Paternopoli, Province of Avellino, Campania

The settlement rises among the hills of central Irpinia, in the middle Calore valley. Located in a highly seismic district, Paternopoli was hit by the earthquake of 23 November 1980 which caused several victims, injured and many displaced people.


  • Altitude: 501 m a.s.l.
  • Population: about 2300 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83052
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
  • Demonym: paternesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola celebrated on 6 December

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The toponym derives from "Paternum", name given in medieval times to the hill which became a refuge for hermits called "Patres" who became an important reference for the poor people of the area. It was called "Paterno" until 1863.