Alvignano, Province of Caserta, Campania
Only 27 km from Caserta, Alvignano is situated along the slopes of the Trebulani Mountains, belonging to the imposing Montemaggiore chain. The center can be reached easily exiting the autostrada Rome-Naples at Caianello or Caserta nord.
- Population: about 4700 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 81012
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0823
- Demonym: alvignanesi
- Patron Saint: San Ferdinando d'Aragona, celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in July
- Frazioni & Località: Angiollilli, Annunziata, Faraoni, Marcianofreddo, Notarpaoli, Petrilli, Piazza, Rasignano, San Mauro, San Nicola.
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The name comes from Albinianum, a Roman town founded in honor of Marcus Aulius Albinus in the 2nd century AD. Originally a Samnite center called Compulteria became later a Roman municipium, an important trade center thanks to its strategic position and was furtherly enriched and embellished with monuments and public buildings by emperor Hadrian. Compulteria was destroyed by the Saracens between the 9th and 10th centuries, and a little distance away a new settlement, Alvignano, rose under the Normans.
During the Second World War Alvignano was a German headquarters.
What to see
- Basilica of Saint Maria di Compulteria: early Christian church, with typical mosaics in black and white and in colors.
- Castle of Allignano with four corner towers.
Events and Festivities
- On the first Sunday in July there is the patron feast in honor of Saint Ferdinand of Aragon, Bishop of Caiazzo, patron of Alvignano and Dragoni.