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.