What to see in Piedimonte Matese, itinerary of the historic center including the remains of the megalithic walls and the temple of Apollo, as well as the ducal palace and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Dovesvole.
Located in the province of Caserta, at the foot of Monte Cila and Monte Muto, at the mouth of the valleys of Paterno del Rivo and Torano, Piedimonte Matese is the main center of the Matesino area.
The first human settlements in the area date back to the Bronze and Iron Age.
Piedimonte Matese, founded by the Samnites on Monte Cila, was conquered by the Romans in 326 BC. and, in the ninth century, it passed under Lombard domination.
In the historic center there are interesting testimonies relating to the past of the town, including the remains of megalithic walls, located on Monte Cila, dating back to the seventh century BC, and the ruins of the temple of Apollo, which are located in the high Piedimonte.
The Church of San Tommaso d’Aquino, also called Church of San Domenico, built over the remains of a Roman temple and remodeled in the 1400s, deserves to be visited.
Next to this building of worship is the seventeenth-century bell tower with the cusp covered in majolica.
The facade of the church includes the portal with pointed arch, decorated with a fresco while, in the cloister of the convent, inside which the Civic Museum is located, the remains of valuable frescoes are preserved.
The Church of San Giovanni, dating back to the sixth century, is the oldest in the country, with a Gothic portal and bell tower.
Inside the Church of the Savior, built in 1654 on a project by Cosimo Fanzago, there is a wooden image of 1200, depicting the Madonna of the snow, there are also marble decorations and baroque stucco.
The Chapel of San Biagio, dating back to the end of the 1300s, contains ogival walls and vaults frescoed with scenes from the Old and New Testaments, in addition to those relating to the life of San Biagio.Recommended readings
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The Baroque Church of the Annunziata has an interior decorated with stucco, in addition there is a fresco by Calducci, depicting the Annunciation, and an eighteenth-century wooden choir.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dating back to the sixth century and rebuilt in 1772 in a classical style, preserves inside frescoes of 1900, five valuable Renaissance tables and "The martyrdom of San Marcellino", a painting made by the school of Luca Giordano.
The Ducal Palace, built in the eleventh century near a fortification from the Norman era, assumed the function of home to the dukes in the 1700s.
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria Dovesente of 1436 constitutes one of the major attractions of the area, also, along a long shady avenue it is possible to reach the nearby Hermitage of Solitude, dating back to 1678.
For nature lovers, in the surroundings of Piedimonte Matese, there are numerous hiking trails for pleasant excursions in the mountains.