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Casalbore, Province of Avellino, Campania

Casalbore rises on the top of a hill in a dominant position over the Miscano Valley in the Apennines of Campania.
Since ancient times, the local economy has been based on food production, especially cereals (mainly wheat) and extra virgin olive oil, made from olives of the Ravece cultivar. The territory is crossed by the Pescasseroli-Candela tratturo and the Via Traiana, an ancient Roman road of which there are still traces in the Santo Spirito bridge on the Miscano river, included in the Via Francigena, a medieval religious itinerary.

Info

  • Altitude: 601 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 1700 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83034
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • Demonym: casalboresi
  • Patron Saint: Madonna della Neve celebrated on 5 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Cupa, Cupazzo, Frascino, Mainardi, Masseria San Pietro, Pagliarone, San Ferro, Sant'Elia, Schiavonesca, Todino.

History

The town was possibly founded in the 2nd century AD, under Emperor Traianus, then it was conquered by the Goths and in 571 AD included in the Lombard Dukedom. In 1020 the Normans arrived in Italy and in 1100 Giordano became lord of the town to pass the fiefdom to Ruggiero, who included Casalbore in the Kingdom of Sicily. In 1240 the town depended directly from Frederick II. After the Anjou domination many lords succeeded in power: the Mansella, the French Shabran family and during the 15th century the Sforza. In 1497 Casalbore came under the Neapolitan Caracciolos, who were to keep it until the late 18th century.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria dei Bossi, located in a very interesting archeological area, built over a roman funerary monument dating back to the 2nd century AD.
  • The Norman Tower and Castle.
  • The Ponte di Santo Spirito, also called the Devil's Bridge, dates back to 2nd century AD and is located along the via Traiana.
  • A Necropolis of the 6th century B.C., in Spineto and La Guardia.
  • The Grotto of San Michele.

Where to stay