Gesualdo, Campania

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Gesualdo
Comune
Gesualdo (AV).jpg
Gesualdo is located in Italy
Gesualdo
Gesualdo
Location of Gesualdo in Italy
Coordinates: 41°00′N 15°04′E / 41.000°N 15.067°E / 41.000; 15.067Coordinates: 41°00′N 15°04′E / 41.000°N 15.067°E / 41.000; 15.067
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Avellino (AV)
Government
 • Mayor Edgardo Pesiri
Area
 • Total 27.34 km2 (10.56 sq mi)
Elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
Population (31 December 2017)
 • Total 3,446
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gesualdini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83040
Dialing code 0825
Patron saint St. Nicholas
Saint day December 6th
Website Official website

Gesualdo is an Italian town in the region of Campania, province of Avellino. It is called "The City of the Prince of Musicians," in honour of Carlo Gesualdo. It has many palaces, fountains, belvederes, and a historical center, which was partially restored after the Irpinia earthquake in 1980.

The town is located in the center of Irpinia, between the valleys of the rivers Fredane and Ufita. It is about 90 kilometres (56 mi) from Naples and 290 kilometres (180 mi) from Rome. Surrounding municipalities are Fontanarosa, Frigento, Grottaminarda, Paternopoli, Villamaina.

Main sights[edit]

  • Castle of Gesualdo, founded by Lombards in the 7th century, enlarged in the 15th. It was transformed by Carlo Gesualdo in the 16th and by the Cacceses in the 19th.
  • Chiesa Madre di San Nicola (Saint Nicholas Mother Church, 12th century)
  • Chiesa del Santissimo Sacramento (Blessed Sacrament Church) (Great Chapel).
  • Chiesa del Santissimo Rosario (Most Holy Rosary Church, 17th century)
  • Chiesa di Maria Santissima Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 17th century)
  • Capuchin convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, founded in the 16th century and enlarged in the 17th
  • Church of Santa Maria della Pietà (17th century)

Culture[edit]

Events in the village include:

  • Carnevale Gesualdino (Gesualdo Carnival), a parade of paperboard wagons and masked groups, held in the Carnival period
  • Saperi e sapori (Knowledge and flavours), food and wine festival in the old town, held in August
  • Gesualdo Folk Event, folk music festival at the foot of the Castlee, also held in August
  • Volo dell'Angelo (Flight of the Angel), the secular tradition that sees a child, dressed as an angel, tied to a rope, acrossing a square at a height of more than 20 metres (66 ft); last Sunday of August;
  • Vambalèrie (Bonfires), held on 30 November
  • Presepe Vivente (Living Nativity) in the old town, during the Christmas period.

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