Somma Vesuviana

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Somma Vesuviana
Comune
Comune di Somma Vesuviana
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Coat of arms of Somma Vesuviana
Coat of arms
Somma Vesuviana is located in Italy
Somma Vesuviana
Somma Vesuviana
Location of Somma Vesuviana in Italy
Coordinates: 40°52′21″N 14°26′13″E / 40.87250°N 14.43694°E / 40.87250; 14.43694
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Naples (NA)
Frazioni Somma, Mercato Vecchio, Casamale, Rione Trieste, Santa Maria del Pozzo, Starza della Regina, San Sossio
Government
 • Mayor Raffaele Allocca
Area
 • Total 30.74 km2 (11.87 sq mi)
Elevation 165 m (541 ft)
Population (30 September 2011)
 • Total 35,265
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Demonym Sommesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80049
Dialing code 081
Patron saint St. Januarius
Saint day September 19
Website Official website

Somma Vesuviana is a town and comune in the province of Naples, Campania, southern Italy.

History[edit]

Before the Roman colonization, the area of today's Somma Vesuviana was probably inhabited by Italics populations like Samnites and Oscans. Later it became a vacation place for the rich patricians of Rome, who built here magnificent villas. A villa of emperor Augustus was discovered in the 1930s in the frazione of Starza della Regina, where he probably passed his last days of life. The villa was probably buried during the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 CE.

Main sights[edit]

  • The ancient quarter of Casamale has walls of Aragonese times.
  • The Collegiata church
  • Church of San Domenico
  • Church of Santa Maria del Pozzo (15th century). Its cloister is home to a museum of the peasant culture of the area.