Atripalda: the Archaeological Sites of Abellinum and the Castle

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Historical notes

The present day town of Atripalda rose around the "Specus Martyrum", a Roman Christian cemetery of the town of Abellinum in the 9th century.

Abellinum was founded by Silla in 82 BC, on a hill called "Civita", on the left bank of the Sabato river.

The Archaeological site at Atripalda was first discovered in 1979, the works have brought to life finds of the Roman Empire: today we can see remains of the curtain Walls, the aqueduct and a huge Domus.

The Walls, the Forum and the Domus, that has a surface of 450 sq. m., were built in the 1st century.

TRUPPUALDO CASTLE

The History of Atripalda dates back to the Bronze Age (13th-10th century BC). The first nucleus of the city is partly located on the remains of Abellinum, that became a Roman colony under Silla (82 BC).

The Crisis of the Third Century was a period in which the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasions, plagues and economic depression. The war between Byzantines and Goths (535-555), the terrible earthquake of 346 AD and the Longobard domination in 571, pushed the inhabitants of the Roman colony of Abellinum to transfer to its present day position in Avellino.

So another nucleus of the city was founded on the left bank of the Sabato river, where, Truppualdo, Longobard count, built a fortress in the 11th century. The Castle was founded on the remains of a temple dedicated to the goddess Diana.

Today we can see only Remains of the Walls, made of tuff bricks and a tower.

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Tourist Information

 

Attractions in Atripalda

 

"Sant'Ippolisto Church" and the "Specus Martyrium"

 

Specus Martyrum - a Roman Christian cemetery of the town of Abellinum in the 9th century - is today the crypt of Sant'Ippolisto Church that was built in 1588

Caracciolo Palace (1500)

Customs House Grani and archaeological Museum (1800-1900)

Funerary Mausoleum (3rd century A.D.)

Early Christian Basilica (4th century A.D.)

Monks' Chapel (15th century)

S. Maria Church and Monastery (12th -15th cent.)

San Giovanni Battista Church and Monastery (end of 16th century)

Annunziata Church (16th century)

Santa Maria del Carmelo Church (17th century)

San Nicola Church ( 17th century)

Santa Maria Maddalena Church (17th century)

San Lorenzo Church (16th century)

Santa Maria delle Purità Church (18th century)

 

Accommodation

 

Hotel Frank - Via Circumvallazione 23 - tel.: +39.0825.623043 - Atripalda

Hotel Frank - Via Aversa 3 - tel.: +39.0825.626800 - Atripalda

Hotel Civita - Via Manfredi 124 - tel.: +39.0825.610471 - Atripalda

Hotel Malaga - Via Appia 93 - tel.: +39.0825.611501 - Atripalda

B&B Villa Battista - c.da Alvanite, 20 - tel.: +39.0825.623948

 

 

LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK

 

La via delle Taverne - via Teodoro Mommsen 11-13 - tel.: +39.0825.622564: +39.348.7759249

Valleverde Zì Pasqualina - via Pianodardine 112 - tel.: +39.0825.626115

'A Lanterna - via Rapolla - tel.: +39.0825.610162

LaTavola del Duca - via Manfredi - tel.: +39.0825.610471

La Locanda di Trichetto - via Belli 3 - tel.: +39.348.5183974

Quo Vadis - piazza Umberto I - tel.: +39.0825.626313

Da Rosa - via Circumvallazione - tel.: +39.0825.626263

Flacara - via Appia - tel.: +39.0825.626270

Totò Peppino e a Malafemmena - via Appia - tel.: +39.0825.627346

Trattoria Taverna Rock - piazza Sparavigna - tel.: +39.339.1338615

Pizzeria Bar Mikes - via Appia - tel.: +39.0825.624654

Pizzeria Mediterraneo - via Cesinali - tel.: +39.328.5349740

Pizzeria da Vincenzo - via Manfredi - tel.: +39.0825.623231

Pizzeria Blueorange - via Roma - tel.: +39.0825.627339

Pizzeria Il Muretto - via Melfi - tel.: +39.0825.610148

Pizzeria De Maio - via Circumvallazione - tel.: +39.0825.622140

Pizzeria Tonino - via Ferrovia - tel.: +39.0825.624000

Fratelli La Bufala - via Appia - tel.: +39.0825.610592

Pizzeria Pub Italia - traversa via Aversa - tel.: +39.338.5282215

Pizzeria Italia 2 - via Roma - tel.: +39.0825.1910053

Il Saltimbocca - via Appia

Ristorante Pizzeria Jalapa - c.da San Lorenzo - tel.: +39.0825.622001

Pizzeria C'era una volta - via Aversa - tel.: +39.0825.622459

 

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