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.