Benevento Travel Guide

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Benevento Things to Do

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    by mikey_e Written Sep 3, 2007

    The Arco di Traiano of Benevento is one of the best preserved and most ornate of all the Trajan archs in Italy. It was begun according to the wishes of the Senate and the Roman people in 114 CE and completed in 117 to commemorate the installation of the new via Traiana and the rule of the exalted princes. The architect was Apollodoro of Damascus. The side facing the city contains bas reliefs of peace while the side away from the city contains images of war. It was included in a Longobard wall around the city, at which time it became the Porta Aurea. The Arco has been restored numerous times, partly to counter the effects of time and partly to repair damage caused by earthquakes (southern Italy is an active seismic zone). Today it forms part of a fairly quiet and out of the way Piazza, in which it is possible to eat at an outdoor restaurant. A word from the wise: admire the Arco di Traiano on its own and eat somewhere else.

    Arco di Traiano
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    by mikey_e Written Sep 3, 2007

    It may seem odd to find an Egyptian obelisk in Benevento, considering the fact that this is really a very minor tourist centre and definitely off the radar when it comes to archeological museums. Nevertheless, this is neither an imported monument nor a knock off: it is one of the most important pieces of Egyptian religious sculpture manufactured in the West. Between 88 and 89 CE the Roman emperor Domitianus had a temple erected for the Egyptian god Isis in Benevento. The obelisk, which is of red granite, was originally in Piazza del Duomo but, since 1872, has been placed in Piazza Papiniano. It is inscribed with heiroglyphics on its four sides and Greek and Latin translations at the base. The inscriptions are primarily of laudatory remarks about Domitianus, but also contain praise for Caesar and the god Isis.
    In addition to this obelisk, a second, in chunks, was discovered along with various other objects in Egyptian and Greco-Roman Egyptian style (marbles, statues and sculptures). These other artefacts, discovered in 1903, are now in the Museo del Sannio.

    The Obelisk of the Temple of Isis
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    by mikey_e Written Sep 3, 2007

    The Rocca dei Rettori is the common name for the Castello of Benevento. Given the long history of the city, it is unsurprising that this site has an extensive past. It is located at the highest point in Benevento, from which it dominates the valleys formed by the rivers Sabato and Calore, as well as the via Appia and via Traiana. The Rocca wasn't always used as a defensive structure, although that is what it was built for by the Sannites. The Romans used it as a thermal bath and you can still see some of the Roman ruins in the gardens. In the Mediaeval times the Benedictines used it as a Monastery and it was during these Middle Ages that the Rocca got its name from the Rettori, the Papal guards. The large tower, or Torrione, was built by the Longobards in 871, while the Palace of the Governors was constructed by the popes from 1320 onward. Given the relative obscurity of Benevento on most tourists' maps, it is remarkably easy to tour the grounds and take pictures here without any form of disturbance from tour groups or obnoxious tourists (how we all like to think we don't fit into the latter grouping!).

    Statue of Julius Caesar in front of the Rocca
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Benevento Hotels

  • Hotel Antiche Terme

    Via Bagni (angolo via Posillipo), Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Villa Traiano Hotel Benevento

    Viale dei Rettori, 9, Benevento, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Bei Park Hotel

    SS 7 Appia Km 255.00, Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel De La Ville

    Via Piano Cappelle, Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Good for: Families

  • Grand Hotel Italiano

    Viale Principe di Napoli, 137, Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Albergo Della Corte

    Piazza Piano Di Corte, 11, Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Le Stanze del Sogno (Benevento)

    Piazza De Martini, 3, Benevento, 82100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Benevento Local Customs

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    by egicom05 Written May 3, 2006

    The legend goes back to the Longobard period from 6th to 11th century.The Longobardi used to celebrate in Wotban’s honor (it was the name of their god), around a walnut tree (that many people, today, think should be in the Sabato’s river valley), on the tree they hung a goat, hit it with arrows and ate toring pieces with mouth.
    To the local catholic people this custom seemed diabolical. And make them tell that the witches came in Benevento. The legend tell that the witches came from all over the surrounding areas, spread with a magic ointment that make them fly, and each one is accompanied by her own devil, a “Martiniello”. According to the legend, they met each other (they are about 2.000), they did orgies and made spells and then, all together go dancing around the walnut tree and singing the song (in local dialect): "Sott'a l'acqua e sott'o viento, sott'a noce e Beneviento" -“ Under the water under the wind under the Benevento’s walnut”. When the Longobardi people allied with the Barbato bishop, and converted to the Catholicism, the legendary walnut tree was cut down to celebrate the victory on the witches and devils.
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    a paint of the witches in Benevento

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