In the heart of Irpinia: Montevergine

The day of Candlemas is a very special day in Irpinia.

Early in the morning many pilgrims arrive to Montevergine, one of the most important Marian Shrine situated in the Mountain around  Avellino, to worship one of the so called  “Seven Holy Ladies “ sisters of Holy Mary. The Holy Ladies are all in Campania, and the most important is the black Lady of Montevergine.

The Black Lady of Montevergine is the protector of homosexuals.

A Medieval legend tells that the Holy Lady of Montevergine, saved a homosexual couple from death because she was moved by their love. The couple was condemned by the community to die for cold or for wolves, reduced in chains on the summit of the Mount Partenio,

For this  reason many of them arrive from Naples and many other areas of the Campania to pay tribute to “their” Madonna, addressing to her prayers and songs of love twice in the year during the day of Candlemas, February, 2 and Semptember,12 .

Apart from the legend it is interesting to know that not far from the Sanctuary, on Mount Partenio, there are the ruins of two ancient temples consecrated respectively to Cybele and Artemis, two of the Great Mothers of Paganism.

And in the myth of Cybele we can identify a strong link between pagan worship and Christian rituality.

That of Candlemas is a day of offering, of sacrifice, of sweat. The sweat that flows from the forehead when, despite the cold, pilgrims slowly climb from the slopes to the Mount, on a slow and silent pilgrimage of great emotional participation.

The silence is broken near the great staircase that leads to the sanctuary, where the pilgrims begin to sing their songs of love for the Holy Lady marking their progress towards the Chapel of the great icon.

A celebration of great theatrical features, where you see pilgrim cry, laugh, dance, sing, with great respect towards the “sweet Mother” that everyone welcomes.

On the churchyard the party continues in a swirl of popular dances and songs, “beyond all differences”.

Not just devotion, but a great culinary tradition too.

After the offer, it is a must to continue the party in the inns to eat local dishes such as cheese, ham, handmade pasta, truffles, drinking the good local wines

So we wait for you in Montevergine, in the green Irpinia, where life is still “real”

In the heart of Irpinia: Gesualdo

Hirpinia: it is an  almost fairy-like place. Medieval villages are scattered among lakes and mountains in an amazing scenery.

Castle of Gesualdo

Gesualdo is  one of the most beautiful and typical of this villages in Irpini. An old village full of curiosities and surprises.

Our Itinerary starts from the castle. A wide avenue leads up to the top of the fortress from which you can enjoy a view over the whole of Irpinia. The original core of the Castle was built in the Longobard period.

In its origin, the castle  was an imposing fortress for its strategic position. But when the Prince Charles Gesualdo arrived, it was transformed  in a sumptuous  Renaissance  residence, as it seems today.

From the castle we proceed to the square called Neviera. It means square of the Ice house. It is so called because in the past there was an ice house in that square, used to store food, especially meat .

Today that ice box  is used as a bar.

The Village

Between a coffee and a typical tasting of local products such as cheese, bread, ham and local wine, we walk towards the main square: Piazza Umberto I.

During the tour our guests can admire: an ancient Fontain of Angels , the imposing doors of the village made in stone  and a nice small square dedicated to Cillo Palermo, a poet from Gesualdo.

Among the evocative alleys Gesualdo reveals all of its millennial history.

Winery

But in Gesualdo we can also go to visit some of the most beautiful and spectacular wine cellars of the region , walking through tens of thousands of bottles  at rest in niches carved between the stone walls.

We will enjoy getting lost in barriques where the great wines of Taurasi are refined.

Not far from Gesualdo we have to stop at the beautiful “le Conche Country House”. It is an amazing place where you can stay for the night. You will never get bored of the relaxing landscape alla round it.

Le Conche Country House

The place is also an old thermal area, only that waters are cold and not hotThat is another long stoy to tell.

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Amalfitain Coast and Sorrento

The Amalfitain Coast or Costiera Amalfitana is a stunning coastline set along the rugged mountains and winds down the western coast of Italy from Sorrento to Salerno in the region of Campania.

This is one of the most requested tours. Especially for shore excursions. It lasts 8/9 hours stopping in Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. Our speaking English driver, Eddy, will drive along the coast trhough many miles of hairpin turns offering spectacular vistas with changing views of landscapes. Rocks plunging vertically in to the clear sea, charming fishing villages, with brightly colored boats set in the small harbors, vibrant vegetation and colorful flowering plants, houses and hotels nestled high in the rocks above the winding coastline all contrasting dramatically with the brilliant blues of the Mediterranean waters.

First stop is in Sorrento to have an orientation tour of the village. Poets and writers have described Sorrento as the land of colors and mermaids. Sorrento is indeed a very pretty city where kindness and hospitality are a combination that is handed down from one generation to the next.

Sorrento historical centre is the ideal place for buying local souvenirs: Typical hand-crafted marquetry, hand-stitched tablecloths, coloured handmade sandals, distilleries and local gastronomic products.

The inlaid wooden marquetry realized by the Sorrentine artisans, they patiently and skill fully decorate wooden objects with delicate inlays creating a variety of patterns and colours. Their workshops are lined with piles of small boxes pressed into clamps,then  put out in open air for the  glue to dry in the sun. This gives character and colour to the streets making pleasant to walk all around the old town.

As we make our way to Amalfi, we will stop in Positano from above and glimpse its buildings clinging to the rocks. Positano is a vertical village. Houses are organized as a coloured cascade along the hills. They are built on the rocks and look towards the blue sea, the narrow streets and the clean and nice beaches. We reach Amalfi for a visit, whose origins date back to both the Roman and Byzantine Empires. It once rivaled Genoa and Pisa in its maritime importance, still retains its fishing traditions today and is also known as the home of handmade paper. The first view of Amalfi is unforgettable, with its tightly packed villas and palaces seeming to tumble down the cliff side into the fishing port and beach below. In the  main square of Amalfi we find the majestic  Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew.

According to the time we can reach Ravello . Ravello is a very quiet and chic village known all over the world for its wonderful panorama that once enchanted Richard Wagner and the great Greta Garbo.

The day tour will be full of unforgettable emotions from the beginning to the end. You will meet local people and will listening to their stories of common life and will taste local food: lemons, limoncello, fresh fish and sweet cakes. Don’t wait. Come and join us!

 

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Naples, the old town, narrow streets, pizza, coffee and sfogliatella

Enjoy Naples our way .

It’s true what the guide books say. Naples has not the romance of Venice or the style of Rome. But what it has got is bags of character. secure web login . It’s gritty, it’s noisy, but that’s where the appeal lies. This is an authentic slice of southern Italian life, complete with washing strung out between buildings and honking old cars weaving through the streets.

Naples may be noisy, overcrowded, and a bit intimidating, but it is also intriguing and appealing. Proud birthplace of Pizza which is midway between refined cuisine and traditional working-class meal, Neapolitan pizza became one of the main dishes and a symbol of Neapolitan cuisine since the 18th Century. The city’s history remains a fundamental component of present society and it is revealed in many archaeological ruins, monuments and buildings.

Come with us to discover the city towards to the famous shopping street of Via Toledo where we will see the typical streets of the “Spanish Quarter”: the alleys, the heart of the True Naples, among narrow streets and hanging clothes. We will have a sweet little break to try the real Neapolitan coffee with the famous “sfogliatella “, in one of the oldest bakery of Naples.

We continue towards to the old town where we will meet our guide. She will tell us about old stories and legends of love and unfortunate “little skull” venerated by Neapolitan people and linked to the Neapolitan tradition. We will pass among the old shops of craftsmen: the luthiers, the artisans making cribs, the booksellers, the potters, The Hospital of dolls.

We will see the most beautiful places and monuments of the historic center, passing through the famous “Spaccanapoli” and the particular Via San Gregorio Armeno famous for Christmas shopping.

It will be a unique opportunity to learn about the odd habits of the people of Naples! Come to visit us!

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Acheloo Tour

Acheloo is a Boutique Land Operator and a concierge company, located in the South of Italy, 30 km far from Naples, that provides customized Corporate and Leisure services in Italy and first of all in Campania, our Region.

We are a group of experts (geologists, guides, masterchef, archeologists and historians) working in the field of tourism for 20 years.
We put our knowledges together and decided to promote New Routes not touched by mass tourism., bringing people to the heart of the cities showing real life, telling old stories and traditions, discovering past memories, tasting food and wine.
The focus of all our attention is the customer. We like to take care of all details: from the choice of your dish to accommodation and guided tour, guaranteeing a vacation that will be perfect and memorable.
To achieve these results, Acheloo Tours offers only the best. Scrupulously we select the accommodation options, choosing interesting itineraries accompanied by expert and knowledgeable English speaking guides.
One of the secret of our success is our excellent relationship with suppliers working all together only for passion and customer satisfaction.
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