Grottaminarda, Province of Avellino, Campania
The center is located on a ridge at the entrance of the middle Ufita valley, on the edge of the Catauro and Tamauro hills.
The settlement us along an important road junction that since prehistoric times connected the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast, thanks to the presence of natural communications routes, which were re-used in Roman times by a variant of the Appia (Via Aurelia Aeclanensis) and later by the Nazionale delle Puglie (state road SS 7bis di Terra di Lavoro).
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- Altitude: 405 m a.s.l
- Territory: hillside
- Population: about 8000 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83035
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- Demonym: grottesi
- Patron Saint: St. Tommaso of Aquino celebrated on 7 March
- How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Grottaminarda
- Frazioni & Localities: Bosco, Carpignano, Ciavolone, Conduttiello, Feudo Cortesano, Filette, Ischia Cardone, Marmore, San Martino, San Pietro, Schivito, Tremolizzi.
Where to stay
The original settlement, located in La Fratta, dates back to the Lombard domination. The earliest inhabited areas included Fratta and the Crypt known as the grotto of Sant'Angelo, the Saint most venerated by the Lombards. The word "Mainarda" was added from the first feudal lord, knight Trogisio called the Mainardo, because he had come from the French Region of Main.
What to see
- The medieval village of Fratta.
- The D'Aquino Castle.
- The church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built on a project by architect Vanvitelli.
- The "Fontana del Re", built in the 16th century
- The church of San Tommaso D'Aquino hosting a wooden group of the Pietà of the first half of the 16th century.