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Taurano, Province of Avellino, Campania

The center rises at the edge of the Piana Campana on a ridge of Mount Pietra Maula, in a dominant position on an area that reaches as far as Naples.

The urban center is well blended with the surrounding greenery of oak woods, olive and hazelnut groves, enriched by the presence of numerous mineral water springs.

Info

  • Altitude: 300 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1500 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 081
  • Demonym: tauranesi
  • Patron Saint: Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo celebrated on 16 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fraconia, Pantanielli, Sant'Angelo, Scalzapreti, Torre.

History

The toponym derives from the Taurius gens or the Taurus surname. It was an ancient Samnite "oppidum", destroyed by Sulla during the social war. Many Roman ruins have been found in the area, such as a roman villa of the first century AD with baths and a mosaic floor. In the area of Pantanelli and Fraconia two roman mansions were found: in one there is a tuff cave with early Christian graffiti. More studies will probably allow to reconstruct the ancient history of the place, which must have been a settlement of importance in Roman times.

In the Middle Ages it was part of the fief of Lauro and was under various families such as the Del Balzo, Orsini di Nicola, and Lancellotti. In the early 19th century was part of the province of Terra di Lavoro; during the Italian Risorgimento, Taurano gave protection to anti-Bourbon conspirators, such as Friar Angelo Peluso, and brigands like Fra Diavolo. After 1861 Taurano became an independent municipality and was included in the province of Avellino.

What to see

  • The church of the Assunta
  • The church of the Madonna of the Rosary (1700).
  • The convent of S. Giovanni in Palco (1300). The cloister is painted with scenes on the life of S. Francis of Assisi and in the refectory frescoes of the last supper. From all over the valley the high bell tower of the convent can be admired.

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