Aquapetra calendar

The Sannio is blessed with a magnificent year round climate, crystal azure skies, pure air and endless sunshine.

Spring arrives by the first days of March, bursting with the scents of our diverse flora, the afternoons enduring and evenings becoming ever warmer, the glorious sun infused haze of early morning steadily lifting. These are perfect days for long walks up into the surrounding hills or through the ancient towns of the Sannio, for setting aside time for relaxation, massages and pampering, for long lazy lunches and exquisite suppers. 

Come the first days of April, the urge to slip into our outdoor pool becomes irresistible. By now the temperature has risen and to all guests coming from northern climes, the weather seems more akin to a lovely summer's day. For the more intrepid, we recommend guided expeditions through the nearby gorges of Cusano Mutri, with its numerous vertiginous zip line descents. There are 70 cantine within 30 km of Aquapetra and what better time than this to enjoy their delights, to pick up a few cases or have them sent home, a welcome gift upon one's return, a memory rekindled by the familiar aromas. A marvellous supper awaits you back at Aquapetra.

From May to October, the weather at Aquapetra is simply glorious. The office a distant memory, spend long indulgent days basking in the sunshine, a cocktail or two by the pool to the calming sounds of cicadas' wings and the steady flow of water. Take a break from the sun with a full body scrub or massage and emerge feeling amazing. The anticipation of the freshest seafood, impeccably prepared, is overwhelming. An aperitif before supper. Like everything here, it is delicious. Retire sated, rested and invigorated. Tomorrow, another glorious day awaits.

The summer ends with the wine harvest and the mushroom, truffle and hunting seasons. For the avid foragers, most prized are the local white and black truffles, the Porcini and Caeser mushrooms. Wild boar, deer and hare for the hunters. All gifts of nature that our chefs prepare for our guests. By the end of October and first week of November, Aquapetra's olive groves give up their long maturing fruit. It is only in November that the evenings become a little crisp. The grand fireplaces in our lobby and restaurant crackle into life. In the surrounding towns, celebrations mark the passage of autumn, the natural cycle passing into the next phase. Our Spa, sauna, steam room and heated pools are the perfect way to shake off the chill, or unwind and relax after a reinvigorating jog through the forests. Slow cooked meats and hearty wines await you in the restaurant. Soft jazz, free flowing conversation, cocktails before supper. Another wonderful day for which we give thanks.

Mid November and we begin to dress Aquapetra for the winter festivities. Smiling faces everywhere, truly we have been blessed with the people who have found us and decided to stay. It is difficult to feel a greater hand has not contributed in some way.

All is calm and quiet, but somewhere near there is feasting and laughter. A momentary thought and we soon find ourselves strolling through the narrow paved streets of improbably pretty towns, churches and museums, ten, twenty unrushed minutes by car on quiet roads, the surrounding forest an explosion of red, orange and yellow hues that contrast with the persistently shimmering silvers and greens of our olive groves. The olive is a hardy shrub that holds out against the cold, utterly magical to behold in its natural environment.

Winter in the Sannio. A dusting of snow but crystal clear skies and warming sun. A year has passed, another glorious year awaits. We look forward to you joining us, to sharing tales and smiling at our collective fortune of finding ourselves in this secluded, most special of places.  
January 2018
1st January
New Years Day celebrations at Aquapetra

1st – 6th January
Cerreto Sannita - Crib Art

1st – 7th January
San Lorenzello - Crowds gather to see this year’s Christmas illuminations

6th January
Epiphany celebrations at Aquapetra

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market

February 2018
14th February
St Valentines celebrations at Aquapetra

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market
March 2018
30th March
San Lorenzello - Good Friday Procession. Worshippers in white hooded robes beat themselves in honour of Christ’s suffering.

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market
April 2018
2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market

5th April
Liberation Day celebrations at Aquapetra
May 2018
1st May
International Workers’ Day celebrations at Aquapetra

The nights of 7th & 8th May
Frasso Telesino & Melizzano
The celebration of Majo di San Michele

All month
Cusano Mutri Guided excursions and adventure sports (Caccaviola Gorges, Conca Torta, Forre di Lavello & the Bauxite Mines)

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market 

June 2018
2nd June
Republic Day celebrations at Aquapetra

1st week of June (tbc)
Cusano Mutri – Corpus Domini Sunday – Cusano Mutri
Commemorating the The Infiorata del Corpus Domini

3rd June (tbc)
Telese
Telesia Fun – 5 kilometre solidarity walk

13th June (tbc)
Botteria di Sant’Antonio - Cerreto Sannita
A celebration of the Patron Saint

17th June
Telese
The Telese Cup - International 10km endurance race

Last week of June & 1st week of July
Melizzano
Historical Palio (horse race) of the Quintana

All month
Cusano Mutri Guided excursions and adventure sports (Caccaviola Gorges, Conca Torta, Forre di Lavello & the Bauxite Mines)

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market
July 2018
4th – 8th July
Benevento
2018 International Film & Television Festival

All month
Cusano Mutri Guided excursions and adventure sports (Caccaviola Gorges, Conca Torta, Forre di Lavello & the Bauxite Mines)

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market 

August 2016
4th – 10th August
Guardia Sanframondi - Vinalia Wine Festival

10th August
San Lorenzello – A musical performance with fireworks in celebration of San Lorenzo, the Martyr 15th August – Ferragosto celebrations at Aquapetra

Last week of August (tbc)
Castelvenere – Wine Festival

Last week of August (tbc)
Benevento – Theatrical performances at the ancient Colloseum

Last week of August (tbc)
Faicchio - Medievalia – Medieval Festival Cusano Mutri Guided excursions and adventure sports (Caccaviola Gorges, Conca Torta, Forre di Lavello & the Bauxite Mines)

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market
September 2017
1st -2nd September (tbc)
Torrecuso - VinEstate
Summer Wine Festival

Second week of September
Solopaca - Celebration of the Grapes

8th – 9th September (tbc)
Massa di Faicchio - End of Summer Wine and Gastronomic Feast

15th September – 14th October (tbc)
Cusano Mutri – The Mushroom Festival

Cusano Mutri Guided excursions and adventure sports (Caccaviola Gorges, Conca Torta, Forre di Lavello & the Bauxite Mines)

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market
October 2018
7th October
Telese Terme - Teleria Half Marathon
International 21km endurance race

2nd weekend of October (tbc)
Fragneto Monforte – Mongolfier Hot Air Baloon show 2nd & last weekend – San Lorenzello Antiques Market

31st October
Halloween at Aquapetra
November 2017
1st November
All Saints Day celebrations at Aquapetra

2nd & last weekend
San Lorenzello Antiques Market

4th - 26th November
Cerreto Sannita
The season of the olive harvest, celebrated every Sunday

4th November to 6th January
Cerreto Sannita – ‘Let’s light up Cerreto!’
The historic buildings of Cerreto Sannita are the backdrop to a variety of delightful projections

10th November – 10th December
Limitola – Santa at the castle

16th November – 10th December
Torrecuso - The Christmas markets

18th November – 7th January
Cusano Mutri - The Christmas markets
December 2018
1st – 10th December
Limitola – Santa at the castle

1st – 10th December
Torrecuso - The Christmas markets

1st December – 7th January
Cusano Mutri - The Christmas markets

1st December – 7th January
San Lorenzello - Crowds gather to see this year’s Christmas illuminations

1st December - 6th January
Cerreto Sannita – ‘Let’s light up Cerreto!’
The historic buildings of Cerreto Sannita are the backdrop to a variety of delightful projections

8th December
Celebration of the Immaculate Conception at Aquapetra

16th – 17 December
San Marco dei Cavoti – The Torrone and Croccantino Street Party

24th December
Christmas Eve celebrations at Aquapetra

25th December
Christmas celebrations at Aquapetra

26th December
St. Stephen’s Day celebrations at Aquapetra

31st December
New Years Eve celebrations at Aquapetra