Tufo, Province of Avellino, Campania
Rising upstream of the river Sabato, a left tributary of the Calore, Tufo is a flourishing agricultural center, and also a fascinating destination for nature lovers who can explore the surroundings on horseback.
The center is famous in Italy and abroad for the Greco di Tufo, a DOC white wine of the highest quality, that owes its peculiar taste to the local sulfur-rich soils.
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- Altitude: 250 m a.s.l
- Population: about 850 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 83010
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
- How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Avellino Est, toward Pratola Serra, then S.S. 371 toward Altavilla Irpina
- Patron Saint: St. Michele celebrated on 29 September
- Frazioni & Localities: Bosco Palata, San Paolo, Santa Lucia, Santo Stefano, Varcaturo.
The origins of the place date back to Lombard times; later on it was a fiefdom of Count Ariano. There are imposing industrial ruins of sulfur mines, which were an important resource in the past, when sulfur was in great demand since it was used in agriculture against parasites.
What to see
- The Castle, where the court of the Del Tufo family lived.
- The sulphur mines officially discovered in 1866.
- The Grotto of San Michele Arcangelo, over 50 meters deep.
- The church of SSanta Maria Assunta.