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Vallata, Province of Avellino, Campania

Vallata is located in Irpinia on the border with Daunia, on the territorial belt that leads to Puglia, in a historical-geographical area called Baronia.
The toponym might derive from its position, as guarding the green valleys below the Ufita and Calaggio streams, dominated by the Baronia Massif (Monte Santo Stefano, 1000 m., Monte di Trevico 1096 m.); or also from the Latin "vallum", a defense system made of entrenchment or ditch with palisades.

Info

  • Altitude: 870 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 2600 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83059
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
  • How to reach it: Autostrada Napoli - Bari, exit Vallata
  • Demonym: vallatesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Bartolomeo celebrated on 24 August.
  • Frazioni & Localities: Sferracavallo.

History

Findings of recent excavations testify to the presence of a Samnite settlement already in prehistoric times. The first record of a settlement named Vallata dates back to 1111 AD, when in a document reference is made to one "Ruggero from Vallata".

What to see

  • The churches of St. Rocco(18th century) and St. Vito (17th century)
  • The church of Santa Maria, rebuilt in 1930 is famous for the procession of Good Friday, with men dressed in white with hoods on their head and children with olive branches in their hands.
  • The church of San Bartolomeo rebuilt between the 16th and 18th century, preserving the relics of San Vito and San Felice in a 1725 urn. Also a 1627 painting by artist Giovanni Lanfranco.
  • The historical center, with its fine, picturesque architecture of narrow streets, pretty squares and rich palaces, such as Palazzo Netta and Palazzo Gallicchio.

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