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|Montella (AV) Italia|
|Comune di Montella|
|• Total||82.86 km2 (31.99 sq mi)|
|Elevation||546 m (1,791 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2012)|
|• Density||95/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Rocco|
|Saint day||16 August|
Montella is an Italian town and comune (municipality) in the province of Avellino, Campania, with a population of 8,013. The zone was inhabited already in the neolithic period. The town was born like Samnites' village in the 1st millennium BC, to become a municipality of the Roman empire and a town under the Longobards.
Montella et gelidi valete fontes/ et silvae et nemore alta castanetis— Giano Anisio, 1540 ca.
Montella is known for its chestnuts, and the comune organizes the Sagra Castagna di Montella (Montella Chestnut Festival) each fall. An eco-museum dedicated to the chestnut, the Museo della Castagna Montella, opened in 2014.
Part of the comune of Montella is also encompassed by Monti Picentini Regional Park, a mountainous natural preserve in Campania which is host to many types of mushrooms as well as cave systems.
The Convent of Saint Francis at Folloni is nearby. According to tradition, it was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in AD 1221-1222 when he was turned away from the town due to fears of leprosy. The saint and his fellow travelers slept under a tree and were miraculously protected from the snow. After this event, they founded the friary and it remains there today.
People from Montella
Italian singer Aurelio Fierro was born in the town. Basketball coach Geno Auriemma, a member of both the Naismith Memorial and Women's Basketball Halls of Fame, was also born in the commune, although he emigrated with his family to the United States at age 7. The grandparents of American actress Maria Bello came from Montella. Also born in Montella was Leonarda Cianciulli, the serial killer later known as the "Soapmaker of Correggio".
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- Puleo, Gary (11 August 2015). "Holy Saviour Feast in Norristown celebrates Italian heritage". Montgomery Media. Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
Media related to Montella at Wikimedia Commons
- (in Italian) Montella official website
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