Telese

Telese is a 10 minute drive from Faicchio and is famous for its thermal baths. The park is situated in a vast oasis of century-old trees. It offers two thermal pools, a garden bar, an amphitheatre and a restaurant.

The baths are renowned for its rehabilitation services and many people visit from across the world.  The baths have been rumoured to treat various diseases especially skins disorders.  I remember as a young teenager visiting the spa regularly as I suffered quite badly from acne.  Once in the waters and for quite a while afterwards my skin was healed.  Unfortunately I had to come back to England so couldn’t keep up with the treatment.   

In addition, the park also has an amphitheatre, where during the summer you can watch numerous musical and theatrical events and participate in ballroom and group dances.  Its a wonderful experience full of local Italian people and you really get the feel of the culture of town and area.  Not to be missed.  

To enter the park there is a small fee of 3 euros.  If you want a day at the spa then it is 11 euros.  Both worth visiting and experiencing.  

The town of Telese has recently undergone major development.  There are some fanastic shops, bars and restaurants.  You can buy some stunning shoes for a small price, clothes and accessories.  On a Saturday Telese holds their market.  It is always very busy but a fantastic way to buy and enjoy local produce.  As a child I remember visiting the markets and buy olives.  It has stayed with me all this time as I still love olives brought out of large plastic tub and just stored in brine.  A wonderful way to enjoy natural food.  You will find lots of vegetables, fruit, shoes and clothes at the market.  Personally I love going for a bargain. Always haggle otherwise what is the point of going.  The market is full of colours, smells and wonderful stalls to explore and buy from.  Have fun.  

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Telese also has the main railway line to Naples and Rome.  You can reach Rome within 2 hours and Naples within 1 hour. You can also reach Pompeii by train from Telese.  

Telese railway station is a sleepy station and typically Italian.  I love travelling by train in Italy.  Not only is it very cheap but the scenery is breathtaking.  You get to see quite a lot of the country and the journey from Telese to Rome takes you through some stunning areas.  If train travel isn’t your thing then you can get coaches to Rome and Naples.  Whilst again a cheap way to travel 20 euros return to Rome, you don’t actually get to see much apart from the motorway.  However in saying that there are some stunning views but just not as good as the train.  Also the train takes you to the main train terminal whilst the coach takes you the main bus terminal which is quite a way from the centre of Rome.  You need to get across Rome via bus.  If you choose this route its OK but be prepared to see parts of Rome you never thought you would see.  You dont only get to see the beautiful parts of Rome but also the areas the tourist board probably dont want you to see.  Its an adventure.  One that I personally love!

Apart from the spa what Telese is also famous for is the wonderful Lago di Telese.  It is truly relaxing lake and lovely to walk around.  It is quite a big lake and not recommended for swimming as the depth of the lake is unknown.  There are some lovely restaurants and bars around the lake where you can get a coffee.  The restaurants are very good and reasonably priced.  Its lovely sitting by the lake front enjoying a wonderfully cooked pizza.  Its something I would recommend.  Fishing is available but you need a license which is quite difficult to get hold of.  If fishing is your thing then look at our seperate article regarding fishing in the area.  

Telese is a lovely little town.  Well worth the visit.  Take time to explore it.  You wont be disappointed.  

Pizza

Eating a pizza in Italy is as normal as having pasta or any other food for lunch or dinner (my friend Luca has it for breakfast in the morning!). You can either have it served during the day as a take-away pizza, cut into slices and wrapped up in paper (as you would get fish ‘n’ chips in the UK), or at night, as the typical round pizza, in restaurants or pizzerias which usually offer a take-away service too.

In Italy we don’t really “go out for a pizza”. We treat ourselves to dinner in a fancy restaurant and in the end it just comes down to deciding between having pizza or pasta (my friend Luca has both!).

I’ve tried pizzas of all kind and in all different places but, even after twenty years of living in Rome, I still wouldn’t know what to suggest as the perfect recipe for a pizza. Its no wonder why many people that come to Italy just can’t figure out the secret behind it all.

One may think that it’s as simple as following a recipe step by step, using the right ingredients and mixing them in the right quantity, but it isn’t. Making a pizza in Italy is a sort of ritual and from it derives some kind of sacredness in its preparation. The ingredients are only just components that vary from one pizza to another and I think it’s the way that you approach the dough that makes the difference. This is where being Italian comes into place.

You know that all Italian way of gesticulating which makes people say one word with their mouth and ten other words with their hands during a conversation with someone? That’s the proper way to mix the dough and give a pizza its shape! The greater the pizza maker’s ability to gesticulate with his hands, the more you will be not just eating the pizza but talking to it too!

After trying so many kinds of pizzas, mine like many other people’s opinion (this may not be the case of my friend Luca!) is that, the simpler a pizza is, the better it tastes. This is why the combination between tomato, mozzarella and basil of the reknown Margherita seems to be the most popular.

Regarding the best places where to find a pizza in Italy, all you need to know is that a restaurant where you will not find a decent pizza is a shut down restaurant!