Altavilla Irpina, Province of Avellino, Campania
Archelogical remains testify the presence of human settlements since very ancient times, though the little town is of medieval origin. In the territory there are the old sulphur mines, an interesting example of industrial archeology. The area is also noteworthy for the production of the refined Greco di Tufo wine, the oldest variety of the Avellino area, imported from Thessaly by the Pelasgian peoples.
- Altitude: 334 m a.s.l
- Territory: hilly
- Population: about 4800 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 83011
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- How to reach it: it is located along State Road 88, 15 Km from Avellino and 16 Km from Benevento.
- Patron Saint: St. Bernardino from Siena
- Frazioni & Localities: Carbocisi, Pincera, Ponte dei Santi, Turone.
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What to see
- The Palazzo comitale (15th centiry) in the Renaissance style, built by Andrea De Capua for his wedding with Costanza di Chiaromonte (former wife of king Ladislaw Anjou).
- The church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, rebuilt in the 18th century on a previous 12th century church, witha superb "paliotto" (altar-piece) of the 17th century, chapel of blessed Alberico Crescitelli from Altavilla with relics of San Pellegrino, an early Christian martyr
- The church of Santissima Annunziata (14th century) with a fresco of the Annunciation.
- The Museo Civico "della gente senza storia", with pottery of pre-Roan times and original folk costumes.
- Monastero dei Virgiliani (17th century), presently the seat of the Townhall.
- Sulphur Mines, opened in 866 by Federico Capone, on the right bank of the Sabato river. By the time of the First World War over 800 miners worked here, extracting 3% of the world's supply.