Lapio, Province of Avellino, Campania
Lapio is an agricultural center in the heart of Irpinia, 20 km from Avellino and 25 from Benevento, in a valley on the left bank of the Calore river, near mount Tuoro.
The toponym may derive from the Latin "lapideum" (rocky, stony), or from "Apia", a variety of grapes already known in Roman times.
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- Altitude: 500 m a.s.l
- Territory: hilly
- Population: about 1500 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 83030
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- Demonym: Lapiani
- Patron Saint: san Pietro martire celebrated on 29 April
- How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Avellino East, at 8km from the main road of Ofantina, towards Chiusano
- Frazioni & Localities: Arianello, Casale Monaci, Cerreto, Cortejoanna, Tognano.
Where to stay
Lapio is already mentioned in a document of 894 AD. From the year 1000 the town followed the events linked to the Filangieri family, who owned it for about seven centuries, until 1806, the year when feudalism was abolished.
What to see
- The church of Santa Caterina with a beautiful stone portal and bell tower on the side of the façade
- The Palazzo baronale: Residence of the Filangieri family from the 16th century.
- The church of Carmine
- The church of Santa Maria della Neve: begun in 1600, the present construction goes back to the beginning of the century. Inside the church are kept paper pulp statues symbolizing religious figures of the new testament. On Easter they are exhibited to the public during a folk event.
- The Convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli. The ruins of the ancient religious complex can be seen in the area called Le Marmore.