The village of Sant’Agata de’ Goti. Courtesy: the municipality of Sant’Agata de’ Goti.
Sant’Agata de’ Goti is in an evocative location on a “tufa terrace” between two tributaries of the Isclero river. According to the most credible historical sources, it is on the site of the ancient Saticula, a Samnite city on the border of Campania. Its current name dates back to the VI century A.D., when the Goths, defeated in 553 A.D. in the battle of Vesuvius, managed to remain in their fortresses as empire subjects, settling in as colonists. The local patrimony of heavily frescoed churches – there are about ten of them in the historic center alone – makes Sant’Agata a gem of art and culture. Some of the noteworthy churches in this lineup are the Duomo, which was founded in 970, rebuilt in the XII century and restored between 1728 and 1755; and the church of San Menna, with its calm, balanced interior, decorated with mosaics in opus sectile that are famous all over Europe. The Aqueduct Carolino, an UNESCO heritage site, crosses through the territory, picking up water at the strata of the Taburno mountain from Fizzo sources and then transporting it along a winding underground path about 38 kilometers long, eventually reaching the Reggia di Caserta.