Taurasi, Province of Avellino, Campania
- Altitude: 398 m a.s.l
- Population: about 2300 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83030
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
- Demonym: taurasini
- Patron Saint: St. Marciano of Frigento, celebrated on 14 June
- Frazioni & Localities: Trignana, Bosco, San Pietro, Sant'Arcangelo, Isca, San Martino.
History - Antiquity
Near this town in 273 BC Roman consul Manlius C. Dentatus defeated the armies of Pyrrhus. During the Punic Wars, the Taurasini sided with Hannibal and afterwards suffered almost total annihilation by the Romans. Later on Taurasia became a "foederata" (=allied) of Rome. In the almost depopulated territories in 181-180 B.C. the Liguri-Apuani were deported and the name was latinized to "Taurasium".
After the battle of Philippi, in 42 B.C. the territory was given to the veteran Roman soldiers, and the new owners began to build villas. In this historical period the cultivation of the "Hellenic" wine grapes spread.
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
During the 17th century, more than half the inhabitants were victims of the plague epidemic. The fiefdom then passed to the Carafa d'Aragona and, from 1726, to the Latilla until the abolition of feudalism in 1806.
- In August, the "Taurasi Wine Fair", attended by thousands of visitors.
What to see
- The historical center, with the imposing castle and lovely dwellings with stone portals.
- The church of San Marciano Bishop, in Largo Duomo, existing already in the 7th century AD, but completely rebuilt in the 18th century.
- The church of the Santissimo Rosario, dating back to 1582, adjoined to the Dominican Convent, where today the townhall is hosted.
Where to stay
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