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 breath of fresh air. A place to forget about the city for good and enjoy natural landscapes, traditional cuisine and the peace of a countryside. Off-the-beaten-path, despite the presence of one of the most known abbeys in the world, Montecassino. In 529, Saint Benedict and his followers from Subiaco, chose this mountain to build a monastery that would host him and his monks. Along the centuries, the Abbey has met with magnificence and destructive times , particularly during WWII, when it was bombed in 1944. But reconstruction has brought it back to its ancient perspective 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 also preserved.