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Frigento, Province of Avellino, Campania

Frigento is located about 40 km from Avellino and about 100 km from Naples in central Irpinia and is spread over three hills, overlooking the wide Ufita valley to the north, the Fredane basin to the south, the Ansanto valley to the east and the Calore basin to the west.

Info

  • Altitude: 911 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 3600 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 83040
  • Phone Area Code: 0825
  • Patron Saint: St. Marciano celebrated on 14 June
  • Frazioni & Localities: Cellara, Pagliara, Corno, Fontana Levara, Mattine, Piano della Croce, San Cosimo, San Silvestro, Tre Masserie.

Where to stay

What to see

  • The Parish Church, built in the 4th century AD on the ruins of a pagan temple in the Romanesque style.
  • The Church of Purgatorio and St. Marciano, at the entrance of the town, dedicated to the patron saint.
  • Archeological excavations in Pila di Piani, that revealed remains of a Roman villa.

History

The name of the town derives from the Latin expression "A populi frequentia", which might mean "away from meeting people". There are many Roman remains, witnesses of a glorious past, among them the temple of goddess Mefite, which was visited by Cicero and Virgil.

In the Middle Ages the town was included in the Lombard Dukedom of Benevento. Later on, was destroyed by the Saracens in 926, rebuilt and destroyed again 60 years later by a terrible earthquake and again rebuilt in the same place. Frigento probably had a castle, however there are no documents about it, though there is an area called "Castelluccio".

The town belonged to the Gesualdo, to the Filangeri and to the Caracciolo families. In spite of damages from the many earthquakes, the last of them as recently as 1980, the town is back to its ancient beauty.