The capodanno photo above is by local digital artist, Valerio Mancini. Our Italian home town, the little village of Pontelandolfo, high in the Sannio hills of the Provincia di Benevento, knows how to celebrate . Curious about life in a small hill town? Tired of beating your way through crowds of tourists and want to see a slice of real Italian life? Why not come to Pontelandolfo – we’ll keep the caffè on for you.
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General Information: As I collect information, this section will be updated.
Remember, this is Italy and we do things a wee bit differently here. The shops and services open early in the morning – by 8:30 if not earlier. Except for the bars, they close at about 1:00 and reopen between 4:30 and 5:00 PM until about 7. That mid-day break is very civilized.
You need to be familiar with the Italian Holiday Calendar. Things close, parties happen and hotels may be full.
Pontelandolfo 1861 tells the history of the town with a particular emphasis on its destruction by the Piedmontese occupation troupes. Estate Del Terrore recounts the burning, pillage, and murders of men, women and children on August 14, 1861. The web site is part of a larger initiative to bring tourists to town. Read about the program at this post The Pontelandolfo 1861 Project.
Bioagriturismo Borgo Cerquelle is the only hotel in Pontelandolfo with a website. That makes them easy to reach. BorgoCerquelle is the site and after reading about this organic farm, we made sure to try the restaurant. The food is abundant and incredible. They also served us homemade liquors! We have hosted large groups there and the owners are absolutley wonderful. Here is their e-mail address – firstname.lastname@example.org. +39 338.685. 7493
Here is the link to the story and video I did on Fittacamere Al Castello. It is a 7 room hotel in a totally refurbished 1800’s granary. Fittacamera Al Castello sits at the base of the towns iconic tower and is a short walk to the main piazza. Learn more on FaceBook.
B&B Calvello takes its name from the mountain that it is nestled in. Angela and Salvatore have restored a series of buildings that were home to Angela’s ancestors. The view from the mountain is incredible. Trails to an adjacent park provide a great way to walk off great meals. Angela, through our Cooking in the Kitchens of Pontelandolfo program, taught a group of Americans some traditional dishes. Travel through time with your taste buds!
I love Pontelandolfo News, here is their list of hotels.
Bar Elimar is a place I love to sit, stare and write in. Caffè to cocktails to scoops of gelato, cornetto and crunchy pannini help make this a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by. Marilina Mazzamauro and Elio Di Muragi are you hosts. Piazza Roma
Ponte Simone is a bar, place to play lotto and the slots, grocery store and more. Angela and Nicola are the young and well organized owners. Located at Ponte Sorgento the Bar/Store has a FaceBookpage.
George’s Revolutionis the go to place for the hip set. Late at night it is packed. Bar owner Giuseppe Romanelli has taken a spot that has been a family business for years and transformed it into a place to mingle, play darts and dance some nights away.
Landulphi Pub is the slickest show in town. The Sforza brothers, Giovanni and Giuseppe, have created a showstopper of an environment in a cavernous medieval space with great food and artisan beers. From the wait staff to the menu the ancient Latin theme carries you to an interesting and scrumptious dining experience. Corso Fratelli Rinaldi. email@example.com +39.335.678.8777
Non Solo Pizza at Piazza Roma #10 sells pizza by the slice or whole. They also have a lot of scrumptious snacks like arancini balls, calzones and rustica. Emilia Lese, the owner, catered a party for me and everything was yummy. +39 328.589.0831
Pontelandolfo News has a list of services too. With google chrome, it is instantly translated into English.
La Farmacia, Pizza Roma 13 Dott. Nicola Perone and his daughter Dotteressa Assunta Perone have a full service pharmacy. Tina speaks English and is incredibly helpful. +39 082.485.2051
La Torre Mini Market is located on Piazza Roma and can provide the weary traveler with a the makings of an exceptional sandwich and refill one’s larder with the staples you need to keep on cooking, washing dishes and doing laundry. This is their FaceBook link. +39 347 234 4328