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Romantic or adventurous trips, honeymoons or leisure holidays. If you are looking for some new inspiration for a couple’s trip to Italy, you are in the right place. From cities of art, to Mediterranean beaches. Chalets in the mountains snuggling by the fire, sipping bubbly in Langhe with views of the vineyards. From the fashionable resorts to easy going buen retiro, Italy offers many exciting tourist destinations for traveling as a duo. Pure happiness.

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Art & Culture

Riardo

The Riardo castle and bubbling springs As one of the most enchanting villages in Alto Casertano and an important stop along the Southern Via Francigena, Riardo is a small mountain town on the northern slope of Monti Trebulani, dominated by an imposing Longobard castle. Inextricably connected to the town’s destiny since ancient times, the water alone would justify a visit here: in fact, Riardo was already known in Roman times for its naturally effervescent waters, mentioned and appreciated by Vitruvius and Pliny the Elder. From the manor window Standing on the hill overlooking the Savone plain and the stream springing from the extinct volcano of Roccamonfina, the Riardo Castle is the town’s main attraction and its extraordinary vantage point. A stone dated 1122 was found near the entrance during past renovations, but the castle's origins stretch even farther into the past, more likely the 9th century when the Castaldei dynasty of Lombard origin decided to build one of the many defensive fortresses of the County of Capua in these areas. The building was enlarged two centuries later, in the Norman era. The most striking architectural aspect and the castle's highlight is the huge arched window that allows to admire the breathtaking view of the plain below that stretches as far as the sea: don’t miss it. Another interesting detail is the main tower with its hollow walls and the stairs to the keep inside. A footbridge crosses the gardens on the northern side offering a view, even beyond the town walls, of an equally spectacular panorama. Once upon a time there were three people from Rieti A fun historical anecdote the locals have proudly passed on from generation to generation is set precisely in the Riardo castle. It is said to have happened in 1463, in the days when King Ferrante of Aragon besieged Riardo and its castle because its young feudal lord, the Baron Antonio Cristoforo Gaetani, had sided with the Angevins against his accession to the throne of the Kingdom of Naples. The Riardo men fiercely defended themselves, but surrendered after a few days. That is, all except three of them who barricaded themselves in the castle and continued to hurl boulders, decimating the royal troops. The story has it that in order to save time and human losses, the King sought an agreement with the indomitable resistance by promising them salvation and a large sum of money in exchange for surrender. Not trusting him, the three rebels who had single-handedly held an entire army in check also mocked the king, deftly taking the money and disappearing through a secret passage. Between monuments and sacred places The historical buildings in Riardo worth visiting include Santa Maria a Salice, the town's mother church that houses the Neapolitan-school statue of Madonna della Stella and the wooden statue of Sant'Antonio Abate donated by Duchess Elena Aldobrandini to the people of Riardo during the plague of 1656. The remains of a valuable series of 14th-century frescoes can be admired under the Gothic-Romanesque arches of the church now dedicated to San Leonardo, with its Catalan Gothic portal. Another important religious site to visit in Riardo is the Madonna della Stella Sanctuary, which was built in 1952-1962 to extend the ancient chapel dating back to the second half of the first millennium A.D., which still houses medieval frescoes of the Campania school. The springs of liquid treasure “Sunt nonnullae acidae venae fontium”: this is what Vitruvius wrote here over 2,000 years ago, meaning some slightly acidic water springs can be found here. He was alluding to the fact that Riardo's greatest wealth lies in its aquifers, in which the naturally effervescent waters flow that are still bottled in the Ferrarelle factory today. The naturally sparkling quality that has made it so popular is due to the fact that it springs from the volcanic rocks of Roccamonfina, from its now dormant crater. This natural and scenic combination is so special that the Parco delle sorgenti Ferrarelle from which these waters flow has been a FAI Heritage Site since 2011: 135 hectares of unspoilt greenery still hardly touched by mass tourism, which can be visited thanks to an area enhancement project that has planted historical crops, thousands of trees and has restored an ancient farmhouse. Pick the first apple And if you still need a reason to visit Riardo, its countryside is part of the production area of the Annurca Campana IGP apple, also known as the “queen of apples”, one of the best-known and most appreciated varieties, a gem among the local food and wine delicacies. Their production is particular in that they are ripened on the ground in so-called “melai”: highly nutritious and rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, they are ideal for children and the elderly. To find out more https://mediovolturno.guideslow.it/localita/riardo/
Relax & Wellness

Terme di Telese

The thermal baths of Telese and the miracle of effervescent water There is no better place to schedule a stop than in Telese Terme to discover first-hand what wellness means. In the centre of the Telesina Valley (BN), on the right bank of the Calore River, the ancient village, once called Telesia, is an important stop on the Southern Via Francigena. Those who stop here will find a bell tower with a history stretching back thousands of years and thermal spas with redeeming powers. At the foot of Mount Pugliano, at whose slops the sulphurous mineral water springs feeding its thermal establishments flow, Telese Terme will amaze you with tailor-made pampering. The bell tower, the only one to have escaped the earthquake The tour of antiquities here in Telese is quickly over: one of the few remaining monuments of medieval Telesia, completely razed to the ground by the earthquake of 1349, is the bell tower, in Vescovado: it rests on a rectangular base, 17-metres high, among the rarest and most valuable Romanesque-Norman buildings in Campania. Built with materials from Roman Telesia, it is decorated with brickwork motifs and the opus reticulatum technique and all that remains of the ancient Cathedral of the Holy Cross, erected in the 10th century, later rebuilt under the name of Holy Mary of the Trinity. Thermal waters, a treasure from the depths The first reports of Telese’s sulphurous waters date back to the time of the violent 1349 earthquake, which devastated the Telese countryside, razing the town to the ground. The frequent and intense tremors, which lasted a long time, not only caused the springs to surface, but also caused episodes of sinking, disrupted the soil, giving rise to ponds, swamps, like the famous Lake Telese, and carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide exhalations that made the air unbreathable for a long time. However, the first studies on their therapeutic virtues date back to 1734, with the publication of De acidulis telesinis dissertatio, essay by Tommaso Bruni. Today's establishment of the Telese Spa Park, which still uses those waters for spa treatments, owes its fortune to the far-sighted intuition of the Minieri family, who, in the late 19th century, succeeded in obtaining a contract and giving life to what was then called the Great Bathing Establishments of Telese, whose departments are still immersed in a large park of centuries-old trees where you can stroll among the spring basins, pools and many recreational facilities. La belle époque of the ancient Jacobelli Spa For a picture of what the facilities must have been like then, visit the ancient Jacobelli Thermal Baths, at the junction of Castelvenere, Solopaca and Telese, which were transformed into a nature park in 2008 after extensive renovation. Founded by knight Achille Jacobelli of San Lupo and inaugurated in 1867, the Jacobelli Baths were, according to records and what remains of the bathing cabins, swimming pools and bouvette, a charming place, surrounded by greenery, with a beautiful portico to rest and two fountains for bathers. Hiking at the water's edge Still on the subject of water, and still between Telese and Solopaca, you will also find the small Telese Lake, not far from the banks of the Calore river. An enchanting body of water, some twenty metres deep, whose origins are to be found in the seismic nature of the soil and rocks on which the town stands. Used for recreational fishing, along its equipped banks, a scenic road more than a kilometre long winds its way through dense vegetation, passing restaurants, hotels and a swimming pool, offering, especially in summer, recreation and coolness. Would you like to continue your immersion in the landscape? Add to your destinations an excursion to the Grassano park, just a few kilometres from Telese, one of the most beautiful natural oases in Campania, equipped for a family outing in the open air and crossed, among linden, willow and poplar trees, by the Grassano torrent, in whose turquoise waters ducks, geese and otters swim. Mount Pugliano, between megalithic walls and dolines Behind the spa complex, Mount Pugliano watches over the city from above. Its name derives from the Latin road that connected Rome to Apulia. Along the itineraries that cross its approximately 54 hectares, you will see the remains of residential structures dating back to the Palaeolithic period and ruins of Samnite megalithic walls, but the most characteristic feature of its landscape is the presence of dolines, hollows or karstic cavities produced by the erosion of the limestone, some of which can be visited, unique in their form along the entire southern Apennine massif. Party time! Epicentre of entertainment, especially on summer evenings, Via Minieri, the heart of the spa town, is where the Telesine “struscio” can be enjoyed at every corner. It is here that most commercial activities are concentrated: boutiques, pubs, restaurants, wine bars. If you are looking for shows, live music and entertainment: this is where the party is!
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