Guardia’s incredible facade, from the Ponte Ratello

I came to this town for the first time in the midwinter of 2009. The medieval quarter was in a state of accelerating abandonment, but I immediately saw an incredible, atmospheric, immense potential; a crystal clear vision of the emptiness being full. Through a series of signs and coincidences, the place drew me into the magic, the mystery and the flow… and over a decade later, Guardia is calling me again to further collaborate in developing the vision.

Guardia Sanframondi is a place infused with synchrony, the sacred feminine, deep community fabric, mythology and gift culture. It’s the perfect container for a human being looking to be nourished on a deeper level; slowing down, affordable and high-quality Lifestyle, space and freedom to experiment and find your natural rhythm… and an incredibly hospitable community supporting you.

It’s a unique, authentic wine and olive town with a rich cultural and religious heritage. It’s situated conveniently for city trips (Naples, Rome), leisure (the Amalfi coast, Capri, etc) and country (mountains, skiing, wild swimming, fascinating ruins). It has been developing as an international community since 2012.

Guardia 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.

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 is a hub of cultural exchange.

I wrote The Insider’s Guide To Guardia Sanframondi book for the rapidly- increasing numbers of folks interested in staying or in buying property here. The guide gives insight into the culture and the practicalities of being a foreigner here – helping avoid many initial stresses and bloopers that might come up!

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