Auletta

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Auletta
Comune
Comune di Auletta
Auletta within the Province of Salerno
Auletta within the Province of Salerno
Auletta is located in Italy
Auletta
Auletta
Location of Auletta in Italy
Coordinates: 40°33′40″N 15°25′28″E / 40.56111°N 15.42444°E / 40.56111; 15.42444
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Battaglione, Cerreta, Mattina, Ponte, Tempe di Lizzi
Government
 • Mayor Pietro Pessolano
Area
 • Total 35 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)
 • Total 2,340
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Aulettesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84031
Dialing code 0975
Patron saint St. Donatus
Saint day August 17
Website Official website

Auletta is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.

History[edit]

According to a legend retold by historian Giovan Battista Pacichelli, the name of Auletta would stem from Auleto, one of Aeneas' companions. Another suggested origin is olea, the Latin word for "oil", and the town is mentioned as Olibola in 1095 and Olivola in 1131.

Auletta was already fortified around the year 1000, the castle also being built in this period.

Immediately the Unification of Italy, in 1861, the population rose against the Piedmontese Regio Esercito troops. 45 local people were killed in what is remembered as the Massacro di Auletta ("Auletta Massacre"). In 1943 it was bombed by the Allied due to the presence of a battery of German guns.

Geography[edit]

The bordering municipalities are Buccino, Caggiano, Corleto Monforte, Pertosa, Petina, Polla, Salvitelle and Sicignano degli Alburni.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Auletta at Wikimedia Commons