Very close to the Arch of Trajan (to which it owes its name – because during the Lombard domination, this was incorporated into the new city walls, becoming the “golden” gate of the city) -, the complex includes the former Church of Sant’Ilario in Port’Aurea, an early medieval building and the remains of a building complex of the imperial era (II century AD) that testifies to an archaeological pre-existence.


The Church of Sant’Ilario, built between the end of the seventh and the first half of the eighth century, consists of an apsidal hall with two slightly unequal spans. The outer covering is formed by two separate lanterns with a pavilion roof.

Later a convent was added. Some of its remains are still visible; worthy of note are the cisterns and wells for the collection of water.

In the late ancient age, the complex was abandoned and only a part of it was recovered and incorporated into new walls, probably for military or defensive use. It suffered damage during the earthquake of 1688, which made it unusable and the church, after being deconsecrated, was used as a farmhouse.

In 1974 the Province of Benevento bought the complex and after the restoration of the church which took place thanks to the cooperation of the Archaeological Superintendence, the Province of Benevento and the capital Municipality, on December 8, 2004 the “Museo dell’Arco”, the Arch of Trajan museum, was inaugurated inside the former church. Through a multimedia video it aims to report the military exploits and the program of the Emperor Trajan represented in the reliefs that adorn the victory arch named after him.

In 2012 the project “Percorsi di Segni ed Emozioni” was launched in order to receive the disabled public as well. Using AV equipment, the sign communication system (Lis) and Braille writing, children and adults with disabilities, in particular audio-impaired and video-impaired ones, can have access to the Complex and to the Museo dell’Arco di Traiano in a completely autonomous way.

Inside the monumental complex you can enjoy, free of charge, a guided tour of the archaeological park, the former early medieval church, the “Museo dell’Arco“, as well as informative material in English.

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TICKETS

SINGLE – valid for two days, it allows access to the Museo del Sannio, the Cloister of the Church of Santa Sofia, Palazzo Casiello, the Egyptian section and the Museo dell’Arco di Traiano.

  • FULL€ 6,00
  • REDUCED € 4,00 – all residents in Benevento and its province; groups of at least 20 people; over 65 years; Italian and foreign students of every order and degree in possession of a valid document; International Student Card holders; Italian Touring Club members; CTS members; members of the “Associazione Amici del Museo”.
  • FREE ENTRY– disabled; educators and teachers accompanying schoolchildren; journalists; tourist guides; servicemen; local administrators; guests and employees of the Province; members of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and members of museums belonging to local entities in possession of a regular card of recognition.

COMPLEX OF SANT’ILARIO ONLY ADMISSION

  • FULL TICKET € 2,00
  • REDUCED all residents in Benevento and its province; groups of at least 20 people; over 65 years; Italian and foreign students of every order and degree in possession of a valid document; International Student Card holders; Italian Touring Club members; CTS members; members of the “Associazione Amici del Museo
  • FREE ENTRY – disabled; educators and teachers accompanying schoolchildren; journalists; tourist guides; servicemen; local administrators, guests and employees of the Province; members of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and members of museums belonging to local entities in possession of a regular card of recognition.

HOW TO REACH THE COMPLEX OF SANT’ILARIO

  • Telephone: CUP (booking centre) 345 7542984
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 18:30 – closed on Mondays
  • Email: musei_bn@sannioeuropa.com
  • Address: Via San Pasquale, Benevento