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Gesualdo, Province of Avellino, Campania

The center rises on some hills in a valley along the right side of the river Fredano Valley, and takes its name from legendary knight Gesualdo who in 650 AD, during the war between the Lombards and the Byzantines, sacrificed himself in order to defend his duke, who as a reward donated the lands of present-day Gesualdo to the knight's heirs.

Info

  • Altitude: 676 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 3400 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 83040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • Demonym: Gesualdini
  • Patron Saint: St Nicola celebrated on 6 December
  • How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Grottaminarda; then proceed along the S.S. 303 and the S.S. 428 for 11 km.
  • Frazioni & Localities: Piano della Croce, Torre dei Monaci.

What to see

  • The Norman Castle
  • The Church of San Nicola, 18th century
  • The church of SS. Sacramento or "Il Cappellone", 17th century
  • The church of Afflitti, 17th century.

Where to stay

Events

  • Last Sunday in August: the Volo dell'Angelo (flight of the angel) dedicated to Saint Vincent Ferrari.

History

The ancient village was founded during the Lombard domination, though many archeological remains point to a much older origin. In the Middle Ages it was property of the Gesualdo family. Destroyed by Ferdinand of Aragona, it suffered a terrible earthquake in 1694 and was sacked by the French in 1799.