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Pietravairano Temple Theatre
Located on Monte San Nicola, 410 metres above the town of Pietravairano. Excavations have uncovered the remains of a temple and theatre from the first century AD, a time when the Romans had already defeated the Samnites. An absolutely stunning panoramic spot that can be reached on foot in half an hour from the village of Pietravairano.
Basilica of Santa Maria di Compulteria
A very appealing and intensely holy place. Now known as the Basilica of San Ferdinando, it is located in Alvignano at the point where academics have identified the ancient Roman city of Cubulteria. Austere and essential, it dates back to the fifth- sixth century.
Megalithic walls of Caiazzo
Known as the Cyclopean Walls due to the grandeur of the huge limestone blocks that make up this extraordinary architectural structure of Osco-Samnite origins, dating back to the 4th century BC.
Early Christian rock church
A place of historical and religious impor- tance beneath the Ducal Palace of Castel Campagnano, with late-Byzantine era frescoes depicting a Madonna with Child, the Archangel Michael and a group of bishops.
Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel
A rock sanctuary dedicated to Saint Mi- chael the Archangel by the Lombards, a place where history and legend meet and where still today the local community practices the cult of Saint Michael.
Cypress forest of Fontegreca
Welcome to the Zappini cypress forest, a naturalistic site of scientific interest since the cypresses here, the subject of CNR (Italian National Research Council) studies, are particularly resistant or totally immune to the bark cancer that has decimat- ed thousands of Mediterranean cypresses. A natural forest characterised by thick vegetation, traversed by the Sava river and home to several natural waterfalls.
Royal Palace of Caserta
A “royal” trip to discover the beauty between Italian Baroque and Neoclassicism, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli and built between 1752 and 1845. It covers 47,000 square metres over 5 floors with 4 internal courtyards, a monumental staircase, the Palatine Chapel, the Old Apartment, the Court Theatre and the Quadreria gallery. Not to mention a park that extends for 3 kilometres and 120 hectares, with two avenues and six fountains that link the Italian Garden to the English Garden.
Piazzetta delle Chiacchiere
With a name that translates as “chatting square”, this spot combines the intimacy of a small village with a view over an endless panorama. Whispers, gossip, news, and secrets were all par for the course in this square, which couldn’t help but be “social”.
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