How to visit Sant’Agata Dei Goti? A few days ago I was in this beautiful old town, inserted in 2012 among the most beautiful villages of Italy, where it ranks in 7th place. In fact, it was fascinated by it, therefore, I decided to dedicate a post to explain what to see in Sant’Agata Dei Goti (Benevento, Italy), what to do in Sant’Agata Dei Goti and especially what are the main festivals and major events in Sant’Agata Dei Goti.
Let’s begin with a brief description of this small, but charming, village. Sant’Agata Dei Goti is a village in the province of Benevento, Campania, Italy, with about 11000 inhabitants. It has a very ancient history dating back to the Samnites, about 400 BC. It lived stages of development and decline. The village was inhabited by Samnites, Romans, Huns, Normans, Goths; However, but nowdays most of the monuments visible are mainly Norman or French, in fact, the village belonged to the De Goth family from which probably it takes its name.
Visit Sant’Agata Dei Goti, here is my experience
A little excursion started by chance, unpretentious. Instead, visiting Sant’Agata Dei Goti was really interesting experience.
My visit started in the car, while I was driving on the highway, I found myself in front of, in all its majesty, the ancient Carolino Aqueduct. The Carolino Aqueduct is a true masterpiece of engineering and style, and is protected by UNESCO. The aqueduct was built thanks to the genius of Luigi Vanvitelli and the construction work began at the beginning of 1700. A few kilometers after the usual photos, I reached my B&B in a district adjacent to the village and got ready with my partner for a short walk in the old town center.
I must say that the many photos that you see around do not make the slightest idea of the scenic beauty of the village of Sant’Agata Dei Goti. From the bridge that leads to the old town you can see clearly how this small town is perched on a tuff promontory, merging with it. The center is small, you can see it in about an hour. But for more detailed information read on.
What to see in Sant’Agata Dei Goti
The things to see in Sant’Agata Dei Goti are not many, but they are really interesting. Obviously, I recommend a nice picture, selfie or less, from the bridge that takes you to the old town and where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.. Indeed, I suggest you enjoy this view by day and by night.
Among the main things to see in Sant’Agata Dei Goti there are the Ducal Castle, built by the Lombards and then modified and enlarged by the Normans in the eleventh century, the Assumption Cathedral.
Of course, I suggest you also visit the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of S. Menna and the Church of San Francesco. But the real show will be walking along the streets of the village, through the alleyways and gardens. Trieste Square, Roma Street, the War Memorial by Pasquale Cioffi, Ludovico Viscardi Square. In short, as anticipated the things to see in Sant’Agata Dei Goti are not many, the monument is the entire village with its history and its characteristics. Nevertheless I guarantee that the visit and the views are truly unique and spectacular, and they will not leave you disappointed of kilometers traveled by car to reach the village.
What to do in Sant’Agata Dei Goti
One of the first questions that I asked myself while I was in the car it was this. What will never things to do in Sant’Agata Dei Goti? Well, first of all a walk through the village, but I had already written it. The inns and taverns of the village are a real show, all in medieval style, and they serve a really great meat-based cuisine. I personally have tried a tavern adjacent to the public parking lot which served a good barbecued meat. Of course, among the things to do in Sant’Agata Dei Goti I will also recommend some short shift to Public Baths of Telese or to the Grassano Park with free barbecue.
The village is very small, in the historic centre the things to do are quite limited but the adjacent districts allow the visit to farms, walks, swimming in rivers flowing nearby. So far I have not mentioned the main thing to do in Sant’Agata Dei Goti: participate in events and festivals of the village. These are the real attraction of the village in addition to its scenic beauty.
Festivals and events in Sant’Agata Dei Goti
Just do a search on Google, by typing “events Sant’Agata Dei Goti”, to see that the small and ancient village has a full calendar of events and festivals.
Of course, the main event in Sant’Agata Dei Goti is the Flower Festival of Corpus Domini, in which event with flower petals collected by the faithful, the “infioratori” realize multicolored designs along city streets and squares.
Among the major festivals in Sant’Agata Dei Goti are: the Barbecue Festival (June) and Festival of Gnocchi and Cavatielli (August) and many others.
While among the main events in Sant’Agata Dei Goti are: Domeniche Naturalmente (May), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June), National Days of Free Hugs (July and August) and many others.
How to get to Sant’Agata Dei Goti
Visiting the small borgo is quite simple both from Rome and Naples, the reference output of the A1 motorway is Caserta Sud. My advice is to use a good browser because the signage is not the most efficient. From Naples, it takes about an hour, while from Rome the time required is approximately two and a half hours.
The traffic is virtually non-existent and the lighting is poor. So, it is advisable to do a car check and, possibly, moving by day.
Good trip and enjoy the borgo of Sant’Agata de Goti Benevento.