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Way up in the northernmost reaches of Basilicata, on the far side of the imposing Monte Vulture (1326m), the hill-town of MELFI was long a centre of strategic importance, taken by the Normans in 1041 and their first capital in the south of Italy. Repeatedly damaged by earthquakes, the town preserves an attractive historic centre with a formidable Norman castle that now holds a good museum.

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