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Discovering Falerno

Published in Out of Town
03 April 2017

Land of wine and mozzarella, but also of archaeological heritage and historical villages. An itinerary offered by Trecc, network of tourism enterprises which aim to promote tourism and culture on the territory

Falernum is the wine of the Roman emperors. Produced in the ancient northern Campania, in the ager Falernus, it was so popular that the Roman ships exported it in every part of the world then known.

Today, in the same areas in the province of Caserta, about 70 km from Naples, in many crops, by taking up the same grape variety preserved for hundreds of years by local people, the "Falerno Massico" wine of Certified Origin Designation (COG) is produced, in the sunny fields close to the Tyrrhenian Sea coast. Its peculiarity is the nature of the soil on which it grows: volcanic, with a good amount of phosphorus, potassium and trace elements, around a volcano which has been extinct for centuries and is covered by forests of chestnut trees, the Roccamonfina.

In those areas, wine is a true "cult", so much that it attracts many visitors, thanks to the producers and their wineries, and the Falerno Fraternity, the first club dedicated to the Falerno Massico wine, founded in 2010 by a group of friends passionate about wine.

The Falerno wine can be perfectly combined to buffalo mozzarella, a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) food, fresh cheese made of spun paste produced exclusively from buffalo milk, according to an ancient tradition which makes the Campania region a world leader of this product.

Not only wine and mozzarella, though. The land of Falerno is rich in landscapes and natural attractions that are worth visiting.

The ancient town of Sessa Aurunca, for example, which exceeds most of the historical Italian "villages" in terms of historical and archaeological heritage. Only cities of similar size, such as Todi, San Gimignano, Cortona, Urbino, Spoleto and Orvieto can compete with Sessa Aurunca. To find an area so full of cultural goods you must travel to Tuscany, but without the Sessa landscape, ranging from the dormant volcano woods all the way to the coast, where you can lose yourself in a clear, blue sea. The Roman Theater, the statue of Matidia, the Criptoportico, the Romanesque Cathedral, the Roman bridge, the Ducal Castle, the Old Town, with its doors and mullioned windows, make a perfect day in Sessa Aurunca, along an unusual and fascinating tourist route.

For those who, instead, want to enjoy a longer or a several day "Slow Foot" visit (at least 4), we point out the ancient Via Appia: a road link, more than two thousand years old, running from Caserta to Rome, passing through Gaeta. Some stretches of the old road are still visible and walable on foot: crossing it is an intense emotion.

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What is Trecc

Trecc (Campania Religious Tourism Cooperative) is a network of tourism enterprises that organizes excursions and multi-day trips for tour groups with guides in English. Trecc's mission is to promote culture and tourism of Campania, starting from Naples. With particular attention to trekking.

www.trecc.it

www.religioustourism.it