a privileged location surrounded by oak and chestnut woods, that mark our numerous footpaths and sheep tracks that are unique in their beauty.
Our guests can go for excursions amongst Krast features, ancient trees, cavea, streams, springs, chapels made of rocks as well as archeologica areas.
One of our striking and charming destinations is the place of the Eagles "posti del Falco" , which is ideal for relaxation, meditation, as well as for a retreat and for prayers.
There are two major routes along which you can venture out to explore the nature that surrounds the Farm: The Cosilinum footpath and the Romito footpath (Hermit Trail), both are well indicated highlighting the most important points and the exact path to follow.


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The Cosilinum trail allows you to reach the archaeological site of Cosilinum, from which it got its name, this trail enables you to visit the Chapel of St. Michele alle Grottelle and the Chapel of San Sepolcro (St. Sepulchre).

The archeologicaI site
Vallo di Diano is a unique and luxuriant territory.
In antiquity it was classified as a meeting point for people coming from the east coast and from the west coast of Magna Graecia.
The area that is currently called Civita Cosilinum, and that was previously a Lucan settlement from 89 BC, then became part of the Roman Empire. The archaeological findings confirm an inhabitance dating back to the sixth century. B. C., which lasted until the eleventh century AD, when the area was abandoned, following the Saracen and Arabic invasions.
At present, what remains of the city are the remnants of the megalithic walls, a few ruins of houses and the ruins of the so-called "Sillana" tower.
Many of the monumental remains of Cosilinum are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Lucania Occidentale nella Certosa di Padula (Carthusian monastery of Padula) which has now become an Archaeological Park and is going through an intense phase of redevelopment.

San Michele alle Grottelle
Not away from Cosilinum is the rock sanctuary of St. Michael alle Grottelle, which is the most important place of worship in the community of Padula.
It is a cave, which has been a place of worship since antiquity and is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It consists of two rooms decorated with frescoes dating back to the fourteenth century. The most important aspect is the pictorial cycle of Santiago de Compostela, kept in a shrine, in which the central niche depicts St. James the Apostle and his miracles performed on the side panels.
At the bottom of the aedicule you can observe the image of Christ, facing the observer and standing upright, and in the two lateral spaces there is an image of San Lorenzo and Santo Stefano surmounted by the scene of the Annunciation
The cave also houses the tomb of Abbot Bernardino Brancaccio, guardian of the nearby Benedictine abbey of St. Nicholas al Torone, which is now in ruins.

Santo Sepolcro
The Holy Chapel, probably dated earlier than the seventeenth century, has a single nave and houses an altar made out of stone from Padula, it is surmounted by an image in stucco of the Virgin enthroned on a cloud. On the anniversary of the Ascension, a long procession accompanies the statue of the crucifix and of the Madonna del Latte into the chapel, the latter is usually kept in the church of San Giovanni Battista in Padula.




sentiero RomitoThe Hermit Trail/ Sentiero Romito guides the curious adventurers to the Chapel of Romito, situated at 1,389 m above sea level. As you go along, the altitude increases, the flora is diversified changing from vegetations consisting of coppice-chestnut- and finally beech forests.