Bellosguardo, Province of Salerno, Campania
The municipality comprises a mountain area in the Cilento, between the Fasanella ravine and the Ripiti river, within the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, which is also a Unesco biosphere reserve. The name of the small center is clearly allusive of the wonderful view over the surrounding countryside and mountains.
- Altitude: 559 m a.s.l
- Population: about 770 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 84020
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0828
- Demonym: bellosguardesi
- Patron Saint: St. Michele, celebrated on 29th September.
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The history of Bellosguado is related to Fasanella, an ancient town destroyed by Frederick II of Swabia. The old city center was built in Santo Manfredi, about 3 km from Sant'Angelo a Fasanella. In 1246 the town was destroyed by the emperor to punish Pandolfo from Fasanella, who had taken part to the Capaccio conspiracy. Later on Pandolfo was returned all his possessions by Charles of Anjou, and ordered a palace to be built for himself on the hill of Bellosguardo, where already was a military outpost. In the following centuries the inhabitants of Fasanella and Clitino began to relocate to Bellosguardo.
What to see
- The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (1512) originally a convent of the Friars Minor of St. Francis; inside there is a fresco representing the Deposition of Christ, attributed to the school of Giotto, and several wooden statues including that of the Madonna delle Grazie, carved in Naples in the early 18th century and covered with a layer of gold.
- The church of St. Michael the Archangel, which preserves three frescoes by Pasquale Avallone from Salerno.