Authentic Old Italy
Accessible to 21st Century Vacationers
That was then and this is now.
Today, because Benano’s wall keeps it small and peaceful, Rocca di Benano’s guests get to experience Italy as few tourists do. They live in a villa that sits on a tiny piazza and abuts that small church built so many centuries ago. After a day of exploring the best of Central Italy, they return to a village that retains the feel of a simpler time and a slower pace.
Benano’s walkways are too small for cars, so the final 100 feet to Rocca di Benano’s front door take our guests under the arched gate in the wall and through the village — a short walk that is like a step back in time. Our guests meet the neighbors who gather around a table in the piazza on summer evenings, sharing homemade wine and shelling peas. Watch our neighbors work the meticulously maintained olive grove on the facing hillside. And join the ladies of the village at the vendors who pull their trucks up to the village gate to sell fresh bread, fish, and produce.
The apparent sleepiness of the village belies a rich cultural calendar, the highlight of which is the annual festival honoring its patron saint, held the weekend closest to August 5. In addition, every Christmas, Benano’s version of the Chamber of Commerce puts up an ornate nativity scene. Also not to be missed are the annual chestnut roast (the 3rd Sunday in November) and a celebration of Saints Peter and Paul (the Sunday after June 29).
The annual festival is celebrated the first weekend of August
Some of the houses in Benano are weekend getaways for people who spend most of their time in Rome. One such neighbor, Alberto Spalletta, is a photographer who shot this video of the pageantry, tradition, and celebration of Benano’s annual festival:
What our guests say
About the village
– Ann D., Rockville, MD
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