Montecalvo Irpino, Province of Avellino, Campania
The center is in the northern part of the province of Avellino, on the border with that of Benevento, upstream the confluence between the Miscano torrent and the river Ufita, and is included in the Ufita Mountain Community. Typical of its landscape are the "Bolle della Malvizza", small mud volcanoes that come to the surface in the central Miscano valley. By virtue of its main typical product, the bread of Montecalvo, the municipality is part of the "Associazione Nazionale Città del Pane".
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- Altitude: 623 m a.s.l
- Territory: mountainous
- Population: about 3500 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83037
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Grottaminarda, then 22 km
- Patron Saint: St. Felice celebrated on 30 August
- Frazioni & Localities: Abbondanza, Benvenuto, Buodano, Cappella Madonna di Pompei, Cesine, Corsano, Creta, Cusano, De Furia, Frascino, Malvizza di Sopra, Malvizza di Sotto, Masseria Parlante, Olivara, San Felice, Santo Spirito, Spinelli, Tressanti.
Where to stay
The origin of the town goes back to the Norman times when it was built on the ruins of the Roman Forum Novum. The importance of "Mons Calvus" is due to the ruins of an ancient cemetery and the precious potteries. The town grew under the Lombards and in the 12th century became fiefdom of the Portofranco family, and later belonged to the Mansella, Sabarno, Sforza, Guevara and Carafa families. Today the owners of the castle are still the Pignatelli family.
What to see
- The Bolle della Malvizza, 15 km from Montecalvo, a strange volcanic lake that produces a special mud and mephitic vapours.
- The church of St. Nicola of Bari, 17th century
- The Castello Ducale Pignatelli, on top of the inhabited center, named after the owners, the dukes of Pignatelli of Montecalvo; the stone walls, the cylindrical tower and charming fireplace can still be admired.
- The church of St. Martino, 13th century, repeatedly restored, with a fine bell tower, a square wooden vault and maiolica floor.
- The church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, 15th century
- The church of St. Gaetano Tiene, 17th century.
- The convent and hospital of Santa Caterina, 12th century, leaning on the medieval walls for about 1 km with the presence of two doors.
- The Palace and birth Home of St. Pompilio Maria Pirrotti, 18th century.
- Other fine palaces, such as the De Cillis, Caccese, Bozzuti, D'Orta, Panari, Peluso, Chiancone, Pizzillo, Striscia, Zupi, De Marco, Franco.