Montesarchio, province of Benevento - Photo: Salvatore di Maro
Province of Benevento, Campania

Benevento Province

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This province epitomises the 'garden of Italy' label that the region of Campania is renowned for. With high peaks (the highest is Monte Mutria at 1822 metres), forests, plains and valleys, rivers and springs it is green, rich and fertile. The lower areas are covered in olive groves, vineyards, orange groves and endless plots of land with vegetables planted in the rich, red soil.

Wine and olive oil is produced here as well as an abundance of vegetables which are sold throughout Italy.

Benevento
Benevento is the capital of the province of Benevento in the region of Campania, Italy. In common with the rest of this region it has been heavily damaged by earthquakes as well as being devasted by allied air raids during World war II. Surprisingly, and luckily, it has managed to preserve many of its beautiful historic buildings and it is a very pleasant and interesting city to visit. There is an ancient and very well preserved theatre which was erected by Hadrian before being extended later. With a diameter of 90 metres it had a capacity of well over ten thousand. It is still used as a theatre and regularly hosts plays, music, opera and dance performances. The Santa Sofia Church has recently become a UNESCO World Hertiage site due to its artistic and cultural significance. The remains of a large covered passageway (cryptoporticus) known as the ruins of Santi Quaranta is 60 metres long and is considered to be only a small part of the original. It is believed that the whole structure was once somewhere in the region of 520 metres in length.


Arch of Trajan - Photo: Decan
    The other main sites to visit are:

  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta which dates back to the 9th century but was rebuilt in 1114. It has bronze doors with bas-reliefs which are an excellent example of Romanesque art.
  • Rocca dei Rettori, the castle of Benevento, stands at the highest point of the city.
  • The Arch of Trajan which is part of the original walls of the city and was once the main entrance into it. The reliefs on its surface depict the civil and military accomplishments of the Emperor Trajan.
  • Sant'Ilario is located very near to the Arch of Trajan. This is a very old, small building which dates back to the 6th century.
  • The Palazzo di Paolo V which dates back to the 16th century.
  • The Gothic church of San Francesco alla Dogana.
  • The Baroque churches of Annunziata, San Bartolomeo and San Filippo.

Fragneto - Photo: Giancarlo di Tocco
Fragneto Monforte
Only 10km from Benevento this green, mountainous town has a rich history which date back to 500 BC. Due to its strategic position it was once an important centre for the Romans, Goths, Byantians, Muslims, and Lombards. The town has a palace, the Palazzo Ducale which has been sympathetically restored and refurbished. It is possible to hire it as a location for weddings, parties and conferences. There are several pretty churches, including the church of Saints Nicola and Rocco and the Santa Croce Church. There is a Bell Tower, not attached to any church, which is situated in the main square. The symbol of the village is a 16th century Tiglio (Linden) tree which is also in the main square. Every October a large and popular Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in Fragneto Monforte and is well attended by both Italian and foreign crews.

Montesarchio
Although once an important city situated on the road between Benevento and Capua, Montesarchio does not have a very high historical status and nor is there much accurate information.

    The main sites of the town are:

  • The D'Avalos Castle which was later turned into a prison by the Bourbon kings of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
  • The Abbey of St. Nicholas and the Church of St. Francis.
  • There is also a very old marble fountain in the main square of the town.
Pietraroja
Originally a Samnite settlement this mountain village has a rich history and makes an interesting excursion. On hot summer days it is a good place to visit as, due to its altitude, the air is always fresh and the gentle breeze is revitalising. There is an excellent geo-paleontological park with an attached musuem with some interesting and important fossils.


Chiesa dell'Annunciata, Sanframondi - Photo: Adam91
Guardia Sanframondi
The major part of this old historical town is only accessible on foot along narrow streets which are interconnected by many sets of steps. It is now sparsely populated as many of the residents prefer an easier life in modern apartment blocks with every day facilities close by. Recently people from larger cities such as Naples have started buying some of the properties to use as holiday homes. The village is completely dominated by a solid, medieval castle and on the fertile land just below the village is one of the biggest Cooperative vineyards in Europe. The well known Guardiolo and Sannio wines are produced here. Every seven years Guardia Sanframondi holds a penitential rite (riti settennali di penitenza) in the honor of the discovery of a statue of the Madonna and child which was found in a field many centuries ago. The town is split into four and each quarter organises parades depicting both the old and new testaments as well as the lives of the saints. The processions also include flagellation where the participants beat their backs with a cane.

Pontelandolfo
This is another pretty mountain willage with a couple of interesting religious buildings and a 12th century medieval tower.

San Marco dei Cavoti
The town of San Marco dei Cavoti is famous in Italy for its production of Torrone which is a nougat type sweet traditionally eaten at Christmas.


Sant'Agata de'Goti - Photo: Kris de Curtis
Sant'Agata de' Goti
Sant'Agata de' Goti is a pretty place to visit and has the following interesting sites to see while you are there:
  • The castle, which was used as a Ducal Palace.
  • The 10th century Cathedral which has been recontructed many times.
  • The 10th century church of Santa Menna and the 13th century churches of St. Francis and Annunziata, the latter of which has a gothic exterior and houses some 15th century frescoes.
Solopaca
A small village which is internationally famous for its production of Solopaca red and white wine.

Telese Terme
Well known for its healing, sulpher springs, Telese Terme was once an ancient Samnite town which was captured by Hannibal in 217 BC.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 13,595 km²
      Population: 5.8m
      Density: 426/km²
      Capital: Naples

      National Parks:
      The Cilento National Park
      The Vesuvio National Park
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    • Benevento

      • Airola
        Amorosi
        Apice
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        Arpaia
        Arpaise
        Baselice
        Benevento
        Bonea
        Bucciano
        Buonalbergo
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        Cautano
        Ceppaloni
        Cerreto Sannita
        Circello
        Colle Sannita
        Cusano Mutri
        Dugenta
        Durazzano
        Faicchio
        Foglianise
        Foiano di Val Fortore
        Forchia
        Fragneto L’Abate
        Fragneto Monforte
        Frasso Telesino
        Ginestra degli Schiavoni
        Guardia Sanframondi
        Limatola
        Melizzano
        Moiano
        Molinara
        Montefalcone di Val Fortore
        Montesarchio
        Morcone
        Paduli
        Pago Veiano
        Pannarano
        Paolisi
        Paupisi
        Pesco Sannita
        Pietraroja
        Pietrelcina
        Ponte
        Pontelandolfo
        Puglianello
        Reino
        San Bartolomeo in Galdo
        San Giorgio del Sannio
        San Giorgio La Molara
        San Leucio del Sannio
        San Lorenzello
        San Lorenzo Maggiore
        San Lupo
        San Marco dei Cavoti
        San Martino Sannita
        San Nazzaro
        San Nicola Manfredi
        San Salvatore Telesino
        Santa Croce del Sannio
        Sant’Agata De’ Goti
        Sant’Angelo a Cupolo
        Sant’Arcangelo Trimonte
        Sassinoro
        Solopaca
        Telese Terme
        Tocco Caudio
        Torrecuso
        Vitulano
    • Caserta

      • Ailano
        Alife
        Alvignano
        Arienzo
        Aversa
        Baia e Latina
        Bellona
        Caianello
        Caiazzo
        Calvi Risorta
        Camigliano
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        Santa Maria a Vico
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        Santa Maria La Fossa
        Sant’Angelo d’Alife
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        Trentola-Ducenta
        Vairano Patenora
        Valle Agricola
        Valle di Maddaloni
        Villa di Briano
        Villa Literno
        Vitulazio
    • Napoli

      • Acerra
        Afragola
        Agerola
        Anacapri
        Arzano
        Bacoli
        Barano d’Ischia
        Boscoreale
        Boscotrecase
        Brusciano
        Caivano
        Calvizzano
        Camposano
        Capri
        Carbonara di Nola
        Cardito
        Casalnuovo di Napoli
        Casamarciano
        Casamicciola Terme
        Casandrino
        Casavatore
        Casola di Napoli
        Casoria
        Castellammare di Stabia
        Castello di Cisterna
        Cercola
        Cicciano
        Cimitile
        Comiziano
        Crispano
        Ercolano
        Forio
        Frattamaggiore
        Frattaminore
        Giugliano in Campania
        Gragnano
        Grumo Nevano
        Ischia
        Lacco Ameno
        Lettere
        Liveri
        Marano di Napoli
        Mariglianella
        Marigliano
        Massa di Somma
        Massa Lubrense
        Melito di Napoli
        Meta
        Monte di Procida
        Mugnano di Napoli
        Napoli
        Nola
        Ottaviano
        Palma Campania
        Piano di Sorrento
        Pimonte
        Poggiomarino
        Pollena Trocchia
        Pomigliano d’Arco
        Pompei
        Portici
        Pozzuoli
        Procida
        Qualiano
        Quarto
        Roccarainola
        San Gennaro Vesuviano
        San Giorgio a Cremano
        San Giuseppe Vesuviano
        San Paolo Bel Sito
        San Sebastiano al Vesuvio
        San Vitaliano
        Santa Maria la Carità
        Sant’Agnello
        Sant’Anastasia
        Sant’Antimo
        Sant’Antonio Abate
        Saviano
        Scisciano
        Serrara Fontana
        Somma Vesuviana
        Sorrento
        Striano
        Terzigno
        Torre Annunziata
        Torre del Greco
        Trecase
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        Vico Equense
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        Visciano
        Volla
    • Salerno

      • Acerno
        Agropoli
        Albanella
        Alfano
        Altavilla Silentina
        Amalfi
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        Aquara
        Ascea
        Atena Lucana
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        Camerota
        Campagna
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        Casalbuono
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        Castelnuovo Cilento
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        Castiglione del Genovesi
        Cava de’ Tirreni
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        Conca dei Marini
        Controne
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        Corbara
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        Eboli
        Felitto
        Fisciano
        Furore
        Futani
        Giffoni Sei Casali
        Giffoni Valle Piana
        Gioi
        Giungano
        Ispani
        Laureana Cilento
        Laurino
        Laurito
        Laviano
        Lustra
        Magliano Vetere
        Maiori
        Mercato San Severino
        Minori
        Moio della Civitella
        Montano Antilia
        Monte San Giacomo
        Montecorice
        Montecorvino Pugliano
        Montecorvino Rovella
        Monteforte Cilento
        Montesano sulla Marcellana
        Morigerati
        Nocera Inferiore
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        Novi Velia
        Ogliastro Cilento
        Olevano sul Tusciano
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        San Gregorio Magno
        San Mango Piemonte
        San Marzano sul Sarno
        San Mauro Cilento
        San Mauro La Bruca
        San Pietro al Tanagro
        San Rufo
        San Valentino Torio
        Santa Marina
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        Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino
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Campania Climate (Naples)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
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Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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