Four fabulous places for your RV getaway
From San Casciano dei Bagni in Tuscany, passing through Gradara in Marche, to Sant’Agata dei Goti in Campania. An RV getaway (in a campervan or caravan) to discover Italian paradises unknown to most people.
RV getaway…in the Middle Ages
San Casciano dei Bagni has been known since 1400 for over 40 natural hot water springs. To this day it is still possible to enjoy the ancient wash houses of Bagno Grande for free, known as the “gorgo” and Bagno Bossolo or Buxo and to experience the beneficial and curative effects that nature offers. Your RV getaway will be therapeutic! On the slopes of Mount Cetosa, there is the symbol of the small town, the Turrito Castle of neo-Gothic structure.
The old town centre is picturesque, embellished by stone houses with chiselled doorways and ancient churches. The route leads to the Gothic Collegiate Church of San Leonardo and its 17th century bell tower. Just outside the Old Town there is the church of Santa Maria della Colonna, also known as “Santa Maria ad Balnea” dating back to the 11th century, built on the site of a small pagan temple dedicated to the goddess of health – Igea.
Where to stay: there is a flat and and partly shaded camping area available on payment near the medieval village and the thermal baths. Piazzale Del Ponte.
Discover feudal castles and miraculous springs
The village of Allerona is located in the province of Terni. In the village there is a feudal castle, property of the Monaldeschi and Filippeschi families, revealed by the remains of what was once the stronghold (in 1275). The ancient walls and the two entrance gates – Porta del Sole and Porta della Luna – keep inside them a small historical centre with pristine charm, where you can visit the church of Santa Maria dell’Assunta and the Palazzo Visconteo.
Outside the walls there is the small rural church of the Madonna dell’Acqua, built next to a water spring that is believed to be miraculous. Not far from the centre, there is another sight to visit the Italian garden of Villa Cahen: the visitors are welcomed by a lemon house, greenhouses and a Japanese garden. In the Villalba Park there are several facilities and there is also a chalet where you can refresh yourself.
Where to stay: there is a camping area with camper service, free of charge. Allerona (TN) – Via Guido Rossa.
From Paolo and Francesca
Six km from the sea, in Marche’s hinterland, the village of Gradara dominates the entire valley with its fortress and fortified citadel. The history of Gradara is known for the love between Francesca da Polenta and Paolo Malatesta, made immortal by the verses of Canto V of Dante’s Inferno. Francesca, daughter of the lord of Ravenna Guido Minore, married in 1275 the son of Malatesta da Verucchio, lord of Gradara, “Giangiotto the cripple”. The young bride was often alone at the castle, given the prolonged absence of her husband, so she shared her time with her husband’s brother, Paolo, who was always pleased to visit her.
But as Dante narrates, the fault lay in the book of the love story of Ginevra and Lancelot, which the two read together. It caused the kiss that would cost them their lives: Giangiotto, lurking in ambush, killed them with his sword. Even today it is still possible to visit the rooms where history unfolded. To tell the truth, Paolo Malatesta was married to a countess, by whom he had two children. And Giangiotto remarried the following year. Where to stay: in Piazzale di Paolo e Francesca, a few steps from the castle.
Sant’Agata dei Goti is worth a getaway!
Founded in 970, the pearl of Sannio, so called Sant’Agata de’ Goti, is intact in its natural beauty. A citadel overlooking the Martorano torrent from above. An open-air museum where you can explore epigraphs, Roman columns, monumental churches and historic buildings. Don’t miss the Church of S. Menna, dating back to the 11th century, which has one of the oldest mosaic floors in southern Italy.
Then, the Ducal Palace, of Longobard origin and the Cathedral of the Assumption, with its main gate in Romanesque style. We suggest a taste of typical specialities that will make your getaway unforgettable: fresh pasta dumplings filled with ricotta cheese and radicchio, maltagliati with sausage ragù. Gnocchi alla caprese, cavatelli with porcini mushrooms and paccheri with beans.
Where to stay: in the car park next to the sports field.
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