|Comune di Paduli|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Benevento (BN)|
|First mentioned||c. 92 AD|
|Frazioni||Bosco Verdito, Calore Sandriano, Ignazio Forno Nuovo, Monte Capriano Carpinelli, Orticelli, Orticelli Montefollo, Piana, Piana Ferrara, Ravano, Saglieta, San Giuseppe, Serre Capitolo, Soloni, Torre|
|• Mayor||Giovanni De Gennaro|
|• Total||44.7 km2 (17.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||320 m (1,050 ft)|
|• Density||93/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Nicholas of Bari|
|Saint day||6 December|
Paduli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Benevento in the Italian region Campania. It is located on a rocky spur between the Calore and Tammaro rivers, about 60 km northeast of Naples and about 9 km northeast of Benevento.
Paduli, under the name "Batulum" is first mentioned along with other localities in Samnium, in the eighth book of the poem Punica by Silius Italicus, although its exact location is never described. At some point after which, the name "Batulum" changed to "Padulum", and finally to "Paduli"
After the end of Avegin rule, Paduli was part of territory split amongst many noble families, including the Cybo, the Patinelli, the Caricciolo families. In 1726, this territory was sold to the Coscia family, who built a palace to the De Vivo family in the ruins of the castle that once housed the counts of Ariano.
From the 1890s onward, Paduli saw a wave of immigration to the United States. The majority of emigrated Padulesi settled in Nassau County, New York, namely Glen Cove, Oyster Bay, and Locust Valley. A number of Padulesi also settled in Brooklyn.
In modern times, the historical district of Paduli, abandoned in the mid-twentieth century, remains largely dilapidated and still referred to as "Batulum"
Paduli is known locally for a number of unique cultural institutions.
- February - Carnival Padulesi (Carnival of Paduli)
- March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
- March 20 - Feast of the Annunciation
- Palm Sunday - Via Crucia
- June - Feast of the Sacred Heart, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
- July - Summer Padulesi
- August 15 - Feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Assumption
- August 16 - Feast of St. Rocco
- First Sunday in September - Feast of the Pig
- December 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas the bishop
- Official website (Italian)
- Paduli in America A site dedicated to the exchange of information among descendants of Paduli and the establishment of friendship between the people of Paduli and their American counterparts
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