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Montella (AV) Italia
Comune di Montella
Montella ai piedi dei monti.jpg
Montella (AV) Italia is located in Italy
Montella (AV) Italia
Montella (AV) Italia
Location of Montella (AV) Italia in Italy
Coordinates: 40°51′N 15°1′E / 40.850°N 15.017°E / 40.850; 15.017Coordinates: 40°51′N 15°1′E / 40.850°N 15.017°E / 40.850; 15.017
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Avellino (AV)
 • Total 82.86 km2 (31.99 sq mi)
Elevation 546 m (1,791 ft)
Population (1 January 2012)
 • Total 7,864
 • Density 95/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83048
Dialing code 0827
Patron saint St. Rocco
Saint day 16 August
Website Official website

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[1]

— Giano Anisio, 1540 ca.


Montella with snow

Montella is known for its chestnuts, and the comune organizes the Sagra Castagna di Montella (Montella Chestnut Festival) each fall.[2] An eco-museum dedicated to the chestnut, the Museo della Castagna Montella, opened in 2014.[3]

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.

There is a Latin speaking community centred on Accademia Vivarium Novum. From 1990-2009 Latinists from around the world have congregated around Luigi Miraglia and other teachers.

Montella is a sister city to Norristown, in Pennsylvania; many inhabitants of Norristown hail from Montella.[4]

People from Montella[edit]

Giovanni Palatucci, honoured by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in 1990 as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, who saved more than 5000 Jews during World War II, was born here.

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".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Montella tra note e immagini", Salvatore Moscariello, pag. 44
  2. ^ "Pro Loco Montella". Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Montella nasce il primo Eco-Museo della castagna". Museo della Castagna Montella. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Puleo, Gary (11 August 2015). "Holy Saviour Feast in Norristown celebrates Italian heritage". Montgomery Media. Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Montella at Wikimedia Commons