Calitri is in Campania near the borders of the regions of Apulia and Basilicata. It is approximately 530 metres (1,740 ft) above sea level so on even on the hottest day there is generally a breeze. The Antico Borgo is in the oldest section of the town, the centro storico, at the top of which are the remains of a castle which predates the 12th century. The Borgo itself is a labyrinth of historic houses which have, over the centuries, been built into the hillside. Stone and marble stairs,frequently under old stone arches, connect the streets. Calitri suffered a devastating earthquake in 1980 and has only been partially rebuilt. The Castello at the top of its distinctive cone shaped hilltop is very impressive for its strong architectural forms. In recent reconstructions they are remerging as an important and physically attractive feature of the town.
Other recent excavation and reconstruction of an ancient Neviera in the Gagliano section of the town above the cemetery reveals an extensive underground, domed, ice-house of about 15 metres (50 ft) in height and 7.6 metres (25 ft) in horizontal circumference. Restored by the family of Giovanni Cerreta, the Neviera can be visited by inquiring at the Town's tourist office in the Centro Storico.
Angelo Maffucci, an Italian pathologist remembered for isolating the bacteria that causes avian tuberculosis.
Donald V. DeRosa, President, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. His paternal grandparents, Vitale DeRosa and Rachele Zarrilli, and maternal grandparents, Vitantonio Giuseppe Cerreta and Maria Concetta Abate were all from Calitri.
James Cerreta, Sr., founder and owner of Cerreta Candy Company. His father, Vincenzo Cerreta, was born in Calitri.
Margaret Della Badia Ricciardi, Brooklyn-born professional painter. Her parents were Giuseppe Della Badia and Filomena Maffucci, both from Calitri. Her husband, Francesco Ricciardi, was from Calitri as well.
Vincent Del Toro (1923–2006). Electrical Engineer and Emeritus Professor of City College of New York.
Anthony Pangaro, of Boston USA, architect and real estate developer. His grandfather and grandmother were born in Calitri.
"The role of the seismic trigger in the Calitri landslide (Italy): historical reconstruction and dynamic analysis" Martino; Salvatore; Scarascia Mugnozza; Gabriele Publisher: Elsevier Ltd Publish date: 2005-12