The spellbinding tales of Benevento’s witches and the walnut tree

In Britain, places like York and Edinburgh pull in tourists by presenting themselves as the “most haunted city” in the country, Europe, or even the world. Tours are organised around sites of spooky events, and thousands of fascinated visitors relish the scary stories. Yet there is a little-known town in southern Italy that could also make … More The spellbinding tales of Benevento’s witches and the walnut tree

A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Benevento is situated about 50 km north-east of Naples, and is first recorded as a city of the Samnite Italic tribe. It was originally called “Maleventum”, which the Romans believed meant “site of bad things”, so they changed it to “Beneventum” or “site of good things” after they gained control around the 3rd century BC. … More A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

When I walked around the town of Benevento in southern Italy I could see that a lot of it had been rebuilt following heavy bombing in World War Two. However, every now and then I spotted a remnant of older history in the buildings- a half-buried statue or an ancient plaque. I was even more fascinated … More Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

Benevento’s jewels: The Holy Wisdom Church and its cloister

I had a free weekend in August so I was planning to book a few nights near the seaside in Puglia or southern Lazio. However, after discovering that nearly all the hotels along the coast were booked up or charging extortionate prices, I decided to turn inland and search for a place that would be … More Benevento’s jewels: The Holy Wisdom Church and its cloister