Avellino Castle

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HISTORICAL NOTES | TOURIST INFORMATION

Historical Notes

The origins of Avellino Castle are vague, it was probably built by the Lombards at the end of the 9th and at the beginning of the 10th century. The town of Avellino was first recorded in 769. The Lombards, Normans, Aragons and Angevins fought over this strategic fortification for years. The Castle was therefore built as a fortress to protect the village from enemy raids.

The prince Camillo Caracciolo transformed it into a noble residence in 1611. Heavily damaged by several earthquakes, the Castle was completely abandoned during the plague of 1656. In the first half of the 18th century lots of Castle stones were used to build the new residence of the Caracciolo called Caracciolo Palace that is located in Piazza Libertà (Square).

Caracciolo Palace is actually the seat of the provincial administration offices.

Since many years, extensive works of restoration patronized by the City Hall of Avellino, have brought to life important archaeological finds, probably of Roman origins.

ONE LION FROM THE CASTLE, NOW IN THE BOURBON PRISON

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Tourist Information

 

Attractions in Avellino

 

Caracciolo Palace - p.zza Libertà

The Cathedral - p.zza Duomo

Clock Tower - Salita Orologio

The "Dogana" and the Obelisk of Charles II of Asburgo (known as the Bronze King) - p.zza Amendola

Carmine Church - via Carmine

"Three Cannuoli" Fountain - c.so Umberto

The Zoological Museum - c.so Umberto

"Casina del Principe" - c.so Umberto

The "Carlo Gesualdo" Theater - p.zza Castello

Tecta Fountain - via S. Antonio Abate

The Archaeological Museum - c.so Europa

The former Bourbon Prison with the Art Gallery - p.zza D'Armi

 

 

 

Accommodation

 

Viva Hotel - via Circumvallazione - tel.: +39.0825.25922

Hotel De La Ville - via Palatucci - tel.: +39.0825.780911

 

Local food & drink

 

Ristorante Barone - c.so Umberto - tel.: +39.0825.756040

Ristorante Pizzeria Vecchia Fontana - c.so Umberto

 

Places to go

 

Archaeological site in Atripalda

The Abbey of Loreto - Mercogliano

The Sanctuary of "Maria SS di Montevergine" - Mercogliano

 

February 2012

 

Fabio Massimo (1st century B.C.)

Tecta Fountain

Archaeological Museum

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