Taurano

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Taurano
Comune
Comune di Taurano
Taurano is located in Italy
Taurano
Taurano
Location of Taurano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°53′N 14°38′E / 40.883°N 14.633°E / 40.883; 14.633Coordinates: 40°53′N 14°38′E / 40.883°N 14.633°E / 40.883; 14.633
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Avellino (AV)
Area
 • Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population
 • Total 1,538
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Demonym Tauranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83020
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Maria SS. Assunta
Saint day 15 August

Taurano is a village and comune in the province of Avellino, in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Geography[edit]

The town lies in the Lauro Valley. It is bordered by Lauro, Monteforte Irpino, Moschiano, Pago del Vallo di Lauro and Visciano .

History[edit]

Bronze Age remains have been found in the area of Taurano, whose name derives from Latin, either the surname Taurus or the gentilic Taurius. It was a Samnite oppidum, destroyed by Romans under Sulla during the Social War.[citation needed] It later became a summer resort, and two Roman villas have been found from this period, one in Torre and one in San Giovanni in Palco.[citation needed]

In the Middle Ages it was part of the Feud of Lauro.[clarification needed] Villagers throughout the valley sought refuge in the mountains during the barbarian invasions.[clarification needed - which invasions?] Under the administrative reforms of Joachim Murat (King of Naples 1808–15), Taurano and the rest of the Lauro Valley became part of the province of Terra di Lavoro.[citation needed]

In the 19th century Taurano offered shelter to brigands such as Fra Diavolo, and anti-Bourbon conspirators such as Father Angelo Peluso.[citation needed] After unification, Taurano become an autonomous Commune except for a brief interruption.[clarification needed - what interruption?]

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