Manocalzati, Province of Avellino, Campania
Only 7 kilometers from Avellino, along the right bank of the river Sabato and surrounded by thick vegetation, Manocalzati is a place of ancient agricultural traditions, the main produce being cereals, hazelnuts, chestnuts, wine grapes.
More recently, it has changed into an active, modern center with accommodation facilities and leisure centers.
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- Altitude: 450 m a.s.l
- Population: about 3100 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83030
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- Demonym: manocalzatesi
- Patron Saint: St. Marco Evangelista celebrated on 25 April
- Frazioni & Localities: San Barbato.
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What to see
- The church of Saint Michael (second half of the 18th century) with one nave and a belltower built in the 16th century.
- The church of Saint Anna, 18th century.
- The medieval Historical Centre, with narrow streets and lovely palaces with decorated portals of the 18th and 19th centuries.
- The small hamlet of San Barbato, with medieval houses surrounding the Norman castle which overlooks the whole Serinese valley.
Where to stay
The origins of the settlement are very old, since traces of the Iron age have been found. Both Manocalzati and San Barbato were a fiefdom of the San Barbato family. The etymology is disputed: either from a Roman matron named Manuzia, or a feudal family, or from the Latin "loco malecalbiati" (=hardly bare, with reference to the thick vegetation), as appears in a document of 1038, or also from "hairy" (such would have been the Manocalzatesi).