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Castelfranci, Province of Avellino, Campania

Castelfranci rises on the top of a majestic hill, along the banks of the Calore river, surrounded by oaks and fir-trees.
There are two hypotheses about the origin of its name. The first derives it from "castrum francorum", meaning French Fortress, due to the presence of the Franks in the area where the first medieval center was built, the other derives the toponym from the Delli Franci family.

Info

  • Altitude: 450 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 2000 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
  • How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Avellino Est, proceed for about 30 km along the S.S. 164, known as Ofantina.
  • Patron Saint: St. Maria del Soccorso, celebrated on the 1st Sunday in May; S. Nicola, celebrated on May 9
  • Frazioni & Localities: Vallicelli, Baiano, Bocchino, La Sala, Perillo, Sant'Eustachio, Storti, Valle.

Where to stay

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria del Soccorso: The earliest chapel dates back to the 15th century and was enlarged in the second half of the 18th. The bell tower with an octagonal cellar was built in 1600, but was partially ruined by recent earthquakes.
  • The church of San Pietro: originally built in the second half of 16th century was completely remade after 1955.