Santa Paolina, Province of Avellino, Campania
It is part of the mountain community Partenio - Vallo di Lauro, and is today mainly an agricultural center renowned for the production of high-quality wines, though it still preserves its traditions of tombolo lace.
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- Altitude: 550 m a.s.l
- Population: about 1200 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 83030
- Dialing Area Code: +39 081
- Patron Saint: Santa Paolina
- Frazioni & Localities: Castelmozzo, Marotta, Picoli, Passo-Serra, Pietrarola, Ponte Zeza, Sala, Santa Lucia, Viturano.
A hamlet of the Montefusco Barony originally called San Felice, in the 18th century belonged to the Monte della Misericordia of Naples. Destroyed by a ruinous landslide in 1814, it was rebuilt around the church of Santa Paolina, from which the new name.
It was based in the past mainly on agriculture and crafts with pottery factories in the Crete area. The Tombolo was widespread, which was a typical resource, and the trade in horses and pack animals was very active and is still partly present. The production of the Greco di Tufo and the Aglianico grapes have origins that are lost in the mists of time, however the intensive cultivation of these wine grapes dates back only to the 1960s.
What to see
- The church of S. Paolina Madre, which dates back to the 18th century and preserves remarkable paintings.