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Salza Irpina, Province of Avellino, Campania

In the verdant, luxuriant valley bathed by the Salzola stream, on the slopes of Mounts Serrone and Faggiato, rises Salza Irpina, a quiet center included in the Mountain Community of Terminio Cervialto, rich in waters and springs.

The demonym seems to derive from the Latin "salsus" (=salty), with reference to a nearby spring of salty waters from which salt was extracted in ancient times.

Info

  • Altitude: 540 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 730 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 83050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • Demonym: salzesi
  • Patron Saint: Santi Pietro e Paolo, Madonna della Neve.

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History

The settlement rose in Roman times, as proven by numerous archaelogical finds. The most famous feudal lords of the place were the Caracciolo and the Cattaneo family from Sannicandro.

What to see

  • The private church of the Balestrieri family with a beautiful portal with the family coat of arms.
  • The church of San Sebastiano, dated 1547, with interesting 18th century paintings.
  • The church of Saints Pietro and Paolo (17th century)
  • The fountain-washhouse that drew water from a Roman aqueduct of which today only some ruins are extant.
  • The Mulino Imperiale, a mill once used by all Salzese and fed by a local spring, that owes its name to the noble family who bought it together with Palazzo Berio.
  • The beautiful palaces Imperiali and Capozzi
  • The medieval gate called Porta di Salza.

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