Province of Avellino

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Province of Avellino
Province
Palazzo Caracciolo, the provincial seat.
Palazzo Caracciolo, the provincial seat.
Coat of arms of Province of Avellino
Coat of arms
Map highlighting the location of the province of Avellino in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Avellino in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Campania
Capital(s) Avellino
Comuni 119
Government
 • Commissar Raffaele Coppola
Area
 • Total 2,792 km2 (1,078 sq mi)
Population (30 October 2012)[1]
 • Total 427,310
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83010-83018, 83020-83032, 83034-83054, 83056-83059
Telephone prefix 081, 082, 0824, 0825, 0827, 0835
Vehicle registration AV
ISTAT 064

The Province of Avellino (Italian: Provincia di Avellino) is a province in the Campania region of southern Italy. The area is characterized by numerous small towns and villages scattered across the province; only two towns have a population over 20,000: its capital city Avellino and Ariano Irpino.

Geography[edit]

It has an area of 2,792 km², and a total population of 427,310 in 2012. There are 119 comuni in the province.[2] See Comuni of the Province of Avellino.

It is an inner province, with no connection to the sea.

History[edit]

The ancient name of the area was "Hirpinia" (modern Italian: Irpinia), derived from the Oscan term hirpus ("wolf"), an animal that is still present in the territory, though in greatly reduced numbers.

In the medieval Kingdom of Naples (later Kingdom of Two Sicilies) the provincial area roughly corresponded to the Principato Ultra, though some places were included in Capitanata or Principato Citra. The modern province was established in 1860, after the unification of Italy.

The Lavandaia Falls at Montella.

Main sights[edit]

Tourist destinations are the Sanctuaries of Montevergine, San Gerardo Maiella of Caposele and San Francesco a Folloni; the ski resort of Laceno; the archeological areas of Avella and Aeclanum, the Lancellotti castle in Lauro, the medieval town of Gesualdo, the Roman ruins of Abellinum and the early Christian basilica in Prata. The Selachoidei National Gallery at Avellino houses one of the largest collections of cartilaginous fishes in the country.

Natural attractions include the Monti Piacentini and Partenio Regional Parks, together with two WWF sites, Valle della Caccia in Senerchia and the area around the Ofanto dam in Conza della Campania.

Cuisine[edit]

Typical products are hazelnuts (one third of the whole Italian production), the chestnut of Montella, the renowned wines Aglianico, Taurasi, Greco and Fiano, cherries, cheeses (as the caciocavallo of Montella), the black truffle of Bagnoli Irpino.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat
  2. ^ "Avellino Stats". UpiNet.it. 20 November 2007. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°54′55″N 14°47′23″E / 40.91528°N 14.78972°E / 40.91528; 14.78972