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Capriglia Irpina, Province of Avellino, Campania

The name of the town probably comes from "capra" (= goat), that also appears in the coat of arms of the municipality, since the economy of the area was once based on sheep and goats raising. Another etymology is linked to the noble family Capriolo, who were in Capriglia until the 18th century.

Info

  • Altitude: 575 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 2400 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83010
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Avellino East, proceed for 5 km
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola of Bari celebrated on 6 December
  • Frazioni & Localities: Breccelle I, Breccelle II, Casale, Marzano, Pozzo del Sale, San Felice, Spinielli, Taverna Orneta.

History

The first lord was Giovandotto, nephew of the King of Sicily, to whom the Capriglia territory belonged. In 1075 Giovandotto sold his property to the de Fragneto family. The church of St. Nicola of Bari was built in the year 900 AD. Fifty years later the Guerriero family, lords of the town, went to live in the new castle, today known as the Carafa Castle.

In 1171 Ruggero de Fragneto unified Capriglia with Sant'Angelo a Scala, then in 1419 the town passed to the Caracciolo family. Some years afterwards Capriglia, with the barony of Sant'Angelo a Scala, was occupied by the Carafa family as Isabella Caracciolo's dowry, when she married the Count of Maddaloni. The Carafas, a very powerful, noble family, used the Capriglia Castle as their summer residence.

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