S.Mary in Forum Claudius

Built up between the 5th and 6th century after Christ and wrapped in an impregnated atmosphere of solemn historicity and traditions peasants, the basilica of S.Maria in Hole Claudius (commonly said Episcopio di Ventaroli) is perhaps one of the most meaningful present testimonies of the late empire on the territory.

It rises in the small village of Ventaroli (to visit also the house of Matilde Serao, the very famous writer of "The Stomach of Neaples" ,foundress of Neapolitan newspaper "IL MATTINO"), place of the ancient Forum Claudii, roman citizen goal of pause for the pilgrims in travel between Rome and Capua.

From 6th. sec. it was episcopal center (from which the Episcopio name), and it it remained until 1099, year in which the bishop Bernardo it transferred the center in the cathedral of Carinola (to visit the tomb with the reliquie of the saint).

Its treasures remain fresco it above all bizantini representing religious reasons scatter on going back the inner walls of the basilica and (the more important) to the XI and XII century.

One small “Sistina chapel ante litteram” (visible frescoes representing the Universal Judgment). The common one of Carinola is successful to obtain, in 2004, financings for a million and half of euro for the restoration of this monument.

In order to visit to telephone +393202226215 Francesco ANFORA- CASALE of CARINOLA

Ther's not fee , but a small donation will be appreciated

(Francesco speaks only Italian)




Convent of Saint Franciscus


Friar's cells windows








Crib (Nativity)


Aisle's fresco

Carefullied lay down on a pleasant knoll in the center of Casanova from which the flat one of Carinola is controlled to all, the convent of Saint Francisco sure between is known and attends to you complex monumental of the zone.

Important center religious and civil conventions and manifestations, is a place wrapped from the green of secular olive trees and a halo of tranquillity and Hush.

Going back to XIII the century, he was founded from follows us of Francisco d' Assisi or perhaps from same he, (the historian Luca Wadding marks it the presence of the saint in year 1222) that of sure he stopped himself to you for various time (still today to you finds itself conserved very the cove that, dug in a reef, was bed of the saint). It is told of a miracle of Saint Francisco to Carinola, invited here to the wedding from a nobleman of Carinola, in the bustle of you sew of it a child ended in a great full hot water pot losing the life, all cried deprives of hope to you but S.Francesco brought back the child while still alive safe and sound! Entire constructed in masonry of tufo gray one is made up of the church to two navate ones and the enriched convent from the prestigious one chiostro. The Monastero has been regularly lived from the Franciscan friars until 1813 when it came closed as a result of the napoleonic law that abolished the religious corporations.

Reopened from King Ferdinand II on pressure of the people, newly it was closed from a law of the reign of Italy of 1861 and still reopened in the 1948 from the community of the smaller friars which still of it stop the exercise of the cult. Newly closed (stavolta for precautionary reasons) from the local authorities as a result of the leaks appeared on great part of the building beginning from 1998, the sanctuary risked to go lost. The diagnosis carried out from the geophysicist of international reputation Giuseppe Rolandi, assessed which causes of the yieldings some water infiltrations in the foundations that caused the franamento of the argillaceous land under the weight of the majestic medioevale construction.

It is followed some along iter completed from the carinolese administration for reperire deep the necessary ones to save the monument. The convent currently is interested from the consolidation jobs and restoration for one spold total of beyond a million euro finances to you from the Campania Region .Now in August 2007 is completely restored:I'm dreaming or am I awacke? This has been the first interrogative appeared in my mind as soon as I have admired the Convent of S.Francesco in Casanova of Carinola, restored!

Then I would have intentional to recite the Goodbye Mountains… of Manzoni's memory, but on the contrary, rising, if she can be said, of wellcome mountains, indeed Wellcome convent… and instead I have made an pleasant chat with Father Sicialiano Giovanni, optimal caretaker, by now give beyond twenty years this returned our treasure of Carinola, thanks to the restoration, by now nearly completed, lacks only the external steps, that it will be complete in two months! Within in the chiostro, than, as we know and as it is written in the maiolica to the left of the income, it is of 1200, the age of San Francisco! Famous endured that the quadrangular base of the columns of the chiostro has been restored, like all the walls and not only!

There are frescoes on the walls of the quadrangular short step and flowers and the beautifulst plants in the center! During one messa, celebrated in the refectory, wer'is temporary allotted the altar, and I admire the splendid one I fresco  of vorteen century, where, to the figure they of the Christ centers on the Calvary, makes from wings, on the left, the represented temporal power from a castle that the Angioino Male remembers and therefore Alfonso of Aragon, and to right, presumes themselves, inasmuch as she is ruined from this part, that spiritual, still on the left the Saint with other friars of Excellence, between which Saint Benedict, Bishops and Popes, and  on the right, the Noons guided from S.Clara, neighbors to Jesus,the Virgin  Mary and the Devout Women! In the before room the refectory I admire the huge prepared MANGER all the year, illuminated and working, Manger that is without a doubt beautifulst between those approvals from the undersigned! Then finally within in the found again treasure: the church, inside completely restored! It must see it in order to feel that impression of infinite and liberation that only a tempio as this can give!

The jobs have given to the light leave of the church completely disowned, like the magnificent ceiling to mattoni and cruise of the apse! I watch to the insù: this ceiling is narcotic! The same ones fresco and every already famous part assumes a various aspect, both the lateral vavate ones appears various after the restoration! Numerous discoveries were common, with going back skeletons, probably, as those discoveries innanzi to the Dome of Carinola, to the seventeenth century, these but, they have had mile fate, protect from often a crystal are visible! You will have however to visit it for giving a judgment or sharing mine!

The photos are not enough that, released in abundance, you will be able to visionare in the purposely created album in this website! From last the big door of income in wood also the this piece during the restoration jobs innovation has given to the light one: one date "1891", given that it up to now contrasays written how much approximately the closing of the Convent in 1861 and reopening in the 1948! We will study more and we will make to know you! However, if you want, to visit the convent, mahe a phone call before going, to Father SICILIANO Giovanni, the only friar of the convent,he will be able to guide you to the discovery of this treasure its phone number is 3358161948!).Ther's not fee , but a small donation will be appreciated(This second part has been written 24th August 2007)


In order to visit to telephone +393358161948 Father (Now Prior) Jovanni SICILIANO-- Convent of S.Francesco (speaks only Italian)   Ther's not fee , but a small donation will be appreciated








Dwelling of Earl normanno the Riccardo who of it commissioned the construction in the 1134 and then residence of duchi the Marzano, of the Petrucci barons, the Borgia duchi of Candia, the lineage of the Consalvo of Cordova, the Carafa principles of Stigliano and the casato Cricket of the Clarafuente, the Castle of Carinola is one of the most ancient and important present testimonies in the art zone normanna, angioina and Aragonese, true and just metronomo of the course historical that interested the carinolese citizen in the course of the centuries.

Strategic military objective for via of the position and the imposing fortifications (erge still today majestic the tower of the male) has been many as many times demolished and reconstructed. One before restructure work happened in age normanna, in the 1383 was instead the Angioini to repair walls to them falling for order of duca the Giacomo Marzano. The last appreciable restoration work of the castle is made to go back to the Aragoneses, than around to the XV/XVI sec., elements decorated to you typical of the Catalan style repaired the majestic fortress affixing to you. Today, after centuries of abandonment in nanny of natural and war events that have rendered it little more than rudere, the soprintendenza to the historical assets of Caserta, on signalling of the communal administration of Carinola, is proceeding to the reconstruction and to the consolidation of the powerful ones it walls to the aim of more preservare the architectonic elements meant you like the main arched one of income and to concur with the monument to survive.

In order to visit to telephone +390823939315 URBAN POLICE-CARINOLA - (it speaks only Italian)



Palace of Earl Petrucci

Place on the main public square of Carinola, the quattrocentesco Palace of Earl Petrucci, between the more interesting buildings in the arc of the architectonic production of the 1400, was the residence of the personal secretary of the King Ferdinand Of Aragon, Francisco Petrucci who with the Antonello father and the brother Giovanni Antonio was executed to Naples 26 December 1486 for Shoeing order of that the great conspiracy of the Barons confiscated all their assets ().

The same Aragonese king, that he sped up jobs of restoration in the second half of the XV sec, seems was usual to stop itself in the palace for the hunting, as he testifies a document from signed he in 1468.

Quivi dwelled in the 1691 Donna Anna Carafa di Stigliano, considered to the age one of the beautifulr women of Europe. The construction is articulated around to two courtyards: through a durazzesco portale, with lowered arc to sixth, and a androne, turned botte, it is approached the first courtyard from which it leave the open scale that leads to the advanced plans.

The loggiato one, characterizing from octagonal columns and arch, are introduced particularly rich of fresco rinascimentali. Renamed in the 1800's Palace Novelli, had been born the born them Giovanni Novels the famous jurist, founding father of modern law of the penitentiary, it has conserved until the 1998 its inhabited functions then has been acquired from the common one and entire restructured.

Lasted approximately three years and cost nearly four billions of old Liras, the participation of restoration has made to emerge ignored parts and by now forgotten about the factory: what a half-open plan was believed was in fact an enormous loggione encircled from a prestigious one colonnato in marble, hour completely brought back to the light. In the high plans of the palace, instead, the restorers have recovered, under a layer of intonaco, fresco going back to the four hundred representing subject religious ones or of daily life. The palace is hour an important and solemn it knows it congressuale, let alone true and just flower to the eyelet of the citizen of Carinola.

In order to visit to telephone +390823939315 URBAN POLICE-CARINOLA - (it speaks only Italian)



Big staircase


Palace of Duke Marzano

Built up around to the half of the XV sec. (the construction is placed between 1449 and 1458) in the heart of the ancient Carinola, Palazzo Marzano was sure the more prestigious residence of the age and today, perhaps, the architectonic work more distintiva of the citizen.

This, probably, also for the social prestige of Marinello Marzano, duke of Sessa and one of the most powerful feudatari of the reign, I generate of Alfonso of Aragon, of which it married a natural daughter and that later on just to the happened wedding it commissioned the construction of a dwelling that was to the height of the caught up prestige. According to the historians, the building was work of Catalan architect Guillem Sagrera and the son Jaime.

Particularly pregevole it is short the inner one, survivor miraculously to the war events of according to world-wide conflict that tore great part of the factory. They turn out still very visible, in fact, the majestic one scalone of honor, the court of honor with the guard and many of the elements architectonic and decorated to you that they composed it. Reconstructed partially on ending of years 80, Palazzo Marzano is successful, in spite of everything, to conserve a sure stilistica unit, than of it they make perhaps one of the examples more prestigious than Catalan art in the ancient reign of the two Sicily.

In order to visit to telephone +390823939315  URBAN POLICE-CARINOLA - (it speaks only Italian)


View of Carinola from Grancelsa

short history of a city of the kingdom of Naples in the Earth of Job When it is been born? According to a tourist guide of approximately twohundredfifty years ago Carinola, some century before the descent of the people of Scandinavia in Italy, existing was founded “the Ducato of Benevento, and being king of the Longobardi Autari, between the accounts of that Ducato it is looked at numbered the Earl of Carinola, then had to be approximately the year of our Health 585.”

To the CAP. 40 of Echemperto law that in year 879 happened the division between the Longobards Supremacies of the Capuano Peasantry as a result of the dead women of Landulfo Bishop, Earl di Capua, to one of the two Landoni touched Carinola exactly. Always second the same source “not is things to be available until 1087, year in which was consecrated bishop of the City, call Forum Claudius, a sure Bernardo Capuano, of that Bishop of it published the life Michel Monaco and claudiese Bishop called it, from the called city Hole Claudius, situated approximately two miles Italian away from Carinola, in the situated one, that he comes called Episcopio today. There an ancient church is observed, with other reliquie of ancient factories.

The aforesaid Saint Bishop previewed that time would have become shortly completely deserted. .il because you deliberated the Saint to transfer all the Cathedral to Carinola… building up the Dome to you not of despicable structure.” “In century XIII the Seraphic S.Franciscus was carried in these contours, which wanted to plant its abituro (empty dwuelling)[VC1] for himsels and its little companions in a Knoll little steps away from the city, where today a magnificent Convent widened then from the Getlteman of this State is observed, and especially the most mobile Stiliani family.

The Little Chapel of the Saint is looked at in that convent, like also one beautifulst plant of Merangolo [VC2] planted from same miraculously the hill roots in on; and from the Franciscan reports one finds that in the principle of XV the century Ferdinand of Aragon, being itself carried in this city in order to amuse itself to the hunting, seriously fallen ill here it made to call to if Giacomo of Marca, then Saint, dwelling in the monastero of those friars, and were recovered!” We see com' was Carinola duecentocinquanta years ago: “Situated in a plan encircled from a deep Walloon, for where two limpid streams slide, than it they constitute nearly Peninsula. These in a point join then and form a Fiumicello small.”

And moreover: “Its circumference is of two thirds party of Italian mile. It is known that a time had to be all wide town-walls of wall, while ravvisano hour dirute, and falling. They are in three feet sun Doors from the part of Settentrione, forming a triangle: in means of these the Market in every week, discharged sin from the invasion of the plague joined then: to a side of means the immediate Door of the city, and just by hand straight very large size exists an ancient Castle, fortified with four very high ones, and strong towers, indicating one magnificenza of the antichi times: to the other side of the same Door it is the Seat of the city; from this same for one magnificent road, than form the Public square, và to the Dome, of beautifulst planted already from the first Bishop of this place BERNARDO CAPUANO, then Saint, improved in nearby from the ollowing Bishops, and enriched design, of beautifulst paintings. It exists in the cathedral the body of S.Martino Hermit and the body of the same S.BERNARDO, first protecting glorious Bishop and of the City”.

One tells that the citizens of Capua were convinced that the body of the Saint was found to Capua and it they were to the point that in 1729 in occasion of a pastorale visit to Capua of Pope Benedict XIII, the same Pope avoided to make to raise the large one lapide that he covered the tomba. But finally, in 1762, in the Dome of Carinola, a sagrestano, defined “dared and curious” “from historical Dr. Giovanni APICERNI, “from if with segretezza and hard work slogò the lapide of over of the tumulo and only observed them within the body of the Saint” revealed it to the Bishop of the age Francisco Antonio SALOMONE, “than made some publishes and authentication opening with universal rejoicing of all these countries”. [VC1] miserable dwelling small room and [VC2] Fruit recalled in one famous painting of the Caravaggio (to 1570): Boy who peels the merangolo-Tokio-





Grancelsa east side

I CONFESS THAT FOR BEFORE the TIME THEY HAVE GONE TO the GRANCELSA pushed from the imminence of the festivity of May, from the curiosity to see this venerata church of our Common one and from the will to verify if draft of ennesima the beauty neglected and therefore of an ulterior disappointment and anger for what also it could here be made and has not been made! Other that Flour mill White man. Us the road is arrived also with the car following that leaves from the public square of Casanova, road that has the same denomination, is proceeded little more for 1 km or, gradevoli the small houses on the right of the road, unpleasant a incompiuta in reinforced concrete that would go removed inasmuch as it damages the landscape! Arrival: to my warning this of the Grancelsa is a sanctuary on the generis cannot consider a rupestre church like those of is also known of Matera having of many characteristics in common, the breakup and above all the shape and the entrance, we cannot consider it the nail head of the maniero or however of rudere whose it walls with openings they continue in the southern part! The mystery becomes still more driven in if it takes an examination the invoice of the wall, great rectangular stones on spiazzo to right and the cove at the beginnig of the way towards the mount! However this Sanctuary has an incredible fascination that is not determined from also the fantastic joint, nearly like a gem, in the heart of Monte Pecoraro that seems valued at least here with parkes bench and steccati until the point it makes us to forget that we are to Carinola!



Tabacs & Newspaper

We speak to who does not know to us and/or never it has not been to Carinola, but hour, goodness knows in order which reason, wishes or “is forced” to know our city, here “our” tourist for case which we have dedicated an entire guide on main monuments caleni, guide who will be able to read in this same situated one of Carinola is the city centers them, regarding Sessa Aurunca and Teano, such centralità was sacramentata also in the minutes of II the commission (Justice) of the Room where on.Pasquale Giuliano said: “On the other hand, Sessa Aurunca is placed more to North regarding the others two city, while Carinola is situated to the center, in middle position between Sessa and Teano that, being the identical facility of the connections, it turns out the decisive consideration in favor of Carinola.” Therefore… facility of connections, we see:A2 (AUTOSTRADA DEL SOLE)MOTORWAY OF THE SUN: for who it comes from SOUTH, Naples side, in order to mean to us, therefore, must exit to the exit of CAPUA, where, unfortunately, on the autosole not v'è some indication for Carinola and much less to the escape, on the Appia, no indication, and although demands many times over from the administrators caleni, nobody has supplied neither from part of the Freeways spa neither from part ANAS spa to put a trust or to insert Carinola in the number of the indications to the escape of Capua. Therefore to exit to Capua and to follow indication Sessa Aurunca, from crossing A2/E45 to Carinola are 19,2 km. If instead Carinola from the North is caught up, it convene to exit to Caianello, the distance is identical (km. 19,2), also here no street indication for Carinola, therefore is necessary to continue for Teano, to catch up the Appia and to turn to right in order then to svoltare left back where it finds marks them for Carinola.Roma is distant 186 km and it is caught up in h.2, 06 while Naples is to 64,4 km and are necessary 59 minuteren!

Carinola is raggiungibile with the TRAIN and the railway station of arrival is that FALCIANO  DEL MASSICO-Mondragone that tos be distant from Carinola km.7, 8, 15 minuteren of distance, but not there are many buses that connect the station to Carinola although trains are every hour, for which it convene to telephone, preventively, to the Paschal LA TORRE TAXI: 3386523351 that will be to attend them to you with a smile! Joints to Carinola, in public square single tobacco-newspapers, a single Bank and a single Druggist, from always these exercises characterize to you and managed from a feminine management, before were the gentlwomen Elena, Mena and Dora, today the Miss Loreta and gentlwomen, Titty and Maria Grazia also here and in all and the three exercises single smiles and sympathy!

In order to come from BAIA Domitia:  go to CELLOLE then to catch up way APPIA to turn to right and to continue here for 7 km. Turn then to right to Ventaroli (ther’is indication on Appia way) 700 mt. and you can see Episcopio.After traffic lighter straight on for 2 km and you are in Carinola!





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