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Sannio European Wine Capital 2019

The municipalities of Castelvenere, Guardia Sanframondi, Sant’Agata dei Goti, Solopaca and Torrecuso win the coveted award

With the candidacy of the territory ‘Sannio Falanghina’, the five municipalities of the Beneventano were awarded by Recevin, the Community Network of 800 Wine Cities.

Since 2012, Recevin has been assigning the role of capital of the wine culture of the old continent to a different country every year. The winner thus becomes a promoter of the culture, landscapes and territories of wine. And this will be the role that the five Samnite cities will play throughout 2019, through a busy program of appointments, events, cultural and food and wine events.

The entire “Valle del Calore”, where 40% of the entire regional wine production is grown, will benefit from the attention that the whole of Europe will pay to organized initiatives.

The aim of the competition is precisely to highlight the influence of wine culture and wine tourism in the society, in the landscape, in the economy, in the gastronomy and in the heritage at an international level.

The declarations of the mayors

After the officialisation occurred in Brussels by the european Parliament, Floriano Panza, mayor of Guardia Sanframondi, said: “This is an historic date, not only for the five municipalities but for the whole Sannio and the Campania region. In fact, the five cities have presented a detailed dossier to be recognized european Wine City 2019 by Recevin, the European network of Wine Cities, formed by the national associations present in the eleven member countries ( Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Serbia) for a total of almost 800 cities across Europe.”

Equally pleased was Carmine Valentino, mayor of Sant’Agata dei Goti, who added: “A great chance, a great opportunity to anchor our territory to new opportunities and at the same time to raise the international knowledge of our land, our excellences and beauties. A unique challenge, to be grasped all the way. All together. With shared and innovative governance, with a strong and widespread prominence of good practices and the involvement of everyone, institutions, universities, agricultural world and associative one”.

This investiture represents for the whole Sannio a significant recognition of the historic connection of this land with the wine. It rewards the productions of excellence that arise from the sacrifices of passionate winemakers. Their work is fundamental not only for the production of excellent wines, but also for the valuable role of sentinels of a quality territory.

The ‘Sannio Falanghina’ project

According to the mayors of the cities involved, the project “aims to strengthen awareness activities for the culture and tradition of wine, involving enterprises, citizens and the whole territory in activities to promote the wine resource. And it aims to preserve natural and landscape resources through sustainable development of the territory.”

There are 120 actions and activities presented in a rich dossier by the network of municipalities. About twenty cities involved, including Benevento itself, for the implementation of events that will not only be promotional but also a driver for the development of the culture of hospitality.

The Sannio is a territory full of riches, with a great history that has left testimonies of ancient people. These include the Samnites, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Longobards and the Normans.

And the mayors, aware of the heritage guarded by their lands, say: “We must be good not only to make these riches known: we must open the doors of our territory, pamper the visitors, making them feel welcomed in a community that want to communicate their values, their culture, their way of life. Working in this 2019 will represent a turning point for our territory, for its development also in terms of tourism”.

Wine-related events

Waiting for the officialization of the events planned in the rich program presented on the occasion of the candidacy. We at Turismo Campano want to remind you about the historical events that in summer are organized by the five common winners and where the absolute protagonist is wine:

  • Castelvenere: La festa del Vino, also known as the “Sagra del Vino”, founded in 1977, and Cantine al Borgo which has as its location the Tufa cellars of the old town.
  • Guardia Sanframondi: Vinalia, a food and wine festival held in August in the streets of the characteristic old town, where dozens of wineries and farms make taste their products.
  • Solopaca: Festa dell’Uva, of ancient origins (17th century), is held on the second Sunday of September, and includes a parade of grape-lined floats set up in the country’s wards.
  • Torrecuso: VinEstate, formerly known as the “Sagra del Vino Aglianico”, is held in the first week of September and celebrates the renowned wines produced in Torrecuso accompanied by a tasty gastronomy of local products.
  • Sant’Agata dei Goti: Suoni di Terra, a multicultural festival that takes place between the last week of August and the beginning of September in the so-called “Perla del Sannio”.
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Discovering the most beautiful gardens in Campania

Quiet and nature anti-stress remedies. We are looking for gardens where to spend free time surrounded by trees and flowers

Work and daily routine weaken not only the body but especially the mind. Finding places to relax becomes essential to regenerate and to be able to face with new forces the “struggles” of every day. Reading a book in the open air, walking on the meadows, running through the trees or simply observing plants and flowers, are activities that improve our lives in every way.

Turismo Campano will guide you to discover the most beautiful gardens in Campania where you can rest and at the same time live beautiful emotions in close contact with nature.

Our region is rich in green oases, we have chosen for you some of the most important and fascinating, both in the most strictly naturalistic and historically – landscape point of view.

Parco Virgiliano – Napoli

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From the top of the Headland of Posillipo, Parco Virgiliano dominates the Gulf of Naples. Its prime location allows you to enjoy breathtaking views. Placed on the most advanced rocky outcrop of the hill, it allows you to admire, walking or stopping, in one of the many belvedere enchanting places. Suffice it to say that its terraced structure allows you to observe, not only the coast of Posillipo and the Flegrea area from Pozzuoli to Cape Miseno, but even the whole of the Sorrentine Peninsula from Vesuvius to Sorrento. In the blue of the sea you will also see the islands of Capri, Procida, Ischia and Nisida.  The park is much loved by Neapolitans precisely because it allows you to spend free time in the green breathing pure air, away from the noise and smog of the city. Inside you will find rich vegetation, characterized by centuries-old trees, such as holm oaks, olive trees and then oaks, pines, myrtle plants, rosemary and fillirea.

Spending a day immersed in the Mediterranean bush will undoubtedly be very pleasant, it is the ideal place to practice jogging or other sports, there are in fact a sports facility with a football field and an athletics track. There are a lot of bars and kiosks for refreshment. In short, a real oase of pleasure, to live alone, with the family or with your four-legged friend!

Free admission

Address: Viale Virgilio – 80123 Napoli

Contact:

Tel: 0817953613 | 08119706082

Opening times:

October 1 – April 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

May 1 – June 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 4 p.m.

June 21 – September 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Orto Botanico di Napoli

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Sometimes you don’t need to leave the city to dive into the greenery and surround yourself with plants of all species. This is what happens if you choose to visit the Botanical Garden of Naples. It is in fact located in the heart of the city, along the historic Via Foria and next to Palazzo Fuga. And it’s the proximity to the traffic and the city’s chaos that makes it a real fairytale place. The peace, the silence and the scents you will find inside will make you live a daydream. It is one of the largest and richest gardens in Italy. A true pearl for its immense heritage of herbaceous, arboreal and shrub species, from all over the world. Almost all the specimens of flowers existing on earth are admirable in this fairytale garden.

Your visit will follow thematic paths and gardens: desert plants, poisonous ones, beach plants, orchards, citrus fruits, Mediterranean, plants mentioned in the Bible, are just some of the paths you can take. Greenhouses at different temperatures and other historical structures, now used as museum and exhibition venues, will allow you to admire plant species of every place on earth but also from past eras. A journey into the heart of nature that is truly unmissable.

Free admission

Open to the public Monday to Friday with the following times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To visit it, you need to call (-39) 081-2533937, leaving your last name and specifying the number of people who will visit the Garden. This can also be done on the same day of the visit.

Important: on public holidays the Garden is closed.

Giardino segreto di Airola – Benevento

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Il Giardino Segreto Airola is born from the dreamlike vision of its creator, the architect Giovanni Ianniello. A veritable terrestrial paradise, with its  fourteen thousand square meters of extension, the garden welcomes about 16,000 plants and 300 animals from 53 countries. In the heart of Sannio, just a few kilometres from Benevento, you can visit a truly amazing place. Both animal and plant species are collected in thematic areas that reproduce seven types of garden: the Japanese garden, the Chinese, the English, the Australian (unique in Italy), the Mediterranean, the dry, the tropical and the aromatic herbs. The organization of the garden is constantly evolving, many new things in the pipeline, but it already represents now a unicum for passion and attention to detail. You can’t miss this opportunity to admire exotic animals up close and spend a day in a fairytale garden. It’s also ideal for kids.

Address: Via Lavatoio, 38 – Airola (BN)

Opening times: Saturday and Sunday is open to the public; . Sunday opening: 3pm (winter) – 6pm summer – 5pm (spring and autumn) or by reservation. Closed from January to mid-March.

Price: 5.00 euros including guided tour

Giardini la Mortella – Ischia

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The island of Ischia is home of one of the most distinctive gardens of the whole peninsula. The Mortella is undoubtedly a wonderful and indispensable place for those who are looking for quiet and beauty. It is divided into two parts: a lower garden, in the so-called Valley, and an upper garden on the Hill, characterized by terraces with dry walls. Really vast the amount of exotic and rare plants included in this garden that extends over 2 hectares. It is now recognized by all the experts in the field its value, for variety and richness of the collections present, enough to consider La Mortella a kind of real botanical garden. The gardens were created in the late 1950s at the behest of the noblewoman Susana Walton, wife of the English composer Sir William Walton. In addition to the stunning views of the beautiful Bay of Forio, there are some corners of the gardens: for example, the three tropical greenhouses, the ‘Victoria House’, where the Amazonian Victoria, the Temple of the Sun and the Orchid’s Greenhouse are cultivated, where it can be admire the Miltassia Lady Susana Walton, a new orchid hybrid named after the creator of this lovely place. At first we talked about the search for peace and in fact in the most hidden area of the garden you will find the Thai Hall, a place dedicated to meditation and solitude, which takes up the structure of Thai temples.

Address: Via Francesco Calise, 45 80075, Forio d’Ischia (NA)

Garden entrance: 12.00 – Entire

Opening Days: Tuesday-Thursday – Sunday

Opening times: 9am-7pm

tel: .39 081-986220

Il Giardino della Minerva – Salerno

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Let’s finish our short guide with Il Giardino della Minerva. A corner of peace and beauty that stands out on the top of the old town of Salerno. It was created in the 18th century by Dr. Matteo Silvatico, a well-known physician of the illustrious Scuola Medica Salernitana, the oldest medical University in the world. And it is precisely the connection with the historic University that has characterized the structure of this garden, which is one of the very first examples of a botanical garden. The original idea and the impression you will still have today is that of an educational space where doctors taught students to recognize the “semplici”, that are the plants used to treat diseases. In fact, there are many references to the healing value of the plants and herbs present. Rare and exotic species, all united by their medicinal properties. Many of these were already known in the Middle Ages and it is precisely from this era that you can admire some recently painted tiles during excavation operations. A breathtaking view of the entire Gulf of Salerno helps make this paradise a timeless eden. Don’t miss the opportunity to sip one of the herbal teas made with the plants of the garden, in the characteristic herbal tea house overlooking the sea.

Address: Via Ferrante Sanseverino

Ticket: 3€

info : 39 089.252423 www.giardinodellaminerva.it

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Famous Neapolitan traditions

In this article we will guide you to the major Neapolitan traditions. Naples is a city rich in history, art and culture, but its traditions are even more spectacular. Christmas, Carnival, San Gennaro… Naples is not only a thousand colors, but is able to excite with its devotion.

What are the Neapolitan traditions?

  • Cantata dei Pastori: Christmas is a very beautiful moment in all parts of Italy. The historic centers are decorated, the lights accompany the signs of the shops. However, visiting Naples during this period allows you to rediscover an ancient Neapolitan tradition, namely the Cantata dei Pastori. Andrea Perrucci, a playwright of Sicilian descent, wrote this play to celebrate the birth of Jesus, at the end of the 1600s. It is divided into three acts and is one of the most fascinating shows to attend. If you are around Naples during this time, do not miss it!

San Gennaro: the auspicious miracle

  • The Miracle of San Gennaro: everyone knows San Gennaro. The patron Saint of the city is the one addressed to the Neapolitans in difficulty. For the people of Naples, San Gennaro is much more than the patron: it is a kind of positive entity that watches over them. Among the most famous traditions, therefore, it is impossible not to mention his miracle. The latter dates back to August 15, 1389. It was the feast of the Assumption, there had been performances and the celebration in the city. Notables were coming to Naples from Avignon. On this occasion, the relic of the saint was exhibited. The miracle concerns the blood liquefaction, which was contained in an ampoule. This tradition is maintained twice a year: in September and May. Blood liquefaction is considered a good omen;
  • Pulcinella mask: if we name Pulcinella, Naples immediately comes to mind. The mask is an invention of Silvio Fiorillo, during the second half of the ‘500. However, Pulcinella’s origins date back to antiquity. Every year, at Carnival, you can watch people dressed as Pulcinella. It is one of the most appreciated costume of all time and it is possible to attend at the theater numerous shows with him as protagonist;
  • The Neapolitan Smorfia: Lotto is a game now known and appreciated throughout Italy. Draws take place live nationally and the numbers have a precise meaning, which comes from the “Smorfia”. Although the origins of the Lotto game can be traced back to Ancient Rome, it is in Naples that this tradition has found its maximum expression. Thanks to the Neapolitan Smorfia – a book that, often, everyone has in the house – it is possible to understand the meaning of various numbers;

The Neapolitan Nativity: we had anticipated it before. In Naples, Christmas is a truly fascinating event. In addition to the Cantata dei Pastori, we recommend you to visit the various living Nativity scenes around the city. In addition, you can buy, at the handcraft shops in the center, the shepherds, made completely by hand, for your own Nativity scene. Their realization is a very long, finely artistic work. They are very faithful reproductions and are invaluable.

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The 5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Salerno

Organizing a romantic dinner can be difficult, especially if you don’t know the place or if you want to look for a different place than usual. In this article, we have selected and evaluated for you five high quality restaurants located in Salerno. Salerno is one of the most beautiful cities in Campania: after a tour in the center, a romantic dinner is a must. You can choose between meat and fish proposals, to meet everyone’s needs: between “locande” and “trattorie”, a food and wine guide around the city.

Restaurants in Salerno to have a romantic dinner

  • Ristorante Cicirinella: via Antonio Genovesi, Salerno. This beautiful restaurant is situated in one of the city’s quaint alleys. Its cuisine is divided into refined and traditional dishes. The dishes look delicious and are perfect for a romantic dinner. The high quality of the ingredients is very popular throughout the city. The atmosphere you perceive is of attention to detail; the waiters are very friendly and meet the particular requests of the customers. Gigi and Ettore will welcome you at their best, to offer you a truly sensational dining experience;
  • Taverna Santa Maria de Domo: Masuccio Salernitano 63/65/67, Salerno. A tavern is the perfect place to seal your union and spend an evening of romance and great food. The tavern has a truly enviable wine list, where you can taste the typical products of the area. The reds are really full-bodied, perfect to accompany a meat dinner. Portions are very plentiful. Located in the heart of the old town, you can go to the Tavern after a walk at sunset, through the most artistic and cultural streets of the city;

Locande, taverne and minimal restaurants: how to impress your half

  • Emozionando: via Montestella di Ogliara, Traversa in front of the civic, 21 Salerno: among the proposals could not miss a seafood restaurant. Very interesting is the proposal of the raw, which alternates visually scenic dishes. The aesthetic, however, does not preclude the high quality: the fish is fresh and is bought in the morning by fishermen. We recommend that you end your dinner with gourmet ice cream. Nando will try to draw up a menu for your romantic evening and will amaze you with its gourmet recipes. The kindness of the waiters is an added value to the local;
  • Terracena: Piazza Francesco Cerenza, 9, Salerno – Amalfi Coast. You can start with a taste of appetizers, to understand the specialties of this very interesting place. Among the first, we recommend the one with anici and Spaghetti with Carminuccio. The peculiarity of this place is that it does not have a set menu, despite having basic dishes, which you can always find. The menu is drawn up with the products of the day, so the ingredients are always fresh. The Terracena setting is purely retro: a perfect environment for eating and loving at the same time;
  • Osteria del Taglio: via Giovanni Ruggi d’Aragon, 10, Salerno: this inn turns out to be a real surprise. The setting is typically minimalistic, a white festival that will make you feel comfortable. The dishes are dedicated to the aesthetics, design and high quality of the ingredients. You will be served at your best.
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Ravello: What to see and important events

The Amalfi Coast offers suggestive and fascinating landscapes. There are many tourists who come to this place to enjoy a holiday of fun and art. Campania has a lot to tell its visitors: just think that each resort offers special events or a unique architecture of its kind.

Ravello: Between art, music and culture

The view of the Amalfi area is to be explored in its entirety. When you head to a city like this, we cannot ignore its surroundings, which offer unique shows of ravines and culture.

This is the land of perfumes, of citrus fruits: It is the land of people who dance on the street and leave the coffee in abeyance. We will take you to Ravello, a country so characteristic and particular that it will make you fall in love with its coves (and, unfortunately, of its curves).

Ravello undermines the sea, where tourists can look out and enjoy the most typical view of the Amalfi Coast. Leave the car at the parking: Ravello is to explore, to live on foot, because it is full of secrets and alleys.

Through the flight of stairs you can access the Duomo; Here explore the surroundings, where nature meets the architecture and the art of the past.

The city of poetry and romance: It is a great destination for a couple weekend

Known for being the City of music and poetry, Ravello is a romantic place; There are many men who have fallen in love with her. We can mention two of the world's importance: Boccaccio and Turner. But Ravello offers much more to its tourists, including the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone. Do not leave the country without first visiting them! Here nature blends with the most intimate meaning of Ravello: art.

At Villa Rufolo, you think, takes place annually a very important event, of World Resonance: the Festival of music dedicated to Wagner. The Villa dates back to the 13th century. Wagner stayed there for a long time, arriving to compose the Parsifal: the Majestic Gardens, which pour out onto the sea, were a source of inspiration.

Over the centuries, Ravello also conquered the heart of English Beckett, who decided to buy Villa Cimbrone. He had it restored in the Rufolo style during the 1904. Here you can stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a trip to the Grotto of Venus, where Beckett's ashes are still present.

Staying in this place of peace and tranquility will give you the impression of a postcard Campania. The village is cured and finished in every little detail: from the gardens to the buildings, which are the flagship of Ravello.

You can stay in the country and have breakfast admiring the beautiful sea. Presently, soon, there will be a very special event in Ravello.

Friday, June 29, in fact, will be held the "Beer Ravello Cup", a tournament that has given a very ambitious goal: say no to racism. This is to give you an idea of the good heart and the candid and tolerant soul of the citizens of the country. A place you can't miss.

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Herculaneum and Pompeii: what to see

Herculaneum and Pompeii are among the most fascinating places to see in Campania. We must be honest and admit that the historical and archaeological sites contain a lot to discover and explore.

After a careful observation, we were able to list the five buildings that, if you are close to the famous archaeological site, you absolutely must not miss.

In search of the fascinating places of Pompeii and Herculaneum

  • Pompeii: House of Menander. Among the most interesting buildings to be rediscovered, we cannot but mention the house of the famous Latin playwright's fresco. In fact, among the most interesting attractions inside, you can study the fresco. It is not a small building: it boasts 1800 square meters and it detangles between art, paintings and depictions of hunting. The theme of the house is purely thermal: we can therefore understand how the Patricians Pompeian lived. They were a life devoted to unbridled luxury and art in every form. We advise you to dwell on the paintings depicting the scenes of the Trojan War;

Timeless history, art and culture

  • Pompeii: The House of Pinarius Cerialis. One of the most fascinating houses, full of history and… gems. Well, yes: his previous owner was a carver. The house was considered a real mine, because inside there were well 116 gems. It is a place that will make you understand one of the most famous works in Pompeii, that is the realization of jewels. Today, you will be able to buy inlaid precious stones of inestimable value at the handicraft workshops;
  • Pompeii: Temple of Isis. There are few buildings that have managed to save themselves from the weather during the centuries. The importance of this temple is unparalleled: here the worship of the goddess Isis was all. In a newsstand, you think, you kept the water of the Nile. The Pompeian used you for home ceremonies. A curiosity that binds this temple to Mozart: he composed the Magic Flute after having visited it;
  • Herculaneum: House of Neptune and Anfitride. Discovering the fascinating places of Herculaneum, you come across this little gem. The wall of the building, the Oriental, will allow you to observe an ancient glassy-paste mosaic, which gives its name to the building. In the vicinity of the house, right on the border, there is also a shop: Here you will visit the ancient pieces of a bed in brass and many amphoras of the time;
  • Herculaneum: Villa dei Papyri. It is probably one of the most popular places, which is immediately flanked by Herculaneum. The Villa of the papyri was totally destroyed and buried as a result of the eruption of Vesuvius, dated in 79 A.D. Thanks to archaeologists Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierr and Karl Jacob Webere, from 1750 we can admire the remains. The Villa owes its name to what found archaeologists during the excavations. You think that inside the villa there were well 1800 papyrus: Unfortunately, some of these were lost, while others are still in translation. Many treat the philosophy of Epicurean. The building is traced between 60 and 50 B.C. It seems that the owner of the Villa of the papyri was Lucius Calpurnius Piso Cesonino, or Julius Caesar's father-in-law, but is to be confirmed.
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Visit Naples: Discover the Sansevero Chapel

A mysterious and esoteric Naples, made of beliefs and suggestions, lies behind the Neapolitan metropolis. Discover with us the other face of Naples

Are you in Naples and looking for an alternative tour to discover the mysterious side of this city? We accompany you along a fascinating and esoteric path.

Our journey can only begin from the Sansevero chapel. Located in the heart of the Old town, behind Piazza San Domenico Maggiore and near San Gregorio Armeno, it is famous for its "Veiled Christ". It is a marble sculpture made in 1753 by the Neapolitan artist Giuseppe Sanmartino depicting Jesus dead, covered by a transparent shroud.  The chapel, now deconsecrated, is all to be discovered: it is in fact imbued with alchemical symbols.

The history of the Sansevero Chapel

Visiting Naples cannot disregard this stage. The chapel was the Prince of Sansevero, Raymond Di Sangro, who was a sort of sorcerer, an evil alchemist, and the first Grand Master of Neapolitan Freemasonry. Described by Croce as "the Neapolitan incarnation of Dr. Faust", Raymond is the protagonist of many popular legends also related to the chapel itself. Just think that to explain the realization of the famous veil reclining on Christ, finely draped as if it had been placed after on the statue accomplished, it is claimed that it was precisely Prince Raymond to intervene through his magic, " Crystallizing "With an alchemical procedure a true veil. Later, always according to the "Black legend", blinded the author Sanmartino, so that he "never performed for other such extraordinary sculpture".

It was the prince who organized the decoration of the chapel in an astonishing and original manner, according to the structure of the Temple of Freemasonry. Visiting you will find the statues of the liberality, the education, the sincerity, the suavity, the zeal, the dominion, the modesty and the disillusion that would find correspondence even in the tarot cards. Each of them would refer to the Alchemist's rite of Initiation.

The Masonic and esoteric references are also not lacking in the vault of the chapel. The fresco that decorated it was the work of a certain Francesco Maria Russo and represents the glory of paradise or the paradise of Sangro. There are two elements that characterize it: the triangle and the colors.

The first, placed at the center of the scene with a dove, represents the Trinity for Christians, the cosmic birth for the followers of Pythagoras and the sign of the venerable master for Freemasons. The colors, however, would have been obtained through a mixture formulated by Raymond and, after almost three centuries, are always alive and shining without ever having been retouched.

The labyrinthine floor

In the allegorical itinerary designed by Raymond, the labyrinthine floor was fully covered: between the years ' 60 and ' 70 of the eighteenth century by the artist Francesco celebrate, today it is coated with Neapolitan terracotta tiles. Given its difficult execution, the prince did not have time to see it finished before his death. The project in fact envisaged a floor of marble polychrome inlay with shades from blue to white, with internally embedded a line of white marble, continuous and seamless, conceived by the prince himself. The strenuous effort to realize the floor was made vain when in 1889 a severe collapse destroyed it almost completely, so as to discourage any attempt at restoration. But if you pay attention, still today some slabs of the eighteenth floor are visible in the sparrow in front of the tomb of Raymond Di Sangro, while others can be found exposed in the underground cave and in the sacristy. Of these remains you can appreciate the labyrinth motif, which represents the difficulty of the itinerary that must make the initiate to reach the knowledge. The numerous crossroads and Bal must induce man to choose the right way to get to the truth.

The anatomical machines of the Sansevero Chapel

The mysteries and legends that surround the chapel do not end here. For the less impressionable, on the lower level, descending a spiral staircase, you will find "the anatomical machines".  Kept in two glass cases, in the entrance to the secret laboratory, they were built around 1763-64. To conceive them was Prince Raimondo aided by the Sicilian doctor Giuseppe Salerno.  These are the true skeletons of a man and a woman wrapped in the arterial and venous system in exceptional state of preservation. We still do not know with certainty the procedure used to achieve such an astonishing result. The bodies and the entire circulatory system are too complex and anatomically precise so that they may have been simply "reproduced" and have given rise to numerous, but disturbing, conjectures and legends. Many at the time told that it was two of Raymond's servants who had been injected with an unknown liquid that would have made all blood vessels solid, the so-called "metallization process". Later the corpses would have been deprived of the organs, leaving only the bony structure with the whole circulatory system. This hypothesis leaves dismay if you think that the woman was pregnant, remains visible the umbilical cord, and at the same time poses many questions about methodologies: How was the liquid injected, since there were still no needles for medical purposes? It certainly leaves astonished the precision of the reproduction considering the fact that at the time there was no complete knowledge of the venous and capillary system. At the same time, the hypothesis that liquid (like mercury) could have been injected into the body of a corpse does not hold, since only the blood in the bloodstream pumped from the heart could spread the liquid throughout the body.

What is the truth then? Mystery. Even today there is no unique explanation, only visiting you can get an idea! Still no doubt about what to see in Naples?

If this story intrigued you continue to follow Campania tourism. The next stage of our tour of "mysterious Naples" will speak of death but also of life and hope. Curious to know more?

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5 places to visit absolutely in Avellino

Avellino is a very charming city, rich in history and noteworthy artistic points of note. Like every city in Campania, it offers a lot of positives in every sector: from the kitchen to the tourist guides, you will find yourself in a city that will captivate you.

The magnificent city of Avellino: peace, history and tranquillity

This place is notoriously quiet, full of peculiar and personal characteristics. Avellino is surrounded by greenery: it is not a purely urban city. For this reason, you may find yourself making long hikes in the mountains.

The city is linked to its past, of which it keeps alive many traditions and it has never been conquered by the craving of man building. Its air is pristine, its charm derives from the aesthetics of its buildings and the calm with which you can visit.

In addition to the churches and cathedrals, you can be amazed by the high concentration of farmhouses: being immersed in the peace of the green, there are many who offer their customers the attractions purely in contact with nature.

Here we are surrounded by the mountains: Picentini, the Montevergine, the massif of the mountain… and first of all we suggest you to take long walks around Avellino.

What to visit in Avellino: the most characteristic places

One of the most enchanting and exclusive places on the Avellino soil is the sanctuary of Montevergine, located on the massif. The latter is the destination of many tourists every year: its world renown makes it perfect for the most religious, but also for those who study art and are fascinated by paintings.

To reach the sanctuary, you can embark on two roads: from Ospedaletto d ' Capinoo or thanks to the funicular, which starts from mahi. The first route involves the exploration of numerous lanes and woody paths that are really beautiful and scenic.

However, the Avellino beauty does not culminate with the sanctuary: the Cathedral of the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta and of San Modesto is also worth a visit. San Modesto is also the patron saint of the city, and the celebrations are held on February 14th.

The traditions of Avellino: Religious Cults and events

A very nice and noteworthy event is the procession of the assumption: the popular tradition keeps alive this tradition, which has been happening for a very long time.

The symbol of Avellino is the clock tower: Over the years, it has been severely tested by earthquakes, in 1668, in 1742 and the last in 1980, where the city had numerous problems and irreparable damage.

The tower rises in the sky; Its height is 36 meters. Among other things, we can mention the fountain of Bellerophon, known by the term of Fontana of Constantinople or Caracciolo.

If you are visiting with your children, you may think to head along Corso Vittorio Emanuele: Here you will find the Church of the Holy Rosary and the Villa Comunale. The latter offers in particular the attractions suitable for the little ones. After a visit to the city, it is good to eat in a place immersed in greenery and tranquillity. Your children can play in the playground dedicated to them.

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Caserta and surroundings

When we are visiting a city, we must not forget the presence of the villages or the nearby places of interest. We must admit that Campania has a very special territory, where every place has its own culinary characteristics and traditions.

It is really complicated to describe the surroundings of a city: think that Caserta has 23 provinces. They are not very few, considering that you often have little time to visit a place in its entirety.

Discover the surroundings of Caserta

How to do? So what are the most interesting and not to be missed proposals? If we appoint Caserta, we immediately connect it to the Bourbon Palace, which has nothing to envy at Versailles. To better visit the palace, are advisable at least three days, because there are numerous interesting places inside, such as the gardens, the Bath of Venus, the industrial city of Silk, the apartments of the royals.

Therefore, only the palace will "steal" part of your holiday, because it is impossible not to admire in its completeness. The path nature present, which will take you to the Roman ruins, is one of the most fascinating and evocative of the territory.

Bourbon Palace, Casertavecchia, Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel

Besides the palace, there is another very singular place around the city, and it is Casertavecchia. This medieval village will make you fall in love with its enormous historical charm and the panoramic view it offers. It's perfect for a romantic weekend and we suggest you leave it at the end of the holiday, to close the visit of the Caserta's surroundings.

Here you can visit the remains of the medieval castle and the Duomo of San Michele Arcangelo: There are some paths to reach Casertavecchia thanks to the shuttles that leave from the royal palace. The route is characterized by spectacular and enchanting streets, which, we are sure, will not make you weigh the walk, but make it even more beautiful. After all, the purpose of a holiday is to discover those characteristic points, far from being purely touristic.

Caserta is a province that gives strong emotions to tourists

Among other proposals of the surroundings of Caserta, we can find the sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. The latter is located in the town of the city of the very close to Caserta. The sanctuary is not near the city, so it is a place of worship totally immersed in peace and tranquillity.

He was visited by John Paul II in 1992. On the mountain there is a statue dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary that the Pope blessed on the occasion of his visit. The mountain is easily accessible by car; You can also admire the splendid panorama of the Tifatini Mountains.

Not to be ignored is also C, a town of prehistoric origin: Over the years, there have been many archaeologists who have managed to come back numerous artifacts of the time. This historic village will guide you through the ages: to visit are also the numerous burial stones present. Although it was bombarded during World War II, today, C ' was perfectly rebuilt and is a beautiful village to rediscover, in search of the origins and customs of our ancestors.

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The most beautiful beaches in the province of Salerno

We of tourism Campania have always tried to offer to our readers of places of historical and cultural interest unmatched: we can not forget, however, that we are in Campania and that our beaches are among the most beautiful in the world.

In this article, we offer a mini guide on the most beautiful beaches found in the province of Salerno: We will talk about Marina di Camerota, of Palinuro and crossing the magnificent Cilentina coast in a succession of crystal clear sea and clean beaches.

What are the best beaches in the province of Salerno?

  • Bay of the infreshes, Marina di Camerota: The wonder of the provinces of Salerno is known all over the world. Its beaches are particularly enchanting, the sea is pristine and the sand is finely gilded. In this case, the Bay of the infreshes is reachable only by sea. Alternatively, you can follow a trekking itinerary, thanks to which you can admire the Mediterranean scrub. This path will take you from Lentiscelle Beach in search of the secrets and places of Marina di Camerota. Many of the beaches can be seen or reached only through the sea: we can quote Cala Bianca or Cala Fortuna. This bay has been recently honored to be a protected marine Area. surmounted by jagged and rocky coastlines, its sea is as blue as the sky before darkening: a spectacle to be lived;
  • Beach Calanca: Many of the beaches of Salerno's surroundings can only be reached by means of footpaths. No exception is beach Calanca in Marina di Camerota: The path full of steps will surprise you. Do not be frightened by fatigue, because you will be rewarded at the end of the route. This beach is of a sandy type and is enclosed by the high rocky cliffs. We also suggest that you can admire the tower of Violets. Here the sunsets have another taste and can be experienced at full. Truly a charm of romance and inspiration;

The Cilento: crystal clear sea and beaches to love

  • Good sleep beach: This beach can be reached by sea, and is located in Capo Palinuro. The sea is the color of the emerald and the sand has nothing to envy to the most famous beaches of overseas, like Hawaii. You can head to this beach with a nice name from the port of Palinuro. There is a very nice rock, or the rabbit, which the walls lie on the sea;
  • Conca dei Marini: Among the bays of fundamental importance for Salerno, we can find this spectacular basin. Here and now the activities of fishermen are still taking place: the sea is full of fish and is considered one of the main places of sustenance for the Salerno;
  • Natural arch: It is probably one of the most known and is located near the mouth of the river Mingarso. It was used as a location for the film The Argonauts 2;
  • Marinella Beach: Palinuro, as Marina di Camerota, gives tourists unique emotions. In this case, we find ourselves in front of two choices: we can reach the beach thanks to a path or the stairway. Here the Panorama opens on the coast: those who have taken the path, have admitted to live a "fable".
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The 5 most romantic restaurants of Caserta

Caserta is part of a fascinating historical context. Its culture is studied all over the world: every year, many tourists come to visit to explore the famous Bourbon Palace.

Those who wish to combine a scenic and artistic tour with the good food offered by the Caserta can take a look at the list of the five most romantic restaurants we have selected for you.

The most beautiful restaurants in and around Caserta

Between taverns and inns…

  • Antica Camasso: Via Mazzini, 55, Caserta. The service is very professional. You can taste pizzas, first and second courses, or order a nice round of appetizers of the place. There is a tasting menu in which you can discover the delicacies that the city offers. The owner will recommend you the wines to match with your sumptuous meal. There is a very special and exquisite attention to the customer, without ever being intrusive. The scenery is perfect for a romantic dinner. There is a space outside-we suggest you to book-in which to dine in intimacy. The dishes are presented in a very scenic way;

Are you looking for a nice place to dine with your sweet half?

The village of Casertavecchia is perfect

  • The Falcons ' Tower: via Linden, 75, Casertavecchia. Have you headed to the beautiful village and would like to stay for dinner? Casertavecchia is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend. Even its locals have decided to take a pinch of magic from the village to offer its customers a sensational dinner, moonlight. This restaurant also has an outdoor pool, where you have a swim before lunch. The atmosphere is soft, the tablecloths are well set, the goblets of wine will be filled. From the menu we suggest you to taste absolutely the piglet, typical of the kitchen of Caserta;
  • Chess: Locality San Rocco, Casertavecchia. We decided to select the best restaurants in the place, to allow you to choose the best for you. Inside, Chess offers a truly enviable selection of wines. We advise you to book the table near the fireplace, to enjoy a lavish meal in the company of Fire. The food is refined and of high quality, a pearl that goes to sneak in the heart of the village of Casertavecchia. It is not a place for tourists: It is an inn for those who wish to taste the specialities of Caserta;

Looking for places of historical interest

After a ride downtown, a nice dinner with our soul mate

  • Antica Locanda: Viella Raimondo Barbera, 7/9, San Leucio. For those who have decided to make a hike to the Belvedere of San Leucio, we recommend to stop at this inn. The dishes are exquisite, the outside of the room is typically rustic. The menu is typical: Present the Fusilli to the fisherman, the Paccheri to the codfish, the tuna cut and the crumbled T-neck. The fish is always fresh;
  • La Locanda di Mimì: Largo banda, 5, Caserta. The Inns have a historic charm, offer excellent cuisine, typically homemade, and are perfect for a romantic dinner. This inn is located in the historic centre of Caserta. We recommend you to book dinner after discovering the streets of the city.
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The 5 most good pizzerias in Salerno

In Campania with pizza do not joke. While not in Naples, we are in the pizza region. And it must be done as Christ commands.

Pizza is one of the most famous dishes of Italy: You can find it everywhere, but it will not be the same as Campania.

Below, we decided to draw up a list with the most famous pizzerias located in Salerno. Get ready to enjoy the most delicious pizza you have ever eaten!

The list of pizzerias in Salerno

  • Antica Pizzeria Fried The roundabout: on Tripadvisor, this is one of the highest pizzerias in position, with really stellar reviews. The place is not very big, but what we give importance to is the pizza. And in this case you can taste a pizza lady. It is typically Neapolitan, with high edge. You can also order some local fried foods as an appetizer. The pizza is very light, soft and tasty: We recommend the classic, with tomato and buffalo above, as well as Basil. Really to lick his mustache. Here the pizza is the protagonist of a romantic film;
  • Pulcenella: Via Case Rosse, 88, Salerno. The service is perfect, the owners care about the customers and treat them in the best way. A curiosity is that you will not be given cutlery to eat pizza, but you can enjoy it as a time. The environment is simple and spartan. The pizzerias usually do not concentrate so much on the furnishings of the room as for the preparation of the pizza. According to our experience, the more a local is good, the more their pizzas will be of a high standard. This is the case of Pulcenella, where the Neapolitan tradition is alive;

We advise you to order fried foods as an appetizer

  • The grimace: Piazza Alfano, 5, Salerno. It's the classic Neapolitan pizzeria that will make you feel at home. The walls are decorated with different suggestive writings. There is an outside in which to eat pizza outdoors. As for the Queen, it's one of the best you'll ever have to taste. You can order fried appetizers, which dominate in Campania as an appetizer. As the Salerno say, the fried, after all, "opens the stomach" to the pizza!;
  • Pizzaportafoglio & Nonsense: Via Porta Elina, 7, Piazza led, Salerno. You can taste this pizza while sitting comfortably at the piazza led. When you ask a Salerno where to eat pizza, you're sure to recommend this pizzeria. The pizza is extremely good as well as being cheap. There are some outdoor tables in which to admire the beautiful Salerno. A suggestive and romantic panorama;

Pizzerias suggestive and Spartan: where to eat the most delicious pizza in Salerno

  • Pizzaria Criscemunno: Via Romualdo the Guar, 15, Salerno. This pizzeria is a small gem in which to admire a beautiful view and at the same time to taste a good pizza. The staff is friendlier and attentive to every desire of the customer. It is located next to the Duomo of Salerno: a perfect place to eat pizza, especially after exploring the streets of the centre. The pizza is very thin, soft, each ingredient is fresh. There are the eggrolls of pasta! Recommended.
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The Duomo of Salerno

If you are in Salerno, a visit to the Duomo is considered a must. The Italian cities are fortunate enough to boast the Duomo, the main cathedral and the pulsating heart of the city. It is the reason why many tourists love to visit Italy and lose themselves among its remains.

The Duomo of Salerno is no less. Known by the name of St. Matthew's Cathedral, the remains of the saint are in fact kept in the crypt inside.

The Duomo of Salerno: A fascinating place rich in history

A curiosity that links the Duomo of Salerno with the papacy is that it has been honored the denomination of minor basilica. This honour grants him only the pope, the highest office of the papal State, to some religious buildings: not many people can boast of this recognition.

The reason why St. Matthew's Cathedral received it is because of the importance it has had throughout history.

The building dates back to the 11th century. The first style with which it was made was the Romanesque. Like all the religious buildings that have been present in Italy for so long, it has undergone various changes throughout the various eras. These processes of transformation are due to the people who have settled afterwards, or to the natural phenomena that have put the construction at risk.

The history of St. Matthew's Cathedral

For example, we can quote the bell tower, which is a perfect adaptation of the Arab-Norman style: Inside were placed eight bells.

St. Matthew's Cathedral was built for two precise reasons, two events that marked the history of this town. The first is traced back to the translation of the remains of St. Matthew in Salerno. First, the latter were in Capaccio-

The second event that marked the city in an important way was the conquest of the latter in 1075 by the Norman Duke, Robert of Altavilla, known by the term of the gates.

The people were grateful to Robert of Altavilla, because his conquest marked the end of the Lombard principality, which lasted for 237 years.

Construction work for the cathedral begins in 1080. The then Archbishop-in-Office was Alfano I, poet and Doctor who had specialized in the famous medical school Salerno.

The building was strongly wanted by Roberto the gates. Pope Gregory VII inaugurated the church in 1084; In 1085, the cathedral was ready. It is one of the works of the past of which we have news of a speed of construction of similar magnitude. Usually, the construction of a building of such importance required a great deal of time.

Here are the visiting times of the cathedral

Being an area prone to different seismic phenomena, the cathedral has undergone many rehashes over time, which is also the reason that make it so fascinating.

To visit St. Matthew's Cathedral, you must observe a precise time:

  • Weekdays: from 8:30 until 20:00;
  • Public holidays: from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.

 

Image source: Radio Compass Duomo of Salerno

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Visit Naples Underground

The visit to Naples Underground is very suggestive. You will have the opportunity to explore a part of Naples which, unfortunately, is devoted to little attention, preferring to observe the city as it is now.

Here is what you will have the pleasure to discover during the excursion to Naples underground

You can discover the Greco-Roman aqueduct, the medieval tunnels, the Bourbon tunnels and the modern tunnels. Go down to about 40 meters deep, thanks to the presence of 136 steps, which are low and comfortable.

There are some tuffaceous cavities dating back to the Greek era, i.e. to the 4th century B.C., and which were reused during World War II as an anti-aircraft shelter.

The visit to the underground Naples also includes the scientific laboratory where the seismic station Arianna, the underground gardens, the Museum of War and the Serra have been installed.

Every room has been illuminated in such a way as not to pose a danger to the people who make the excursion. There is only one path a little more narrow, but it is optional: We advise you to do so, because it is very impressive. This trail leads to the Roman cistern with water and is lit by candles. It is really a spectacle of lights and shadows, as well as history.

The Italian language tour lasts for an hour, while the English language excursion has a duration of two hours.

Included in the price of the ticket, you will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of the Teatro Romani, a typical Neapolitan house, where you can admire where the emperor Nero was staying during the visits of the shows that were held in the city. It's really a unique opportunity, looking for pure history.

Discover the times of the excursions in Italian and English language

The Times of the excursions in Italian language are:

  • There is a scheduled departure every hour from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. There is an excursion on Thursday evening at 21:00, but it must be made by booking and reaching 10 people;

On the other hand, the English language tour times are:

  • A departure is scheduled every two hours, from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. Also in this case it is possible to book Thursday evening at 21:00 and is worth the same rule of the previous. The duration of this route is two hours.

Contacts and prices of the visit to Naples underground

Ticket prices for access to Naples underground are as follows:

  • The whole ticket costs 10 euro;
  • The reduced ticket for students costs 8 euro;
  • For children aged 5 years up to 10 years, the ticket costs 6 euro;
  • School groups enter 8 euros, for teachers is free;
  • You can request a 10% discount with the Artecard;
  • Admission is free for children under 5 years of age.

In the following, we also leave you contacts to speak with those in charge of Naples Underground (beware of other visits, could be scams):

  • The phone number is 081 29 69 44. The mobile number is 340 46 06 045. The number to contact via Whatsapp is 333 58 49 479;
  • The e-mail is: info@napolisotterranea.org;
  • The official site is napolisotterranea.org.
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The Royal Gardens of Caserta

The Royal Gardens of Caserta are among the places immersed in nature recreated by man better cared for every little detail that you will ever visit. Designed and built by Luigi Vanvitelli, the gardens were strongly desired by Queen Maria Caroline of Austria, the wife of King Ferdinand IV.

Luigi Vanvitelli was helped for the realization of the project by the English gardener John Andrew Graefer: For this very reason, the Royal gardens are known all over the world as a splendid example of English gardens.

The history of the Royal Gardens of Caserta

Queen Maria Carolina spent all her fortune for the realisation of the Royal gardens. His intent was to obscure the fame of the Petit Trianon of Versailles, which had been wanted by Queen Marie Antoinette of France, the sister of Maria Carolina.

This garden extends for about 24 hectares of pure factor of nature. To achieve this, many workers were employed: begun in 1785, construction lasted very little time. There is almost nothing "natural": every pond, canal, Hill, everything you will encounter during a walk is designed by man.

The royal gardens were and are currently water-powered by the famous Carole Aqueduct, one of the most scenic and important constructions of the past.

Between orange groves and follies: Here's what you can see

In addition to the orange groves and the cultivation of specific plants, we can admire many follies: the latter was an English fashion that was conquering Europe. The follies were reserved for the pastimes of the royals, the small niches in which to relax and regenerate in contact with nature.

In the nineteenth century, the royal gardens were used as a real botanical garden of Caserta, thanks to the expert knowledge of botanists Gussone and Taheri.

Carlo Vanvitelli was very careful to realize the project of the gardens. Inside, there is a grove, which is normally called the Labyrinth. Here there is a pond of water lilies; Besides the latter, one can admire two areas of dense vegetation, alternating the typical characteristics of the nineteenth century, of romantic mould.

We can find a temple, of which there are now only remnants: a curiosity about it is that the columns used to support the temple were granite and came from the ruins of Pompeii.

We advise you to visit the Bath of Venus and the Cryptoporticus

Another purely scenic and spectacular place of the Royal Gardens is the Cryptoporticus. It is a place where you can relive a kind of fake "Roman ruin": In fact, it was built precisely with this intent. The goal was to grant the guests of the royals to deepen the Roman city. A very romantic place, which accentuates the perfection of the gardens.

At the end of your exploration, we advise you to head to the Bath of Venus. Here is a marble statue of Carrara, made by Tommaso Solari, which describes in a perfect way the scene in which Venus comes out of the water. There is also a small waterfall.

Visiting the Royal Gardens in one day is completely impossible, because there are so many treasures that lurk inside.

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The most famous streets of Naples

Naples is a city that tells the art and history under many forms. Here you can breathe the air of the past, walk through its alleys, discover new roads. There is no way to explain the beauty of Naples with appropriate words, because it should be lived.

Many Italian cities are fortunate to have very old streets or neighborhoods. The Neapolitan charm is timeless: there are symbols that immediately speak of the city Bell.

Spaccanapoli and Via San Gregorio Armeno: Artistic and cultural excellences

Understanding the neighborhoods of Naples is curious and complicated at the same time for those who come from outside. In Every street, you can see the history, the eternal continuum between the past and the present, the lifestyle. The city has its own customs, which are still followed with love and dedication by its inhabitants.

Among its most famous points, renowned all over the world, we can quote first of all Spaccanapoli, also known by the term decumanus inferior. It is located in the old town, the heart of Naples, and is one of the most characteristic places you will ever visit. Nothing like Spaccanapoli represents the Neapolitans at full. The architecture, the art that intersects with everyday life, the smell of pizza, the various shops in which to buy souvenirs.

Speaking of the most famous streets of the city, it is also necessary to talk about via San Gregorio Armeno, known as the street of the Cribs. The Neapolitan handicraft has always amazed those who are visiting the city.

Via Toledo: The shopping street and the noble palaces

This way is not important only in the Christmas season, but throughout the year. Handicraft workshops sell original or canonical wooden productions. It is very easy to reach Via San Gregorio Armeno, because it is connected to Spaccanapoli. Places of interest include the Church of San Gregorio Armeno and the birthplace of San Gennaro at the Elm.

One of the most "rich" streets of the city is Via Toledo: Here you will have the opportunity to indulge in shopping and at the same time to admire the great palaces of the past. This road extends from Piazza Dante to Piazza Trento and Trieste. We suggest, among other things, the Zevallos Palace.

Via Toledo is one of the most famous in the world: it owes its fame to the many filmmakers who have chosen it as a place of filming in several films. In addition to shopping and palaces, it is advisable to head to the Spanish districts. Along the way, there are dozens of trattorias and pizzerias, which churn out and cook typical regional products.

Stop by to eat a pizza along the streets of the center

After walking around the city and discovering its treasures, we advise you to stop at a typical pizzeria in the centre. Here you will have the opportunity to taste the real Neapolitan pizza, or the daisy or marinara, a culinary experience that everyone should do at least once in their life.

In the evening, we suggest you to reach via Caracciolo, the promenade of Naples.

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The Wines of Salerno

Salerno is not only a city rich in history and art, offering a cultural heritage that is not indifferent to visitors. No, Salerno is also a city that is "tasted", thanks to its typical products and the wine list.

The Salerno province and the city itself boast a very secular cultivation of vines. Of paramount importance, the cultivation of grapes has always been a way for the less wealthy citizens to seek a bit of luck.

A little history on Salerno Wines

For this reason, the best grape and the most sophisticated experimental technique has always been sought to recreate wines with an intense taste for the palate. Salerno wines have a history behind them: their refined cultivation will surprise you.

The wine market, today intended for everyone, in the past was mainly aimed at royalty and noble palaces. The Salerno knew that the only way to achieve a stable economy was to devote themselves in a total way to the production of a special wine. As a result, Salerno wines are among the Campania and Italian excellences.

Below, we deepen the most famous wines of Salerno and its province: each one has a speciality and a special territory in which to mature.

What are the wines of Salerno?

We can start talking about four wines with denomination of origin; Each of these has different types. We can name the Cilento, the Colli di Salerno, the Amalfi coast and the Castel San Lorenzo.

  • Cilento DOC: The Cilento is a very fertile area with regard to the cultivation of the vines. The latter are to Aeneas and Paestum, and those who have taken care of their realization were none other than the ancient Greek colonizers. The territory is mainly clayey-calcareous and is the reason why the Cilento wine has a decided flavor. We can find an excellent selection of red wines, such as Aglianico, Piedirosso and primitive foot, as well as excellent whites and rosés;

We can taste red, white and rosé

  • Colli di Salerno: The wines of Salerno are honoured with the IGT brand. Their cultivation has always been attentive over the centuries; The techniques are very refined and developed during the various vintages. The Salernitane hills are excellent for the production of wines, being florid and luxuriant;
  • Amalfi Coast: The main wines of this spectacular territory are the fury, the sunsets and the Ravello. We can find white, red and rosé of the highest quality. The three wines we have mentioned before can boast the label "Riserva" if they are left to age. The Amalfi coast contains a very extensive territory, destined to the cultivation of the vines;
  • Castel San Lorenzo: This wine is produced in eight municipalities of the province of Salerno. Among the wines of major importance we can mention the Barbera; The latter is left to grow old in oak, thanks to which it ensures a structured and personal taste. Besides Barbera, we can taste the Lambiccato, a very sweet wine, which is made thanks to the Moscato grapes. Again, we find red, white and rosé wines.
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What to see in Caserta

Having a guide when you visit a city that you do not know enough is considered the norm. However, for those who do not want to bind to a predetermined path, it is useful to read articles that suggest tourists the most beautiful and fascinating places of the city that you intend to visit.

This is the case of Caserta, a place that we can admire and study for its history and culture that exudes from every corner.

Are you visiting Caserta? Here's what you don't have to miss

The only veto we put is that we will not only talk about the famous Bourbon Palace, or Caserta, as is best known to the public. Yes, many tourists are targeting the city, but they forget that there is much more in it and they immediately head for the royal palace.

Well, get ready to discover something more about the city of Caserta.

Surely, the Royal Palace of Caserta has a special charm. Here you can admire the historic apartments – the décor is in full Louis XVI style – The Royal Gardens, the English garden and the Venus Bath.

A little gem is that behind the bath of Venus, you can observe the Cryptoporticus. The latter is a representation of the ancient temple, now in ruins: It is a really moving scenario.

A look at the Masters of Silk: the Belvedere of San Leucio

Besides this, we recommend you to stop at the Belvedere of San Leucio. Starting from ' 700, here was one of the most famous silk factories in the world. Here you can locate the royal apartments, an Italian garden and the Weaver's house.

Many tourists decide to give us a jump to buy the artisan silks available along the shops that are on the way. A small gem is that from the external terrace of the Belvedere of San Leucio you can admire Caserta and even Vesuvius. If you are visiting the palace in spring, you will probably have the exclusive view on the islands of Capri and Ischia.

The visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta will probably be the whole day. We recommend that you stay in the city for a few more days and learn more about other characteristic places as well.

The lesser known places of Caserta: Casertavecchia, the Duomo and the Carolen Aqueduct

  • Casertavecchia: One of the most fascinating villages in Italy. Here you can spend a romantic weekend, full of great food and legends surrounding the village. The air is cool and the temperature stays stable throughout the summer. Wonderful panoramic view from the highest point of the village, bucolic, immersed in peace and calm.
  • Duomo of Casertavecchia: Of course, it is impossible not to visit at least once in your life. Of Romanesque-Gothic style, the Church of San Michele Arcangelo is one of the most fascinating places present in Caserta. Here you can celebrate weddings in the charming romantic setting. A gem is the restaurant by Mage, which will make you taste the typical dishes of the past.
  • Canice Aqueduct: It is a splendid construction, considered a masterpiece of the hydraulic engineering of past eras. At night, it lights up, offering tourists a really lovely view. Recently, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Weekend in Avellino

To visit a city well, it is advisable to spend at least a weekend. The classic "Hit and run" Italian is one of the most popular holidays, especially because we have wonderful places, that allow us to discover always new attractions. Avellino is no exception: If you are considering spending a weekend in this location, below we will give you information on how to fill your time.

On Saturdays and Sundays they translate with fun and relaxation. Avellino is no exception and offers several places to see and discover, in search of its ancient origins and of its best kept monuments.

Of course, every tourist's first wish is to visit the historic centre of a city. In this respect, we Italians are very famous all over the world to offer wonders located right in the heart of the cities from secular history. In Avellino it is impossible not to dedicate a few hours to the rediscovery of its historical center, among churches, monuments and artisans ' shops where you can buy souvenirs.

A weekend in Avellino: Here's what to do

One of the first steps that we recommend is the Duomo. Here you can have breakfast in the surrounding bars, with a coffee and the excellent Bell pastry shop. The Duomo is located in the most ancient and important part of Avellino, known as the Hill of the Earth. The Duomo is consecrated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Modesto: The latter is the patron saint.

Among the buildings of historical interest that we suggest you to visit, always on Saturdays, is the Church of Santa Maria of Constantinople – rebuilt entirely after the earthquake of 1732 – and the ruins of the castle of Malik.

The Ragged Lake: a place of peace and relaxation for those who love nature

Obviously, speaking of Avellino, we can not refrain from advising you a visit to Montevergine, where you can make a prayer to the sanctuary of Our Lady. Here is a picture of Our Lady, 4 meters high. For those who want to immerse themselves in nature, we recommend a visit, maybe on Sundays, to the Ragged Lake.

The latter provides an equipped and structured part for any eventuality. You can rent a bike and take a tour of nature, think of taking a bath in the hottest seasons or indulging in the peace of the senses.

Do you prefer to go dancing on a Saturday night or a tasting route?

Avellino offers different solutions for tourists: Whether you are fond of trips or outings, or nightlife, here you will not be disappointed.

In the city there are several nightclubs, such as the Maeba Glam Club, where you can relax while listening to great music and having a cocktail. For those who are a lover of trattorias and restaurants, Avellino does not even sin in this. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful cuisine of the Campania, including pizzas, first courses and spectacular desserts.

Spending two days in Avellino and visiting its beauties will allow you to understand the history of this fascinating territory. The choice on how to set the holiday is only yours: Are you a lover of walks? The Ragged lake awaits you. Or do you prefer to make a tasting course of its delicacies?

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Weekend in Benevento

This beautiful resort offers the opportunity to spend a weekend in the name of history, art, culture and entertainment. Obviously, let's not forget the good food that you can taste!

The Samnite capital boasts a centuries-old history: This place has been the crossroads of several peoples, but it was the Sunni that made it fascinating and rich in culture as we know it today. Benevento is the fifth largest capital of Campania, however it has far more ancient origins than the rest of the cities.

A weekend in Benevento? Here's what to do

Originally, we were able to know about the history books with the term of "miseventum", or the wind of bad luck: It was the Romans who gave them this name, for the defeats obtained by this people. Only following the victory of the Battle of Pirro, she returned to be called Benevento.

Spending a weekend in Benevento is ideal for tourists who like to go hunting for finds of Roman origins. For example, the Roman amphitheatre offers many shows, especially during the Saturday evening, where you can enjoy and spend a few hours in the name of fun.

Of course, it is obligatory to take a tour of its historical centre, where you can admire the Duomo and the Trajan's arch. Among the places of cultural interest, we suggest you to spend a few hours at the theatre: here there are the Teatro Comunale Vittorio Emanuele and Teatro De Simone. Keep an eye on their sites to find out what shows are in town at the time of your arrival. Besides these places, you can visit the Rocca dei Rectori, the church of Hagia Sophia and the Museo del Sannio.

Between art, history and fun

For those who like to walk and immerse themselves in nature, we recommend a visit to the Zoo delle Maitine, in the province of Benevento, near the Samnite Peach, in Via Fontana of the eye. There is also an area equipped to farm, where you will have the opportunity to stay in contact with the animals and to know their habits.

It is impossible not to be fascinated even by the Beneventan kitchen. Here you will taste products of the territory, especially connected to the land: it is a poor kitchen, of peasants and of breeding, but so good to lick the whiskers. Excellent is also the selection of wines strictly doc, as for example the Solopaca.

A tasting course where to taste the specialties Beneventane

If you spend a weekend in the city, you should know that Benevento is known above all to be close to the famous liqueur witch. The story that binds the witches to this wonderful city has seen her protagonist since the dawn of her birth: many of them used to meet in the surroundings of Benevento, near a tree, now known as their "seat".

We can not but mention the nightlife of Benevento: When the Sun Falls, the city is dressed in life and lights. The choices are up to you: You Can dance until late at night in a famous disco in the city, or choose to head towards a farm and try one of the many tasting routes in the area, including wines and great food with a homemade look.

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The Wines of Naples

Campania is a land that is not only known for good food. Land of peasants, delicacies and rich in history and culture, this region offers some beauties that can rarely be admired elsewhere.

What are the wines of Naples?

The history of Naples originates in antiquity. In the course of the various eras, the importance that this city has had for Italy is known to all. The famous saying "see Naples and then die" aims to tell the heart of the city; After witnessing his wonders, you will be able to say that you have lived.

But Naples is not only good food, quaint neighborhoods and crystal clear sea. Naples is much more than that. Today, we want to tell you about its wines, grape varieties and how the history of the grapes has been undermined within the world scene.

In Naples, but also in its surroundings, the territory is very fertile, particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines. Here the viticulture begins in ancient times, when the peasants were looking for a way to earn some extra money.

A list of wines to taste

Although it was the scene of great noble titles and great palaces, Campania and Naples itself were inhabited by a people particularly dedicated to the land, which could survive thanks to its fruits.

And this is where the love for grapes and wine in general is born; Many have built their fortune by serving the cellars of the palaces.

The grapes of the territory are manifold. We can quote the Piedirosso, the Aglianico, the Greek, the Falanghina, the tail of Fox… but they are only some of the grapes. The DOC wines of Naples can amaze fans of the genre, in an exploratory journey back in the cellars of the past.

  • Aversa Preprino: This is also found in the tree-lined and sparkling version. During the Angevin period, Louis Pierrefeu spotted in Naples the best territory to cultivate his vines. In this way, he served the court of Robert of Anjou with first-class wines;
  • Campi Flegrei: Within this category, we can mention a lot of wines. There is the Falanghina, but also the Partire and Palus, the Piedirosso and the Novello red. Excellent to taste the Passito;
  • Capri: The Capri Wine is presented in the types of white and red. Both have a taste on the palate really exceptional;
  • Ischia: Various wines are available, such as white, sparkling wine, the superior… but also the Biancolella, the Forastera, the Piedirosso and the for ' e Palui, which also comes in the version of Passito;

The most famous and precious is "the Tear of Christ"

  • Lacryma Christi: This is probably the most famous DOC wine of the Neapolitan. Appreciated all over the world, it is also known by the term of Lacryma Chirsti of Vesuvius, or Vesuvius. The wines belonging to Vesuvius were also appreciated in Roman times. Of them, it was written that "Bacchus loved these hills more than the native hills of Nisa." The origin of the name of the wine is among the most interesting stories of Naples. It is said that here wept God, and that where his tears came, were later territories of great fertility.
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The typical dishes Salerno

Having the opportunity to visit a city located in Campania is at the same time be sure to have fun and enjoy great food. Salerno is one of the most visited cities; It offers clean beaches, crystal clear sea.

Of course, when you are here, you must visit the Paestum, its temples, the Arechi castle, the Minerva Garden and the Salerno Medical School.

What are the typical products of Salerno?

Between visits, however, you may be hungry! Salerno does not fail to offer a list of typical products really enviable. We have for every taste, from the sandwich with the spleen, or the street food par excellence, to the most good sweets of Campania.

Speaking of Salerno, it is impossible not to mention the Zizzona of Babu: the latter, by now, is a registered trademark and tourists from all over the world come to visit Salerno just to taste it.

Below, you will find the list of unfailing foods to be enjoyed when you are visiting the city.

The Zizzona of Babu: The Food of the Gods

  • Zizzona of Babu: It is impossible, by now, not to know this famous dish. Campania is among the most famous regions in terms of dairy products. The Zizzona has become so famous that tourists who visit Salerno, by now, try to taste it at least once. This buffalo mozzarella has a particular shape, reminiscent of the female breasts. At first, it was not very well known: thanks to the movie Welcome to the south, the rest of Italy discovered this dish. Subsequently, the brand of the Zizzona of the farm was registered by the Dairy de La Fattoria. There are many ways to enjoy it, but we advise you to do it with a drizzle of oil. You will be amazed by his taste;
  • Padded spleen: The patron saint's Day is held in Caserta on 21 September. The city is filled with people, lights and a particular perfume. At the corners of the streets, you will see many carts, in which people prepared a special sandwich, or the padded spleen. The ingredients of this sandwich are very simple, and it was considered in the past the meal of the peasants: oil, vinegar, garlic, parsley, chilli and of course spleen. The sauce of this sandwich is sensational;

Scazzetta and Santarosa for a sweet snack in the heart of the Old Town

  • Scazzetta: The names of the typical Salerno dishes are very funny. This in particular beats them all, not only for originality, but also for goodness. You can taste at the pastry pants, or in the heart of the historic center of Salerno. This slice of cake has some particularly tasty ingredients: cream, strawberries, Spanish sponge and red icing. Curious to find out why you call it that? You will surely understand that it is a dialect word: it refers to the headgear of the Cardinals, which the pope gives them in the investiture;
  • Santarosa: This is the forerunner of the Sfogliatella. If you pass by Salerno, it is impossible not to indulge this sweet;
  • The hazelnut of the house is also known for the Festival of cinema dedicated to children. But not only that! In the event you will have the opportunity to taste some amazing hazelnuts. They are among the most valuable of the Italian panorama.
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What to visit in Benevento

There is a lot to say about the city of Benevento. This place has a very important history for Campania and Italy. Benevento has been the seat of many battles, has seen the succession of many peoples, and each of them has left a trace in what is a real city of art.

In ancient times, Benevento was known as the term of the bad eventum. It was the Romans who bucklinged this name to the city, after the defeat by the Sunni, who for a long lived in the province.

Benevento: Here's a little bit of its history

Another of the reasons why Benevento is so well known is because it has always been regarded as the city of witches. A number of witch trials have been held here in the dark times; It is still rumored that these last ones are found near a tree at the gates of the city.

In addition to the urban legends and history, Benevento offers very many cultural and historical attractions. Its artistic heritage is renowned and appreciated by tourists. If you are reading this article, however you will be wondering what places to visit in the city, or what not to miss.

We advise you to start from the old Town, where the main story of this city winds. The first place to visit is certainly the inevitable Duomo, whose construction dates back to the 12th century. You think during the bombing of 1943, it was destroyed.

The Duomo: One of the most interesting points of the city

Another point of interest is the Campanile: the latter was built around 1279. Besides this, you can also head to the Diocesan Museum: Here are the fragments of the central gate of the Duomo that were destroyed during the Second World War. The Life of Christ is depicted in the fragments.

Always inside the cathedral, you can visit the crypt: Inside there are some really beautiful frescos.

Impossible not to mention is also the Capitular library, which contains parchments, Antifonari and medieval codes.

Speaking of Benevento, it is imperative to mention the Roman theatre, whose construction was requested by the Emperor Hadrian. It is well preserved and is home to numerous artistic and cultural events. It is present, of Roman origin, also the arch of Trajan: the latter was erected to celebrate the extension of the Via Appia, which connected Benevento and Brindisi.

Here's what to see in Benevento

Other places of interest are the following:

  • Church of Hagia Sophia: It was an ancient Benedictine abbey. It was the Lombards who contributed to his training. Inside, there are many frescoes dating back to the 8th century;
  • Museo del Sannio: Near the Church of St. Sophia, it was opened in 1873. His task was to collect all evidence of the passage of the Samnite.

Benevento is not only history and culture. The city opens to its tourists also from the night point of view. You can let yourself be conquered by the Trattorias or the nightclubs that open in the evening to allow anyone to relax.

The shopping street is also great, which is the main city.

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The 5 most romantic restaurants of Avellino and province

A romantic dinner serves to celebrate an anniversary, or an important day for the couple. However, it may not be so: in every day, after all, we could celebrate love! To get it right, you need the right restaurant.

Where to have a romantic dinner in Avellino

If you are from Avellino and its surroundings, or you are in this location, and you are trying to do some clarity about its romantic restaurants, this article is definitely for you. We chose mixed restaurants, based on the varied tastes of all.

This means that you will find the elegant restaurant, yes, but also inns and trattorias, for those who prefer a more intimate and rustic ambience.

What are the most romantic restaurants in Avellino and surroundings?

  • Locanda della Luna: It is located in Via in the street of San Giorgio del Sannio. This inn is a perfect location for those who want to spend a wonderful evening at two. The food is great; A taste experimentation that leaves your mouth open. The place is taken care of in detail. The raw materials used for the preparation of the dishes are really spectacular. It is noted that many couples prefer to head here for Valentine's Day, for the proposed menu and the attention to the customer;
  • Morabianca: The environment is typically romantic. Here you can taste some wonderful fish dishes. If you are both fish lovers, you should definitely try their proposals. The service is courteous and attentive to meet every need of the customer. The kitchen is extremely cured; It is first of all the orecchiette made by hand. They have an excellent wine list, with which to delight the palate;

Would you like to enjoy the view from the Villa Regina or would you prefer the Cuoppo?

  • Villa Regina: The address is Via floors, Grottaminarda. We are in front of a spectacular place to say the least. It is one of the most romantic proposals we have selected for you. Here too, there are some really interesting fish proposals. The location is well kept, very manicured, but not the only good thing about choosing Villa reigns for a romantic dinner for two. Dining out implies satisfying even the palate, after all. You can delight yourself with fresh fish and stay ecstatic by the presentation of the dishes;
  • Marennà: It is located in Rowan Serpico, locality Cerza Grossa. We must be honest: This location has conquered us. The open space is perfect for a summer dinner, or for a moonlit walk, immersed in greenery. There is a swimming pool area with modern chairs and sofas. You can sip some red wine – fantastic wines list! -While admiring the landscape. The kitchen is very attentive in detail. Besides, with such a location, it could not be otherwise. is absolutely up to expectations;
  • The street of the taverns: it is located in via Teodoro Mommsen 11/13, on the Via Appia. So far we have listed very elegant restaurants, but could not miss a more rustic and familiar look. A place where you reward the abundance and the beautiful location, which puts everyone at ease and that spoils with mixed fried and excellent first. For a romantic dinner for two in the name of the fabulous Cuoppo!
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The beaches of Naples and surroundings

Speaking of Naples, it is practically impossible not to name its splendid sea. Naples offers a crazy panoramic view: its beaches are many and not enough a whole week to visit them as they deserve.

"Naples is a thousand colors," Yes, and it is no exception to its sea. The infinite expanse of Blue kisses the sky in a fantastic way to say the least. When the Sun falls, the red of the sunset pours over the waters, which change nuance, until it becomes blue night. An intense spectacle that enters the heart of tourists. In many, after having visited Naples, they decide to return the following year.

What beaches to visit in Naples and surroundings?

It was really difficult to select the best beaches in and around Naples. Because some are real villages, to visit, and not only beaches in which to bathe, or, worse, be besieged by tourists. No, we would like to take you to real Naples, in its magic.

The goal is to make you breathe the Neapolitan air. Whether you are looking for an exclusive and private beach, or a well-equipped bathhouse, we were able to select the best coastlines.

  • The cliff of Marechiaro: This village overlooks the coastal of Posillipo. It is a typical fishing village, where you will have the opportunity to take long walks immersed in the green. Very impressive, we advise you to dedicate a day, to experience the magic of Naples in the best way. Besides, the water is really clean and crystalline;

The beach of the gay: admire the landscape and the Vesuvius

  • The beach of the gay: This is also located near the village of Marechiaro. It's a very quiet beach. As we said before, it is important to be able to enjoy the landscape and the scenery in silence, to enter in contact with Naples. It offers a splendid view of the Vesuvius and also of the Gulf of Naples. We suggest the presence of a boat with a transparent bottom with which to visit the archaeological park;
  • Bagno Elena: Is one of the first bathing establishments in the city and dates back to 1840. This lido has seen famous names during the course of its existence, local and international, such as Eduardo De Filippo and Totò. In addition, it was used as a landing point by nothing less than Richard Wagner and Oscar Wilde;
  • Riva Fiorita: We are in front of one of the most characteristic beaches of Naples. It is the backdrop to the sea the fantastic Villa Volpicelli. For those who do not know, is the famous red Castle of the famous soap opera A place in the sun. The beach is not easy to reach, however: you can lighthouse by sea or along a slightly arduous descent. If you are fond of the long exploratory walks, it is for you;

Are you looking for a fully equipped beach? They put and Miliscola are perfect

  • Beaches of Mises and Miliscola: If you are looking for well-equipped beaches, you can only head towards these two. In fact, they are bathing establishments that offer different services. There are relaxation areas or dedicated to family and children, to allow anyone to enjoy the scenery and have fun at the same time. They are also considered economic, compared to other establishments.

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