Atripalda, Province of Avellino, Campania
In the Valley of the Sabato river which crosses the town, Atripalda takes its name, mentioned for the first time in 1086 as "Monte Atropoaldi", probably from Truppoaldo Racco, who was given a part of the lands of the province by his brother Count Madelfrit.
- Altitude: from 260 to 566 m a.s.l
- Territory: hilly
- Population: about 11000 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83042
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- Patron Saint: St. Sabino
- Frazioni & Localities: San Vincenzo, Alvanella, Santissimo, Savoroni, Sellitto, Spagnola, Valleverde.
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There are traces of the ancient Roman setlement of Abellinum in the area of the "Civita", abandoned in the 7th century AD when the population moved to a safer, higher area in the hill called "Castello", around the ancient church of Sant'Ippolisto. In the Middle Ages there were along the river watermills, iron, wool and paper factories, which made it a prosperous trade center. Its feudal lords were the Capece, then the Orsini, and finally the Caracciolo from 1564 to the abolition of the feudal system in 1806.
What to see
- The church of Sant'Ippolito, built in the 12th century around the Specus Martyrum (4th century AD), an ancient necropolis of early Christianity.
- The church of Santa Maria with annexed monastery.
- The church of San Giovanni Battista (16th century).
- Abellinum, archeological site of the ancient Roman city, with walls and towers, and inside a beautiful villa in the Pompeii style, in the plain below the town.
- The Dogana dei Grani, which hosts an exhibition reconstructing the history of the town.