10 Things to Do in Benevento That You Shouldn't Miss

December 19, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Benevento [beneˈvɛnto]  listen (help·info) (Neapolitan: Beneviento) is a city and comune of Campania, Italy, capital of the province of Benevento, 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Naples. It is situated on a hill 130 metres (427 feet) above sea level at the confluence of the Calore Irpino (or Beneventano) and the Sabato. It is also the seat of a Roman Catholic archbishop. Around Benevento there is an urban area with 110,000 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Benevento

1. Arco di Traiano (114 d. C.)

Via Traiano, 82100, Benevento, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 657 reviews

Arco di Traiano (114 d. C.)

Reviewed By Suzannedlv - Nice, France

The arch was built just after the first century AD and is in remarkable condition. Every surface of the arch is carved/sculpted in great detail! Beautiful!

2. Chiesa di Santa Sofia

Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 82100, Benevento, Italy +39 0824 21206
Excellent
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4.5 based on 399 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Sofia

Reviewed By frances_anderson - Milan, Italy

I always visit Santa Sofia when I go to Benevento ... it oozes pure early Christian spirit. Indeed it was founded by Arechis II of Benevento, a Lombard, around 760 and has managed to conserve a strange purity of spirit (I don't know how else to describe it) inpite of the various restorations through the ages. A tiny jewel left by the northern Lombards in this southern fastness

3. Centro Storico di Benevento

Via Roma, 82100, Benevento, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 382 reviews

Centro Storico di Benevento

Reviewed By Hristijan G - Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Benevento is one of the oldest, ongoing towns in Italy and Europe. An important city in antiquity it flourished due to its fortunate position on the Appian way connecting it to Rome. It has been honoured by several emperors and was an important and independent principality in the middle ages, before succumbing to the authority of the Papal states and then Italy. So a place with such a rich history has some important things to offers for lovers of history.
The old town boats the best preserved triumphal arch (The Arch of Trajan) and houses important churches (Saint Sophia stans out) and monasteries. The walk around town will take you no more than an hour. You can also visit the Amphitheatre and the larger archaeological sites if that is of interest. Not a very long visit. The city is 50 minutes drive for Naples. Highly recommend it as a visit destination, en route to somewhere else.

4. Villa Comunale

Viale Degli Atlantici, 82100, Benevento, Italy +39 0824 772833
Excellent
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Villa Comunale

Reviewed By Jocat1944 - Bridgeport ct

Lovely walking paths-a pond with swans-playground for young children - wonderful old shade trees and beautiful vegetation-a gazebo that offers music in the summer months

5. Duomo

Piazza Orsini, 82100, Benevento, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Duomo

Reviewed By frances_anderson - Milan, Italy

The Cathedral, built in the 7th-8th century, was badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War and has been completely restructured. The facade still contains remnants of the original church and is worth a visit in itself; the interior is very modern and austere, which may be a disappointment given the exterior, but there is still the possibility of visiting the original crypt.

6. Hortus Conclusus Paladino

Vico Noce, 82100, Benevento, Italy
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Hortus Conclusus Paladino

Reviewed By note i - USA

Do not trust at all trip advisor's directions. I tried looking for this place a couple of time with by using the direction's option on the Trip Advisor's app, because, for some reason the site doesn't appear in google maps..and it took me nowhere. Plus it's not the first time.

7. Museo del Sannio e Chiostro di Santa Sofia

Piazza Santa Sofia, 82100, Benevento, Italy +39 0824 774763
Excellent
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Museo del Sannio e Chiostro di Santa Sofia

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

This museum is an important place for understanding a complex city like Benevento: the region of the ancient Samnites, a major city of Italy at Roman times, the capital city of a Lombard duchy in the Middle Ages (this quality earned her recent insertion into the UNESCO World Heritage "The Lombards in Italy - The places of power").
The exhibits of the museum are important and valuable, and presentation criteria are updated and nice; but I wasn’t really much impressed. My opinion is of course subjective and can not be shared by others; but if you compare this museum with the outstanding splendor of the Trajan’s Arch (and with the admirable didactic equipment about it, now present into the nearby “Sant’Ilario” church), or with the sublime simplicity of St. Sophia itself, or even with the exotic Egyptian section of the museum (which is in a separate location ), the comparison is to disadvantage of this museum.
The exception is the cloister of St. Sophia, which is accessed not from the nearby church but just from this museum: it is a historical relic of great beauty.

8. Teatro Romano

Piazza Ponzio Telesino, 82037, Benevento, Italy +39 0824 47213
Excellent
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4 based on 199 reviews

Teatro Romano

Reviewed By BobxxxxCindy - North Palm Beach, Florida

The Teatro is not a have to see However Benevento has generous public parking areas near downtown. You can see more than the Teatro. Benevento is a very pleasant town to walk around in. The Teatro is about 50% a ruin but is still in use. You can see it without a crowd which makes it more enjoyable than the popular amphitheaters .

9. Basilica della Madonna delle Grazie

Viale San Lorenzo 8, 82100, Benevento, Italy +39 0824 328223
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Basilica della Madonna delle Grazie

Reviewed By Jocat1944 - Bridgeport ct

The Duomo is a beautiful very large cathedral-It has a pair of bronze front doors that are quite beautiful.Worth a visit

10. Monumental Complex of St. Hilary in Golden Gate

Via San Pasquale 10, 82100, Benevento, Italy +39 328 583 0699
Excellent
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Monumental Complex of St. Hilary in Golden Gate

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

The church of Sant'Ilario isn't in itself an attraction of the highest importance, but it deserves a very positive judgment because inside it was set up a very effective and striking visual device for education, on the Triumphal Arch (called "Port'Aurea" in the Middle Ages) of the Roman Emperor Trajan; arch which is located a few meters away.
Firstly, the guardian, motivated and informed (unlike what often happens to the keepers of the monuments in Italy) tells you about the characters and the story of the discovery of this ancient church, of which the sources were talking, but that was hidden under the appearances of a peasant's house. Then a device is operated, which illustrates in one by one - by showing them through a motion picture - the reliefs of the Arch of Trajan: the voices of tales are in sequence the writer Pliny the Younger, Trajan's contemporary; Crito, Trajan's surgeon; the same emperor Trajan. After this visit - highly recommended - you'll know a lot more about Trajan, the ancient Romans, the route "Via Appia", the city of Benevento....
Last but not least: the video - we were informed - is available on request also in English.

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