|Comune di Melito Irpino|
Melito town hall
Melito Irpino within the Province of Avellino
|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)|
|• Density||93/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Giles|
|Saint day||1 September|
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.
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. Its hamlets (frazioni) are the villages of Cozza, Fontana del Bosco and Incoronata.
- The medieval old town, damaged by the 1962 Irpinia earthquake.
- The medieval castle in the old town.
- Tonino Sorrentino (b. 1985), footballer
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