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Avella: what to see and where to eat

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Avella is immersed in the greenery of the Partenio Park, in the province of Avellino. IS' one of the most famous tourist resorts of Irpinia, known above all for the Roman Amphitheater, the Funerary Mausoleums and the Medieval Castle.

It is located in the heart of Campania a few kilometers away from Naples, Pompeii and Caserta. The hazelnut (in Latin nux avellana) takes its name from the ancient town that preserves the tradition of processing and transforming the fruit present in some typical dishes. Here is everything you need to know to visit this small but interesting city.



Index

  1. What to see in Avella
  2. What to see in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat: the best restaurants
  4. Plan your stay in Avella: info and useful tips
  5. User questions and comments

What to see in Avella

1 - Ancient Avella Amphitheater

The Roman amphitheater was built between the first century. BC and the first century. AD on the remains of Samnite dwellings. The amphitheater has a length of 60 m and a width of 35 m, with an elliptical shape and a double arch. Of the three orders of the auditorium today the first two lower and central ones are visible with some tuff seats. Today they are superimposed on the cavea stands capable of accommodating two thousand spectators on the occasion of musical events and re-enactments that are organized.

  • it can be reached on foot in about 10-15 minutes from the bus stop in Via Nazionale delle Puglie or from the EAV train station, along Via Ferrovia and across Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25), free for children under 18, tenured teachers in Italy, the first Sunday of each month, journalists.

2 - Medieval Castle

The Castle is located on the top of a hill at 320 m asl and was built by the Lombards in the th century. AD on the remains of the Temple of Hercules. The fortification consists of three distinct areas: the palatium Mastio where it rises to the south-east the large circular tower which often holds musical performances and re-enactments, the second and third areas are formed by two walls whose internal part can be visited through a path.



  • it can be easily reached on foot in about 30 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. From the Amphitheater it is about 25 minutes on foot. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25), free for children under 18, tenured teachers in Italy, the first Sunday of each month, journalists.

3 - Roman Tombs

The Funerary Mausoleums built around the II - IV century. Well preserved AD they belonged to local or free aristocratic families, small traders, contractors. They consist of two superimposed bodies, the lower one in a quadrangular shape, the upper one in the shape of a cylinder, most of the times surmounted by a sort of spire. As with other monuments, shows are also held in this archaeological area.

  • they can be reached on foot in about 30 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. From the Castle it is possible to walk in about 15 minutes. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25), free for children under 18, tenured teachers in Italy, the first Sunday of each month, journalists.

4 - Baronial Palace

The Baronial Palace built in the first half of the th century. it stands in the historic center near the major decumanus. It has hosted several families including the Alvarez de Toledo nobility. Of particular importance is the Livia Colonna garden created on a design by Vanvitelli, which houses a marble fountain representing the divinity of the Nile associated with the presence of the Clanio river.

In the past the palace housed the Archaeological Antiquarium of Avella a museum space where vases and ceramics were kept, ornamental objects in bronze and iron, weapons and metal skewers, Etruscan wine amphorae.



  • the Baronial Palace is located in Piazza Municipio and can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. It is a 10-minute walk from the Roman Tombs. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • the entrance to the building is free. To visit the museum: full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25), free for children under 18, tenured teachers in Italy, the first Sunday of each month, journalists.

5 - Franciscan Convent of SS Annunziata

The Convent of the Observant Friars Minor was built between 1580 and 1589. Inside the Church we find important figurative testimonies such as the "Imago Trinitas" and the "Martyrs Santa Caterina, Santa Lucia and Sant'Agata" from the 500s and the painting by Leonardo da Pistoia. Next to the church was built in the early 600s a beautiful Cloister which includes a colonnade probably recovered from the ancient Roman amphitheater.

  • it can be easily reached on foot in about 15 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. It is just 5 minutes from the Baronial Palace along a stretch of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • free entry

6 - Church of San Giovanni

It is one of the most important architectures of Irpinia and is linked to the name of Luigi Vanvitelli. To increase the relevance of this Church is the presence of paintings by great artists: the Christ the Redeemer with the symbols of the Passion (1581) by Decio Tramontano, several works by Nicola Malinconico including "The Madonna with the Child" and the "Pietà" by Odoardo Fischetti.



  • it can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. The Church is just 5 minutes from the Franciscan Convent. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • free entry

7 - Caves of San Michele

It is to be considered as one of the most significant Michaelic rock sanctuaries, not only for the size but for the quantity of pictorial interventions present inside including the fresco depicting "The Baptist", Byzantine wall frescoes and the painting of the Archangel of the Annunciation. The cave is located close to the Clanio River, one of the oldest and most important watercourses in Campania where the first civilizations that inhabited Avella settled. Artifacts dating back to the Upper Paleolithic have been found in the vicinity of the cave.

  • are located in the Partenio Park (Via dei Mulini), they can be reached for trekking enthusiasts on foot in about 50 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25), free for children under 18, tenured teachers in Italy, the first Sunday of each month, journalists.

8 - Fusaro and Mulini Green Area

The "Fusaro" Green Area is located at the foot of the Partenio Park and the Avella Mountains. For nature lovers it will be possible to walk the mountain roads along the Clanio River until you reach the waterfall in Acquapendente, along the way you will notice the presence of the Ancient Mills used by the Avellan barony for the grinding of flour. In the green area of ​​Fusaro you will find one pine forest equipped to organize picnics and play areas for the little ones. Restaurants offering local products are concentrated in this area.

  • for trekking enthusiasts they can be reached on foot in about 50 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station (the reference point is always Via dei Mulini). Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • free entry

9 - Acquapendente waterfall

Immersed in the greenery of the Serroncello valley we find, immediately after Fontanelle, the beautiful and particular waterfall of Acquapendente. It is found along the Via dei Christians which winds from Capo di Ciesco (Via dei Mulini), along a part of the Clanio River along the road that leads to the Sanctuary of Montevergine.

  • it can be reached for trekking enthusiasts on foot in about 60 minutes from the bus stop and the EAV train station. Once in Via dei Mulini you have to continue for another 700 meters. Get directions
  • opening from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
  • free entry

What to see in one day: recommended itinerary

The one-day excursion to Avella Città d'Arte includes a visit to the main archaeological sites and places of cultural interest in the historic center. We start with the breakfast at Pasticceria Pesce where to taste the Cassata Avellana with Avella hazelnut, ricotta and dark chocolate drops. Coffee and slice of cassata € 3,50.

A few steps from the pastry shop you will visit the Roman Tombs. Complete the visit and then take a walk in the center to admire the baronial palace and the Franciscan convent. Stop by for lunch at the well-known Ristorante-Orto Il Moera, offers dishes with typical products at km 0 (menu starting from € 30,00)

Dedicate the first part of the afternoon to the Amphitheater, then reach the Medieval Castle to admire it at sunset. If you are lucky, in the absence of haze, you will be able to glimpse the island of Capri. For dinner we recommend the Porta Riva Restaurant-Pizzeria where you can choose whether to enjoy an excellent pizza or typical Irpinia dishes (Menu from € 30,00).

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at the historic Fish Pastry Shop € 3,50
  2. Roman tombs
  3. Baronial palace
  4. Franciscan convent
  5. Lunch at the restaurant - Orto Moera menu starting from € 30,00 per person
  6. Roman Amphitheatre
  7. Norman castle
  8. Dinner at the Porta Riva Restaurant, menu starting from € 30,00 per person

Where to eat: the best restaurants

  1. Restaurant "Fusaro" Since 1969 it is a pizzeria restaurant offering typical dishes of Irpinia cuisine
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via dei Mulini - tel. 0818251928
  2. "Porta Riva" restaurant pizzeria offers refined dishes of Irpinia cuisine
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Via dei Mulini, 47 - tel. 0815103803
  3. "Il Clanio" Restaurant Restaurant and pizzeria
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address: Via Panoramica - tel: 081 825 1589
  4. "Hermano's" restaurant and pizzeria
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: Via Parroco Ercolino - tel. 340 5821778
  5. Pizzeria "A Cantina Re Guagliuni"
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: Via Gioberti, 1 tel. 081 014 6296
  6. Restaurant "IL Moera" Restaurant-garden offers products and dishes at km 0
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via delle Centurie tel. 0818252924
  7. Restaurant "La Grotta" Restaurant pizzeria
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via dei mulini tel 0818252777
  8. "La Fenicia" restaurant Pizzeria restaurant
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Carlo III tel. 081 1855 8568

Plan your stay in Avella: info and useful tips

  • The nearest motorway network is the A-16 Napoli-Bari exit Baiano or Tufino towards Avella. From the Naples-Capodichino airport it is about 20 km.
  • Getting around: with its own vehicle; or alternatively on foot (the distances between the main attractions are not prohibitive).
  • Where to park: Castellana car park (historic center) and Perla car park (corso Vittorio Emanuele).
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Sanctuary of Montevergine, Bourbon Prison, Archaeological Museum of Nola, Paleochristian Basilicas of Cimitile, Lancellotti Castle of Lauro.
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