Places to Visit

Faicchio

The convent of San Pasquale sits above Faicchio.  There is a fantastic walk through Faicchio up the mountain.  The walk is lined by the Catholic stations of the cross.   The convent and church of San Salvatore Saviour dates back to 1589 and consisted of five altars.  In 1685 it was extended to include side chapels. 

There are three main churches in Faicchio.  The first Santa Maria Assunta (parish church) is to the right of Piazza Roma.  If you continue down the road you will end up at the Church. To date the church has three naves with two doors.  The main entrance is inscribed with an inscription that commemorates the rebuilding which took place after World War II.  The interior retains some stucco and marble, a wooden choir, wooden sculptures and a valuable painting. 

The Church of Santa Maria of Constantinople is in Fontanavecchia Faicchio.  It dates back to 1631.  The Church of St. John the Baptist is further into Faicchio past the clock tower.  It is on your left hand side. 

There are many restaurants in Faicchio.  Il Sauro is especially stunning with excellent food, stunning views and good wine.    A two course meal with wine and water per head will cost 15 euros.  

A lovely restaurant is Linda’s restaurant.  It is lovely.  Don’t be surprised to get an extra starter course.  This is complimentary.  She also owns the snack bar in Faicchio.  

The Cave is in the centre of Faicchio opposite Piazza Roma.  If you have Piazza Roma behind you, you will see a fountain above that are some steps.  Go up the steps and directly in front of you is a small opening (like a cave).  Believe it or not that is the restaurant.  It is an experience because it is set in a cave and is especially cool in the summer. 

Going through Faicchio past the lights you pass the tower clock on your right and you will come to a little green.  Opposite the far end of the green is Michele’s restaurant.  This has wonderful views and is lovely in the summer.  Well worth the visit. 

There are many bars within Faicchio.  The ones our clients love are Concetta’s bar on the main road and Linda’s bar near Banco Capasso.  Linda’s bar is lovely because it has wonderful views of the mountains and a nice cool breeze.  Concetta’s is where it all happens.  She has newspapers and you may even win on the lottery if you are feel lucky.  Concetta’s speaks some English – she can have a basic conversation with you.  Order a nice caffe latte – it’s gorgeous. 

There are some shops in Faicchio.  Big and Small is the clothes and accessories shop.  There  is a small supermarket, butchers, deli, travel agent, hair dressers, barber shop, perfume shop and snack bar.  

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 are rumoured to treat various diseases through research and studies that have shown the beneficial effect of thermal waters on the body. 

In addition, the park also has an amphitheatre, where during the summer you can watch numerous musical and theatrical events and participate in dances dedicated to ballroom and group dancing.

Telese has the main railway line to Naples and Rome.  You can reach Rome within 2 hours and Naples within 1 hour. There is also the stunning lake where you can go fishing and enjoy a lovely meal in the local restaurant overlooking the lake.  

Monte Cassino

 Monte Cassino is famous for being destroyed in the Second World War by allied troops.  Today there are memorials at Monte Cassino which can be visited as well as the monastery.  The views are truely breathtaking.  Monte Cassino is approximately 40 minutes drive from Faicchio. 

 

Piedimonte Matese

Piedimonte is mainly renowned for its shops, bars and restaurants.  It also has a large market which is held on a Thursday. 

Matese is further up the mountain and is approximately an hour’s drive from Faicchio.  It may seem strange but there is nothing there apart from beautiful scenery.  It is absolutely stunning.  There is one restaurant and you may even find some stalls which sell cheese, hams etc.  That is it but it is worth a visit and a picnic for the scenery alone.  The drive up the mountain is also something worth viewing.  Its hairy but breathtaking. 

Caserta

Caserta is best known for the Reggia di Caserta, Italy Southern Royal Palace.  The palace was created in the 18th century by the Italian architect Luigi Vanvitelli. Inside are more than 1200 rooms, decorated in various styles. It has been the set for several famous movies such as Star Wars and Mission Impossible III. The park is 2 miles (3.2 km) long and contains many waterfalls, lakes and gardens, as well as a very famous English garden.  

Caserta itself has many restaurants, bars and shops.  It is a garrison town and you still see soldiers in the city but now people mainly go for the shopping and to see the Royal Palace. 

Naples

Naples is known for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy. The islands of Procida, Capri and Ischia can all be reached quickly by hydrofoils and ferries. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are situated south of Naples. The Roman ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae are also nearby. 

 

 

Benevento

Benevento is a town approximately 30 minutes drive from Faicchio.  It is known for its bars, restaurants and shops.  There are some historical places to visit including the Roman theatre.  

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast,  is a stretch of coastline from Salerno to Sorrento.  It is approximately 2 hours drive from Faicchio and can be accessed via Salerno, Sorrento or Naples. If you start the journey at Salerno you will travel the whole of the coast road if you exit at Sorrento.  Its quite a car journey and could take you around four hours. 

The Amalfi Coast highway is renowned for its beauty and single track road.  It is not unusual to see coaches drive along this coast road which can cause the heart to flutter.  However it is truly worth it. 

Stop and buy some gorgeous lemons and oranges. 

Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European  mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.  

Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  They were never rebuilt, although surviving townspeople and probably looters did undertake extensive salvage work after the destructions. The towns’ locations were eventually forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century.

The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends.

There is access by road to within 200 metres (660 ft) of the summit (measured vertically), but thereafter access is on foot only. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater.

Sorrento

Sorrento is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples.  The town overlooks the Bay of Naples and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri.  Sorrento is approximately 2 hours from Faicchio. 

Ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia.  Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. 

 

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