|Comune di Ponte|
Ponte within the Province of Benevento
|Province / Metropolitan city||Benevento (BN)|
|Frazioni||Canale, Colli, Ferrarisi, Monte, Piana, Puglia, Staglio|
|• Total||17.79 km2 (6.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||147 m (482 ft)|
|Population (1 May 2009)|
|• Density||150/km2 (390/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Giovanni Nepomuceno|
|Saint day||16 May|
The municipality is located some km in north-west of Benevento and borders with Casalduni, Fragneto Monforte, Paupisi, San Lorenzo Maggiore, San Lupo and Torrecuso. It counts 7 little civil parishes (frazioni): Canale, Colli, Ferrarisi, Monte, Piana, Puglia and Staglio.
Ponte has its origins in an ancient Roman stone bridge which was the passage of the Via Latina over the Alento river. The first settlements can be traced back to Roman Empire times, in fact it was here that the roadway Via Latina, connecting Benevento with Rome through the Telesia Valley, passed. The bridge that the passed over the Alento river is today known as the St. Anastasia Bridge. The town was very important even during the Lombard domination. The old town is of medieval origin, although little is left of the castle of Norman origin built in the eleventh century CE. There was also a large Benedictine abbey built in the eighth century AD. The territory was ruled by the Count Ranulf Baldwin Norman, who took care of the development, renewing and expanding the ancient church of Denis which he dedicated to St. Benedict. In later times, Ponte belonged to the major families of the Kingdom, such as the Sanframondos, the Carafas, and the Caracciolos, for example. Ponte was a stronghold of the House of Sanframondo, but during this period, due to a plague and a violent earthquake, which devastated a good part of the area, Ponte became uninhabited. In 1585 it was bought by Domenico Sarri, who retained the title of Duke of Ponte until the abolition of the feudal regime. On June 18, 1913, the city was grant autonomy from the frazione of Casalduni.
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