For those tourists who wish to spend their vacation seeking out the best food and drink, and have a good dose of entertainment and culture at the same time, a stay in this province offers an infinite number of possibilities.
One of them ost enticing artistic and gastronomic itineraries takes us along the Casilina roadtoward Capua in the direction of Naples, eventually reaching the splendid city of Caserta.
Leaving Lazio and taking the Casilina road, we come upon Mignano Montelungo. Here we can admire the castle, the Parish and the Sacrarium dedicated to people who died in the Battle of Monte Lungo in 1943. Olive groves dominate the landscape in this area and it is from these olives that an exceptional extra virgin olive oil is made. You can easily buy this oil in local markets as well as in Festival like the famous "Parata medievale col palio delle contrade-Medieval parade for the competition between districts," (from August 1stto 10th) immediately after the festival for " Sapori contadini dell'alto Casertano - Country flavours of theCaserta highlands" (July) in Teano and the " - Sagra dei formaggi - Cheese Festival " in San Pietro (the second ten-day period in August).
Back to State Highway 6, we come upon Vairano Patenora, in the Trebulani Mountains, between Casilina and the roadthat leads directly from the Sannio: the most notable feature of this charming medieval village is the Norman castle dating back to the 11th century.
A little further ahead we find Galluccio: a small town loaded with history, with a number of restaurants which serve the local typical country cuisine. Here it is mandatory to stop and taste the local wine which is named after the town it self and has earned the DOC appellation, along with Falerno del Massico.
Gallucciois also a town well known for producing the porcino mushroom and chestnuts, and along the way, there are a number of outlets that sell it together with other types of wine from the same grapevine. Here, the historically famous "Sagra dell'uva- Festival of the Grape" is held, as well as the "Festadella vendemmia- Grape Harvest Festival," in the last ten days of September. At all times of the year, it is possible to find taralli (crunchy bread rings), honey and pecorino (sheep's cheese) with "Pepenella" (local thyme) and the other typical products. Finally, throughout the area touched upon up until now, and specifically in Colle Lepre, there are a number of buffalo farms throughout the area which produce the legendary mozzarella cheese, the pride of the entire Campania Region.
Proceeding south again, we come across Roccamonfina with its volcano, the park, the evocative Gothic Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Lattani and the ancient hot springs.The town offers a view of the mainly hilly landscape, covered with grapevines and chestnut groves. In this area, in fact, chestnuts and wine go together by tradition and the local wine is not just any wine, but Roccamonfina, made from centuries-old grape vines.A unique occasion for tasting both products is the festival of the chestnut, "Sagra della castagna Primitiva di Roccamonfina" which is held every year in the first twenty days of October.
From here, going back onto the State highway 6 and then taking the State highway SS 608, with a small detour, it is possible to reach Teano, a splendid village dating back to pre-Roman times, also known for "Il paniere d'autunno -The Autumn Breadbasket", the famous festival of local typical products which is held during the last ten days of October. In this area, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts are produced in the hill areas, and the folk festival",Sagra della castagna di Conca dellaCampania", organized every year in the month of September, is testimonial to this production.
And finally, for olive oil lovers, it is easy to go from Teano to the borderingtown of Sessa Aurunca, with its antique Roman and medieval flavours. Here reign the olives trees from which is produced the olive oil Terre Aurunche DOP.
At this point, it is time to visit Caserta and see the Royal Palace of the Bourbons of Naples, surrounded by an immense park. Between the aqueduct-Acquedotto di Vanvitelli and the San Leucio complex, the visitor is left with the impression of having seen one of the most harmonious architectural creations of all time.
Returning to the State highway SS 6 to Aversa, we come across a number of places that sell Mozzarelladi bufala DOP, considered by many in Campaniato be the mozzarella of choice.par excellence. More generally, throughout the Caserta area, it ispossible to buy all sorts of appetizing local buffalo cheese products such as: bocconcini alla panna di bufala, burrini and burrata di bufala, Caciocavallino di San Gregorio Matese, cacio ricottaand "Conzato", "Caso perduto and Marzolino" and various types of pecorino (Laticauda, freshand aged, Salaprese etc.). One of themost notable meats is a type of pork, Suinodi Razza Casertana", pancettatesa", bacon, or la Polmonata, not to forget the other delicacies of Campania cuisine such as the pizza, the local breads, local acacia honey, chestnut honey, sunflower honey, and wildflower honey.
The onlything to do now is pack your bags and take off!