Guardia Sanframondi has around 5,000 inhabitants, and a flourishing international community. Its medieval quarter is in a healthy process of recuperation, with extensive local, European and international funding going into housing, projects and businesses in the old and the new parts of town. (Periodically there is significant European funding available for both renovations and business start-ups.) There are several supermarkets, many small convenience stores, butcher, poultry, and dairy shops, clothing stores and a multitude of bars and cake shops. There’s a bustling Sunday market where you can buy food, clothing, household goods, and hang out with the whole town. There are myriad local events and cultural-exchange opportunities, and beautiful hospitality: the town hall is very supportive of expats, and council and citizens alike go out of their way to make visitors’ experience here memorable.
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Guardia is a well-positioned location for city, coast and mountain trips – we’re within an hour’s drive from Naples, the Amalfi coast, Pompei, and Capri and other islands. We have a train station 15 mins drive from Guardia (Telese-Cerreto), which serves Benevento, Naples, Rome and beyond. Our nearest airports are in Naples and Rome: both are served by public transport.
All around there are nature reserves and incredible walks, to the north there’s even skiing – and there are many wonderful rural sights and delicacies within an hour or so’s drive. Guardia has European City of Wine status 2019 – it has a well-attended annual wine festival, as well as 7-yearly religious rites that folks travel from all over the world for. Though the Sannio region is not much affected by tourism, Guardia has a vibrant English-speaking community that has developed over the past decade since we brought the town to international attention via a popular American TV show.
The arthouse owner was the main protagonist in initiating the old town’s renaissance, so is particularly well-connected in the town – she holds the keys to the city and is bilingual.