Chiusano di San Domenico
|Chiusano di San Domenico|
|Comune di Chiusano di San Domenico|
|• Mayor||Antonio Reppucci|
|• Total||24.56 km2 (9.48 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|Population (1 May 2009 )|
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Michael Archangel|
|Saint day||8 May|
Chiusano di San Domenico is a town and comune in the province of Avellino, Campania, southern Italy. Situated at 750 meters above sea level, Chiusano is located on the western slope of Mount Tuoro. In recent years Chiusano has experienced stagnant population growth with its 2009 population of 2,428 residents below its 1991 population of 2,539.
Residence in Chiusano can be traced to the times of Ancient Rome based on the discovery of coins, pottery, and tombs. During the 11th Century the Lombards ruled the area and life in Chiusano centered on a castle that was constructed on nearby Mount Dominic.
Family Surnames and American Immigration
The five most popular surnames in Chiusano are Cataldo, Picardi, Dello Russo, Rizzo, and Muollo. A number of Italian-American families can trace their ancestry to Southern Italy due to the relatively high rates of poverty and limited economic opportunities available in that region compared to the more affluent Northern Italy. Consequently, several Italian-American families immigrated from Chiusano in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Immigration from Chiusano appears to be particularly acute to Boston, Massachusetts and its North End neighborhood. In fact, residents of Boston erected a monument in Chiusano celebrating the contributions of Chiusano residents during World War II. This monument features representatives of the Cataldo, Dello Russo, and Celata families.
Chiusano is home to multiple buildings of religious, historical, and architectural significance including The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli (1710), The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament of the Rosary (1712), and The Hermitage of Santa Maria Valley (1230).