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Villamaina, Province of Avellino, Campania

Located on a hill about 500 meters above sea level, near a mythological place, the Valle d'Ansanto, sung by Virgil in the Eneide, Villamaina is also a "spa" resort thanks to the presence, in the immediate vicinity, of the Terme di San Teodoro.
Many houses were rebuilt after the 1980 Irpinia earthquake as a result of which two churches also collapsed and one was seriously damaged.

Info

  • Altitude: 560 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 970 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83050
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0825
  • Patron Saint: St. Paolino
  • Frazioni & Localities: Bagni di San Teodoro, Formolano, Vertoli, San Paolino.

History

The origins are medieval and in Norman times Villamaina was a citadel of the Barony of Frigento. It was later owned by the Gesualdo and Caracciolo families.

What to see

  • The Arco Civile, with a sun dial.
  • The Chapel of Carmine.
  • The church of Santa Maria of Costantinopoli.
  • The Terme di San Teodoro, known since ancient times for the therapeutic properties of their waters, have been restored and reopened after a long period of abandonment. On the right side of the spa complex there is a small, ancient church that has recently been consecrated.

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