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Palazzo Belmonte offers unique activities and experiences, both within the Palazzo and nearby, to give its guests a truly unforgettable vacation. These include excursions, tastings, nature tours and cultural activities. You can indulge and choose the experience that suits you best. We ask that you notify us as soon as possible of your interest in one or more activities.
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Archaeological and cultural itineraries

pompeii, OPLONTIS AND HERCULANUS

Pompeii, buried under ashes during a volcanic explosion in 79 A.D., offers an exceptional record of life during the Empire. The site, surrounded by beautiful scenery, is vast and offers many attractions to visit. Among the most important remains are the Forum, the vital centre of the city, with the majestic Basilica and the Temple of Apollo overlooking the view of Vesuvius. You can also explore the Stabian Baths, the prestigious House of the Vettii, and the Villa of the Mysteries, framed by magnificent frescoes and located just outside the walls.

Oplontis, in Torre Annunziata, is just 15 minutes from Pompeii. This magnificent villa, partially excavated recently, is in an extraordinary state of preservation and contains exceptionally beautiful frescoes, considered among the best examples of Roman art.

Herculaneum. According to tradition, this Roman city is believed to have been founded by Hercules. However, its history ended with its tragic burial under a layer of mud due to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. In addition to the baths, which have been remarkably preserved, and the theatre, excavations have revealed a complete series of sumptuous villas belonging to patricians, some of them incredibly well preserved, adorned with majestic columns, frescoes and splendid mosaics. Most of the artifacts discovered during the excavations are now on display at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

AMALFI AND RAVELLO

Amalfi, nestled between mountains and the  sea, is a picturesque coastal resort famous for its breath-taking beauty and rich historical and cultural heritage. Its cathedral was founded in the 9th century and to this day still retains its original bell tower. At the entrance are two doors of great importance, and inside are two amboes dating back to the 12th century. The impressive atrium leads to the Cloister of Paradise, one of the jewels of Norman/Arab architecture.

Another beautiful location, only 20 minutes from Amalfi, is Ravello. Highlights include the Cathedral, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone.

capri

During the summer months of July and August, you can visit Capri by hydrofoil from San Marco di Castellabate in just over two hours. In the remaining months, it is possible to reach the island by boat or ferry from Salerno, taking about 2 hours. Among the must-see attractions are: Villa Jovis, the Charterhouse of St. James and the Gardens of Augustus. To enjoy spectacular terraced views and gardens, you can ascend Mount Salerno via a chairlift. A breath-taking view of the island and the Bay of Naples awaits you from the top.
You can reach the picturesque Blue Grotto by a short boat ride of only 15 minutes from Capri’s Marina Grande harbour.

A full day in Naples includes: a visit at one of the above-mentioned museums in the morning and a tour of fascinating ancient Naples in the afternoon.

naples

Only two hours away from Castellabate, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of Naples and visit extraordinary attractions such as: the Veiled Christ (in the Baroque Sansevero Chapel) Santa Chiara and the Royal Palace. The National Museum, also known as the Archaeological Museum, which holds a valuable collection of Greek and Roman sculptures belonging to the Farnese family, along with artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is considered one of the most important museums in the world for Greco-Roman antiquities. Another beautiful museum is The National Gallery of the Reggia di Capodimonte, which houses one of the most significant collections of ancient paintings in Italy, if not in Europe.

Caserta, capua and
SANT'ANGELO IN FORMIS

Your itinerary absolutely cannot miss a visit to the magnificent Royal Palace of Caserta. The Royal Palace, considered one of the most important in Italy, was designed in 1752 by Vanvitelli for the Bourbon ruler Charles III. The majestic building is characterized by its impeccable proportions and the four elegant inner courtyards that surround it. Nearby you can also explore Caserta Vecchia, a charming medieval village. Here, the 17th-century Cathedral stands as a fascinating piece of architecture that combines Romanesque and Norman-Arab elements.

Thirty minutes from Caserta it is possible to visit the Ruins of Capua, the Roman amphitheater that is a smaller version of the famous Colosseum in Rome. The Provincial Museum, located nearby, holds a valuable archaeological collection inherited from ancient pre-Roman Capua. In addition to this, the museum boasts a remarkable library and a fascinating Picture Gallery that houses paintings dating back to the 15th-18th centuries.

To end the itinerary, you cannot miss the Benedictine basilica of Sant’Angelo in Formis built in the 11th century by Abbot Desiderius of Montecassino. This place represents one of the most precious treasures of southern Italy, its importance emphasized by the Byzantine-style frescoes that embellish the walls. The interior features imposing marble columns and ancient capitals adding to the charm of this sacred place.

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