The San Pasquale Monastery is a beautiful location in Southern. Proving to hundreds of avid holidays makers that there is more to Southern Italy than Rome and sunshine. Although the sunshine is fantastic and a much needed break to what seems like endless rain here in the UK, a historical eye opener can open up a different perspective on somewhere you felt you already knew.
Whether or not you’ve been to Italy before, you will know it has history the Roman Empire and the Vatican are obvious, but this is something much more refined like reading in between the lines of culture and history.
Religious or not you will enjoy the beauty of this monastery.
Faicchio – the town described in our last post is beautiful Italian rural village. To sum it up, it’s cultural, beautiful and interesting , making a great starting point of exploring Italian culture on a native level. Something I’m sure many people would appreciate as the authentic Italian experience is more appealing than tourist shops and beaches.
There is something about the small Italian villages and towns that reminds me of a fairy tale something far to quaint and delicate to be real with a magical sense of culture. I’m still shocked that Southern Italy has managed to hide away these precious gems of settlements away from us for so long. It’s about time the exploration began deeper than beaches and cities.
Travelling to the Campania region of Italy isn’t just about visiting Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii etc. Yes those places are beautiful and truly worth the visit if you are in the area. But there are places in the Campania region that are just as beautiful, quite, unique and give you the sense of being in Italy not just a local tourist attraction area.
One such place is Faicchio. Faicchio is a small, rural village approximately one hour from the centre of Naples. It is a quaint little village which is typically Italian. It has a modern part but the old part of Faicchio is lovely to see. Small narrow pathways which can actually get cars up them. It never ceases to amaze. Cobbled roadways and authentic Italian shops where people only speak Italian.
Faicchio has many restaurants and bars. Il Sauro, a new restaurant is set in beautiful surroundings. It overlooks the mountain, village and San Pasquale monastery. It is situated in vineyards and is surrounded by fields. Outside there are table and chairs to enjoy the warm evenings. Inside is beautifully decorated. They serve typically Italian food of the area like, pizza cooked in a wood oven, pasta, mozzarella, home-grown olives. Wine is homemade and about 2 euros a bottle. It is easy to visit the restaurant and have a three course meal for two with wine and water and only pay 40 euros. Very cheap but excellent quality.
Bars are plenty and Linda’s bar has some stunning views of the mountains. Sitting out under the shade gives a cool breeze especially cooling in the hot summer months. Il Piccolo Mondo is where all the action is. Lots of gossip and lovely coffee. You can also buy a newspaper and magazine.
There are also many shops in Faicchio. Big and Small is the local clothes shop and has clothes and accessories that will mean you just have to buy them. Well worth a visit.
However what Faicchio is truly wonderful for is the fact that no tourists visit there. It is completely Italian and very near to a local Spa town. Its twenty minutes from Caserta where you can see the Royal Palace and forty minutes from Monte Cassino. Faicchio is a relaxing place to unwind, see what Italy is all about and visit some beautiful areas of Southern Italy that are unexplored. That is quite difficult in this day. When you are in Italy put it on your agenda. Come and visit.
We suggest that people hire a car for travelling around our region of Italy because public transport doesn’t always get you to the best rural villages. There are excellent buses and trains from bigger cities but when you get to rural villages these aren’t so good. Hiring a car means that you can get around and see beautiful parts of Campania that you wouldn’t normally be able to visit. There are small quaint little villages, mountain peaks, national parks, lakes and tourist sites that you can’t visit without a car.
A car also gives you freedom. You can travel at a time that is convenient to you and we do provide satellite navigation to help you find your way around this region.
Car hire is really easy. We always say think about getting a car from the airport you travel into. It tends to be cheaper and more organised. Also the cars are in better condition than local car hire companies. The best part though is that you get your car as soon as you land and you don’t have to wait around for public transport or hire a taxi which is hugely expensive.
We don’t recommend specific car hire companies but in all the years I have been hiring a car in Italy I think we have used them all. From my experience I have always found the companies to be professional and really helpful. Southern Italy has really got is act together when it comes to car hire. One area where we found it was expensive though was the daily insurance policy for car hire excess. We have used a company carhireexcess.com. They were great and it only cost us £40 for one year for European cover. Well worth it.
I bet you never believed something so beautiful could be so close, but a Casa Sofia the local views are beyond the grey monotone spaces of the city. They are a doorway of sunshine to your Italian holiday.
This photo is one the many examples of the naturalistic beauty of the area, of course there are many more scenic surprises awaiting you on the Almafi Coast, but it’s good to start somewhere.
Life is too short for dreaming of sunny landscapes and an escape from home, it’s for taking the opportunity to explore natural Italy or for that matter anywhere but Italy is a better place to start than any. I hope you enjoy this snippet of scenic Italy and it shows everyone that Italy has more to it than Pasta and Gucci.