Pietradefusi

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Pietradefusi
Comune
Comune di Pietradefusi
Pietradefusi is located in Italy
Pietradefusi
Pietradefusi
Location of Pietradefusi in Italy
Coordinates: 41°03′N 14°53′E / 41.050°N 14.883°E / 41.050; 14.883Coordinates: 41°03′N 14°53′E / 41.050°N 14.883°E / 41.050; 14.883
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Avellino (AV)
Frazioni Dentecane, Sant'Angelo a Cancelli, Sant'Elena Irpina, Pappaceci
Government
 • Mayor Giulio Belmonte
Area
 • Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)
Population (January 1, 2008)
 • Total 2,524
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83030
Dialing code 0825
Patron saint San Faustino
Website Official website

Pietradefusi is a comune in the province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

History[edit]

According to some scholars, Pietradefusi lies on the site of the ancient Fusolae, a town cited by Livy as an ally of Hannibal during the Punic Wars, and which was later destroyed by the Romans.

The origins of the town are medieval (cited first from 1298) and it was fiefdom of many noble families such as the De Souzi, the De Tocco and the Acquaviva, but was also governed a long time by the Santa Casa dell'Annunziata of Naples. The Jesuits remember the town because one of their generals Claudio of Aragona, was born here in the times of Francesco Borgia.

Cardinal Niccolò Coscia was born here.

Main sights and cultural events[edit]

  • The Medieval Tower, located in the highest point of the town, was built in 1431 by Giacomo de Tocco. Around the Tower around the first dwellings rose.
  • The church of Collegiata (1700). The facade is from 1596. Ruined during the French occupation in 1799, it was rebuilt in 1827.
  • The church of St. Paulus (1800) situated in the center of Dentecane.

According to the tradition, the church of S. Apollinare and S. Spirito (no more existing) housed frescoes by Giotto.

Pietradefusi hosts is a Cinema Festival in September.