|Comune di Grottaminarda|
View of Grottaminarda
|Province / Metropolitan city||Avellino (AV)|
|• Mayor||Giovanni Ianniciello (since June 13, 2004)|
|• Total||28 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||304 m (997 ft)|
|Population (December 31, 2004)|
|• Density||300/km2 (770/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Thomas|
This charming town is rich of art and history. Located at the intersection of important trade routes Regio Tratturo that has rendered the passage from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic shoreline easy. Since its origins the economy of the village was tied to the commerce with the populations of passage.
Today, Grottaminarda's vibrant industrial district provides jobs for workers commuting from nearby cities. Many small and medium farms are present as well. The comune is a produce of torrone and salami. A large market, including vendors of fruit, vegetables, cheese, salami and a wide variety of household items is held every Monday. It is worthwhile to get there early as the market stall holders tend to pack up from around noon. An 1868 publication described it has having a population of 3500 and that the town is set on "rising ground in the midst of vineyards and corn-fields".
Places of interest are the churches of S. Maria Maggiore, Santuario di Carpignano and San Michele, and many ancient monuments.
Grottaminarda is the mother town of Carpignano, where the Santuario di Carpignano is located (a grand church).
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