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|Comune di Pontelandolfo|
Pontelandolfo in a lithograph, 1850
Pontelandolfo within the Province of Benevento
|Frazioni||Acqua del Campo, Carluni, Ciccotto, Giallonardo, Grotte, Guitto, Lena, Malepara, Marziello, Pianelle, Pontelandolfo Scalo, Pontenuovo, Santa Caterina, Santillo, Sorgenza|
|• Mayor||Cosimo Testa|
|• Total||28 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||510 m (1,670 ft)|
|• Density||88/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Anthony of Padua|
|Saint day||June 13|
Pontelandolfo is an Italian town and comune of 28.91 square kilometres (11.16 sq mi), in the Sannio Hills in the province of Benevento halfway between Naples and Campobasso, with around 3,000 inhabitants.
The area of today's Pontelandolfo was settled since very ancient times. The name of the village comes from the legendary Pontis Landulphi, or the Bridge of Landolpho, who died defending the bridge against the Romans while the villagers fled to safety, an event memorialized in the village's crest. The bridge is believed to have spanned the Lenta River.
Many villagers emigrated to the United States, with a large community settling in and around Waterbury, Connecticut, where they founded the Pontelandolfo Community Club. A large number also moved to Canada, specifically to the city of Montreal.
There are three prominent mountains that surround Pontelandolfo. These include Mount Calvello, which has an altitude of 1,017 meters, Toppo Mangialardo (917 m) and Mount Forgioso (850 m).
- Medieval tower (12th century)
- Church of Annunziata Antica (15th century)
- Chapel of San Rocco (17th-18th centuries)
Much of the surrounding area of Pontelandolfo (14.91 km²) is used for agriculture thanks to the fertility of the ground, which was already well known by the ancient Greeks. The primary use of the land is for olive-tree orchards, pastures and for the culture of cereals.
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Twin towns — Sister cities
Pontelandolfo is twinned with:
- Waterbury, USA
- (Italian) A. Iamalio, P. Federico, G. Ardia: La Regina del Sannio. Naples, 1918, pg. 226.
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