Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis

Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis

Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis

Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis
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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL888 contributions
Wonderful Medieval Church With Amazing Frescoes
Sep 2019
This is an 11th century Romanesque church you definitely don’t want to miss. After a recent restoration, it’s in wonderful condition given its age. The colorful frescoes that cover the inside walls are truly outstanding. The church is supposed to open at 3pm. Luckily for us, we arrived the same afternoon that a wedding was scheduled to take place so we found the church open. The church is not hard to find at the top of the village. There’s plenty of car parking in front. Highly recommended.
Written 12 October 2019
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abertafol
Gwynedd, UK86 contributions
Annoyingly lackadaisical
Aug 2018 • Couples
We drove 100 Km specifically to see the site, which was supposed (according to website and sign on the gate) to open at 15.00. After 45 minutes in the boiling sun, we gave up. The organisation (or lack of it) is a disgrace.
Written 14 August 2018
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foliumnondefluet
Kalkan, Turkey146 contributions
Beautiful and quiet
Apr 2018 • Solo
Escape the crowds and enjoy a stunning early church with exquisite frescoes.
Wonderful views and a glorious mish mash of classical remnants salvaged from the original occupant of this site, the Temple of Diana.
Written 25 April 2018
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malb465
Jersey City, NJ31 contributions
An umissable visit for lovers of the medieval
Dec 2016 • Friends
A jaw-dropping example of the medieval. Interior almost completely frescoed in vivid colors. Don't miss the "saved' and the "damned" fresco on the western wall. Note the use of dark circles on human faces in the paintings to show complexion. Corinthian-style capitals on interior columns. "Norman-inspired" entrance portico. Check opening times, as the church was undergoing renovation earlier this year.
Written 11 November 2017
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Mark D
West Bloomfield, MI1 217 contributions
Beautiful basilica.
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful medical buildings in Campania. Fantastic frescoes painted a thousand years ago. Must visit.
Written 16 June 2017
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betsyflynn
Randolph, NJ21 contributions
Breathtaking
Oct 2014 • Couples
An out-of-the-way Basilica that was worth the trip for us, because it was right where my uncle almost died during a battle in WW II. We had a car, and I'm not sure you could get there without one. Beautiful views once you get there.
Written 17 October 2014
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Mark P
Marcianise, Italy17 contributions
Fantastic frescoes
May 2014 • Solo
A truly beautiful church with frescoes painted over a thousand years ago by the byzantine monks who built and worshipped at the church. A must see place if you love art or churches.
Written 21 May 2014
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy15 486 contributions
stunning
Apr 2014 • Family
this old tiny church is simply amazing. if you consider that it has been built 1000 years ago you can't believe it. there are many important frescos and the air you breathe when you are in is fantastic. definitely have to visit it if you are around here.. it should only be valorize more.
Written 20 April 2014
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Carmi_EU
Naples, Italy180 contributions
You must go here if you go to the Reggia of Caserta
Sep 2013 • Friends
Perhaps only in Campania you can find monuments with so many historical layers as the Basilica of Sant'Angelo in Formis, which is above all the ancient temple of Diana Tifatina, important shrine for the Italic peoples (the Romans before they conquered all the known world at the time, subjugated the peoples living in the peninsula). It is not possible to list the important things to see in this monument, from the floors of different types that preserve those of the temple together with the early Christians, the original columns of the temple, the frescoes that alone, as they are beautiful and ancient, are worth the visit. I suggest you seek guidance before you get here. The site is accessible for people with reduced mobility. In front of the basilica there is a breathtaking view (and can also be seen far away the island of Ischia), and around many rustic eateries. Do not make the mistake not going to this place if you come around here (if you are in Santa Maria Capua Vetere a passage here is a must).

Forse solo in Campania è possibile trovare monumenti con tante stratificazioni storiche come la basilica di Sant'Angelo in Formis, che è innanzitutto l'antico tempio di Diana Tifatina, luogo di culto dei popoli italici (i romani prima di conquistare tutto il mondo conosciuto all'epoca, soggiogarono i popoli presenti nella penisola). Non è possibile elencare le cose importanti da vedere in questo monumento, dai pavimenti di diverso tipo che preservano quelli del tempio con i paleocristiani, alle colonne originali del tempio, agli affreschi che da soli, per quanto sono belli ed antichi, valgono la visita. Suggerisco di cercare una guida prima di arrivare qui. Il sito è accessibile da persone con mobilità ridotta. Di fronte alla basilica c'è un panorama mozzafiato (si vede anche lontano, l'isola di Ischia), ed attorno tanti ristoranti rustici. Non fate l’errore di non passare per questo posto se capitate da queste parti (se siete a Santa Maria Capua Vetere un passaggio di qui è d’obbligo).
Written 8 September 2013
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Exploricon
New York City, NY42 contributions
Exquisite frescoes in a country church
Jun 2011 • Solo
Suffice to say, this church is an example of the rewards to be had for venturing off the beaten path in Italy. The church is famous for the frescoes that cover its interior. As I understand it, they were painted nearly 1,000 years ago by the monks from nearby Monte Cassino. The style is Byzantine, with beautiful striations of color and a geometric feel to the figures. The church is held in high regard by art historians for both its frescoes and its Romanesque architecture.

Interestingly, the church sits on top of the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Diana. A section of glass flooring installed during a renovation allows you to see into the early foundation.

The view from the church is also pretty, as it sits atop of the village. From there you can see the domes of Capua in the distance and the vast fields stretching out below.
If you are staying in Naples and want a manageable taste of “real” Italy, I would recommend setting out for a trip to the northern part of Campania. It has a lot to offer in the way of Italian country charm.

GETTING THERE:
An easy way to visit this area is with the little train that goes up to Piedimonte Matese. It starts in Naples and slowly makes its way up to Caserta, Capua, Sant Angelo and ultimately Piedimonte Matese. You can find the schedule on the trenitalia website: trenitalia.it.
You could start with the palace at Caserta, but that will eat your day if you do not start very early.

IF YOU DRIVE:
After Sant Angelo’s church, drive back into the countryside behind Sant Angelo, crossing over the Volturno River. The landscape of mountains and villages perched high is quintessentially Italian. You can also stop at one of the local cheese producers tucked into the landscape and pick up delicious local products.

PIZZA ALONG THE RIVER:
If you’re there during a warm season, visit Triflisco, a little town just across the Volturno from Sant Angelo. There you can stop and enjoy a pizza at one of the many restaurants perched along the river. It’s VERY Italian and you will not see another tourist (most likely). At night, it’s popular with locals.

This is a quiet place and one that will please if you’re stuck in Naples and hankering for a piece of small town, slow Italy.

WARNING FOR DRIVERS:
The traffic from Caserta back into this area can be insane. It’s close but it can take a half hour or more. Also they have their own way of driving on the main roads that will thoroughly shock most American drivers – mayhem. Get a GPS and take the superstrada that avoids the local shopping roads and you can get off in Capua and spare yourself the nightmare.

POSSIBLE ITINERARY:
If you’re driving…the amphitheater at Capua, the Mithraic temple at Capua, the church at Sant Angelo, a relaxing drive along the country roads stopping at local cheese makers, pizza in the evening at Triflisco and return.

CHEAP SLEEPS:
Next to the church is a kind of rectory with super cheap rooms for rent. I want to say like 25 euros. It is basic, bunk-beds etc, but it’s clean and safe. If you’re broke – not a bad option. It will be an experience. But people are friendly enough once get past their shocked, “why on earth are they staying here?” type stares.

NICER SLEEPS: You can also try the Tenuta San Domenico, which is a beautiful little hotel with amazing grounds. It’s popular for weddings, but it’s located in countryside just on the edge of town. You’ll see the sign. You get there by driving down a narrow road that cuts through a field. A nice little place and I heard the food was quite good. Around 160 euros a night if I recall. Rooms comfortable but pretty simple.
Written 15 February 2012
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