Travelling to the Campania region of Italy isn’t just about visiting Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii etc.  Yes those places are beautiful and truly worth the visit if you are in the area.  But there are places in the Campania region that are just as beautiful, quite, unique and give you the sense of being in Italy not just a local tourist attraction area.

One such place is Faicchio.  Faicchio is a small, rural village approximately one hour from the centre of Naples.  It is a quaint little village which is typically Italian.  It has a modern part but the old part of Faicchio is lovely to see.  Small narrow pathways which can actually get cars up them.  It never ceases to amaze.  Cobbled roadways and authentic Italian shops where people only speak Italian. A medieval castle and famous medieval festival every September visited by many Italian people from as far as Rome.
Faicchio has many restaurants and bars.  Il Sauro, a new restaurant is set in beautiful surroundings.  It overlooks the mountain, village and San Pasquale monastery.  It is situated in vineyards and is surrounded by fields.  Outside there are table and chairs to enjoy the warm evenings.  Inside is beautifully decorated.  They serve typically Italian food of the area like, pizza cooked in a wood oven, pasta, mozzarella, home-grown olives.  Wine is homemade and about 2 euros a bottle.  It is easy to visit the restaurant and have a three course meal for two with wine and water and only pay 40 euros.  Very cheap but excellent quality.

Bars are plenty and Linda’s Bar has some stunning views of the mountains.  Sitting out under the shade gives a cool breeze especially cooling in the hot summer months.  Il Piccolo Mondo is where all the action is.  Lots of gossip and lovely coffee.  You can also buy a newspaper and magazine.

However what Faicchio is truly wonderful for is the fact that no tourists visit there.  It is completely Italian and very near to a local Spa town.  Its twenty minutes from Caserta where you can see the Royal Palace and forty minutes from Monte Cassino.  Faicchio is a relaxing place to unwind, see what Italy is all about and visit some beautiful areas of Southern Italy that are unexplored.  That is quite difficult in this day.  When you are in Italy put it on your agenda. Come and visit.

So why are we talking about Faicchio well apart from the above and the medieval castle we have a villa in the area. It is called Casa Sofia. It is a one bedroom private, secluded villa which sits in its own private grounds of about an acre of wood. It offers peace, tranquillity, excellent local produce and a chance to experience the real Italy with little or no tourists.

The villa  has been fully upgraded to include new electrics, plumbing, free wifi, new kitchen equipment and utensils. Outside the villa is a large area for relaxation and dining. There is a newly restored Italian fountain under the oak trees which allows you to enjoy the garden and fruit orchard views. Rattan furniture completes the relaxation and dining experience with table and chairs for eating and sofa and coffee table for enjoying the views. The garden contains olive, lemon, orange, fig and cherry trees.  Also available in the grounds is wild asparagus, rocket and greens. You can also enjoy the views of mountains, Convento San Pasquale and stunning sunsets.

Inside the villa the kitchen is modern, fully equipped, has marble worktops, a dishwasher, washing machine and large gas/hob oven for those that love to cook. The bathroom features a wonderful walk in spacious shower and large bath. There is plenty of storage room in the bathroom for all those toiletries with a large cabinet and mirror. Toilet paper, hair dryer and hand soap is always in the villa for each guest. The lounge contains tv, books, dvds, cds, and stereo. Under the book case is a games cupboard containing puzzles, cards, dominos and various games to enjoy. The bedroom has a delightful view of the woods, garden and fruit orchard. A double bed, large wardrobe and chest of drawers completes the large and light bedroom.

We offer short and long term rentals. Seven night stays start from £315 and go up to £550 in high season. Long term rentals are during the months of November to March and start from £600 per month which includes electricity and water. Wood is an additional cost of £25 per week. For more information contact Louisa at 01245 357132 or email  You can also visit the rental website here to find out more about renting at

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  1. Agreed with the first person on staying in the Alps. The Dolomites in Italy that’s my favorite, it’s unearthly beautiful. And since its so far north, it almost doesn’t seem like Italy anymore, but Switzerland, or even Germany. And while at it, why not Switzerland? It has the best of both (three!) worlds, with national languages of German, Italian, and French Switzerland is one of my favorite countries in this world. And since it’s entirely in the middle of the Alps, you’ll be guaranteed some snow. Try Lake Geneva or Lake Como, or Bern I’ve never been to Bern, but hear amazing things about it, all younger people I know who go there, love it. And I believe it’s a German speaking town?

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