Castelvetere sul Calore, Province of Avellino, Campania
About 22 km from Avellino and 75 km from Naples, the small centre rises on the slopes of Mount Tuoro (1424 m), while in the valley below flows the river Calore Irpino.
The area is rich in various vines (barbera, sangiovese, coda di volpe); among these, Castelvetere is renowned for the aglianico taurasi, great both for grapes and wine. Of not less importance are the cultivations of olives, chestnuts, pears ("spadoni") and apples ("lemongelle").
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- Altitude: 750 m a.s.l
- Territory: hilly
- Population: about 1500 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83040
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
- Demonym: castelveteresi
- Patron Saint: Madonna delle Grazie celebrated on 2 July
- How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Avellino Est, then proceed for 18 km
- Frazioni & Localities: Campoloprisi, Cipollara, San Gregorio, Santa Lucia, Toppolocozzetto, Tremauriello, Vioni.
The settlement is ancient, as shown by traces of Roman rural settlements in Civitella. The toponym derives from Castellum Vetus, meaning Old Castle. Later "Sul Calore" was added for its position along the Calore river. The town developed around the castle built by the Lombard Lords. Along the centuries many feudal families followed one another, among them the Filangieri, the Caracciolo, the Gesualdo, the Ludovisi; the last lords were the De Beaumont family.
What to see
- The medieval castle
- The church of Madonna delle Grazie: Dating back to the 15th century, it was restored in 1614 and today still preserves in its façade the original, fine portal.
- The parish Church of the Assunta, built during the 16th century, which contains a number of beautiful 17th-century paintings, among them one by Luca Giordano's school.
- The "Fontana del Zoppo", built in local stone, was used in the past as public wash-house.