Bordering the National Park of Abruzzi, this area is probably one of the most authentic and non-touristy you can still find in Central Italy on the way south from Rome to Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast.
A place to breath off, to forget about the city for good and enjoy natural landscapes, traditional cuisine and the peace of a countryside, really off-the-beaten-paths, despite the presence of one of the most known Abbeys in the world, Montecassino. In 529 Saint Benedict chose this mountain to build a monastery that would host him and the monks following him from Subiaco. Along the centuries the Abbey has met magnificence and destruction many times until the very recent events of WWII, when a bombing in 1944 almost flatted it. But reconstruction brought it back to the ancient aspect and visitors can still enjoy the cloister, the crypt and the Basilica where both St. Benedict and his sister Scolastica rest. In the museum paintings, manuscripts and ancient books are preserved.