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Roccabascerana, Province of Avellino, Campania

Located in Irpinia, Roccabascerana lies on the border between the provinces of Avellino and Benevento, close to a hill on the Apennine slopes dividing the Caudina and Sabato Valleys.
The center is appreciated for pottery works, as well as the pure air and breathtaking views that the surrounding Mount Brecciato, the Selva Renna and the streams (Serretelle and Bascerano) offer.

Info

  • Altitude: 417 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 2300 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 83016
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • Demonym: rocchesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Giorgio celebrated on 23 April
  • Frazioni & Localities: Barbati, Bottilli, Caraccioli, Cassano, Caudino, Principi, Severini, Squillani, Tufara Valle, Tuoro, Vernilli, Zolli.

History

The origins of Roccabascerana go back to the Lombard times when it was called Guasciarana. In 971 AD it was a fiefdom of the bishop of Benevento; in 1225 it was part of the abbey of Montevergine; the last lord was Giuseppe Leonessa. In 1634 it was completely destroyed by an earthquake, then in 1660 a plague epidemic decimated the population.

Where to stay

What to see

  • The church of San Nicola (19th century) in contrada Tufara
  • The churches of St. Stefano and Maria Santissima in Squillani
  • The Medieval tower built as a defensive watch tower.
  • The Palazzo dei Principi (17th century) close to the watch tower erected by the Leonessa family.
  • The church of St. Giorgio
  • The church of St. Leonardo
  • The Cappella della Confraternita del Rosario with 18th century paintings.
  • In the nearby hamlet of Cassano Caudino, the Chapel dedicated to Nostra Signora di Lourdes and the church of St. Andrea (19th century).