Melito Irpino

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Melito Irpino
Comune di Melito Irpino
Melito town hall
Melito town hall
Melito Irpino within the Province of Avellino
Melito Irpino within the Province of Avellino
Melito Irpino is located in Italy
Melito Irpino
Melito Irpino
Location of Melito Irpino in Italy
Coordinates: 41°6′15″N 15°3′12″E / 41.10417°N 15.05333°E / 41.10417; 15.05333Coordinates: 41°6′15″N 15°3′12″E / 41.10417°N 15.05333°E / 41.10417; 15.05333
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Avellino (AV)
Frazioni Cozza, Fontana del Bosco, Incoronata
 • Total 20.71 km2 (8.00 sq mi)
Elevation 450 m (1,480 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,936
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Melitesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83030
Dialing code 0825
Patron saint Saint Giles
Saint day 1 September
Website Official website

Melito Irpino is a town and comune in the province of Avellino, in the Campania region of south-western Italy. As of 2011 its population was of 1,936.[1]


The remains of the ancient Melito were found in 1880. According to some theories, it could be a suburban village belonging to Aeclanum, but the prevailing theory suggests that it was the ancient village of Melae (or Melas). In Ab Urbe Condita (book XXIV, chapter X), Titus Livius wrote that Melae was destroyed in 215 BC by the troops of Claudius Marcellus and Quintus Fabius, during the Second Punic War.[2]


The municipality is located in the northern area of its province, next to the one of Benevento. Crossed by the river Ufita, it borders with Apice (BN), Ariano Irpino, Bonito and Grottaminarda.[3] Its hamlets (frazioni) are the villages of Cozza, Fontana del Bosco and Incoronata.

The town is 5 km far from Grottaminarda, 9 from Ariano Irpino, 30 from Benevento and 48 from Avellino. Nearest motorway exit is located in Grottaminarda, on the A16 Naples-Bari.


Main sights[edit]



  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011
  2. ^ a b History of Melito Irpino (municipal website)
  3. ^ 41100 (x a j h) Melito Irpino on OpenStreetMap
  4. ^ (in Italian) Melito Irpino on (Italian ghost towns website)
  5. ^ (in Italian) The Castle of Melito Irpino on

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