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Benevento, in the beating the heart of the Campania region

By Tuesday, 30 January 2024 09:00

Benevento, situated more than sixty kilometers away from Naples in the heart of the Campania region, has thrived for many millennia. 

The best access is to Benevento with high-speed trains

Interestingly, in contemporary times, Benevento is more easily accessible from various Italian regions by taking high-speed trains rather than planes or motorways. Exploring the intricate tapestry of material complexity that encompasses its alleyways, courtyards, stairways, arches, tombstones, Roman memorial stones, and Baroque buildings, one could begin the journey by visiting the Sannio Museum. This museum chronicles the historical events of the region, but we suggest it is more illuminating to immerse oneself first in the city and then explore its museum.

The Caffè Strega is the city’s most famous bar

Corso Garibaldi is a sizable and well-frequented urban thoroughfare. Known for its shops, the Church of Santa Sofia  is positioned in the middle, the Rocca dei Rettori fortress at one end, and the Arco of Traiano arch on a short side street. Also worth stopping for is the Caffè Strega bar. This establishment, adorned with designer posters featuring scantily clad ladies (perhaps witches?), is the ideal setting for chilling or even studying, given Benevento's significance as a university town. The café is also notable for its selection of bottles of Strega, which is the city's symbolic liqueur.

A visit that will leave lasting memories

But there is still more to explore, such as the Duomo itself and the city is steeped in legend, including one that attributes its founding to Diomedes, a wandering Greek veteran of the Trojan War. A city well worth a visit and sure to leave lasting memories.

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