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Sperone, Province of Avellino, Campania

The flourishing agricultural center is located on the boundary between the provinces of Avellino and Naples, and belongs to the Union of the Baianese - Alto Clanis municipalities.
Originally a frazione of nearby Avella, in 1836 Sperone became autonomous municipality.

Info

  • Altitude: 175 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 3700 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 081
  • Demonym: speronesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Elia

History

The territory of Sperone was originally inside the walls of Avella. After the wars that Rome won against the Italic populations, a group of defeated Samnites was deported from their territory - Samnium, near current Molise, to the deserted, uninhabited territories of Irpinia. To this Samnite colony a small group of Ligurians, inhabitants of the present Liguria region, was aggregated.

After the fall of the Roman empire in 476 AD, at the time of barbarian invasions, the Roman town of Avella was destroyed and the inhabitants, who had taken refuge into the mountains, formed new settlements, which were long united with Avella. Little by little, groups of people settled south near the ancient church of St. Elia, and this hamlet gave rise to present Sperone.

Up to the 18th century it belonged to the Sforza of Celano.

What to see

  • The church of the Annunziata, located along the Puglie national road and almost completely rebuilt after the 1980 earthquake.
  • 19th-century Palazzo Vetrani and Palazzo Borselli.

Events

  • Religious festivities: Santa Croce (May 2), St.Antonio da Padova (June 13), patron St.Elia Prophet (February 20).

Where to stay