Santa Paolina

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Santa Paolina
Comune di Santa Paolina
Santa Paolina is located in Italy
Santa Paolina
Santa Paolina
Location of Santa Paolina in Italy
Coordinates: 41°2′N 14°51′E / 41.033°N 14.850°E / 41.033; 14.850Coordinates: 41°2′N 14°51′E / 41.033°N 14.850°E / 41.033; 14.850
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Avellino (AV)
Frazioni Castelmozzo, Marotta, Picoli, Passo Serra, Petrarola, Ponte Zeza, Sala, Santa Lucia, Viturano
 • Total 8 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (1 April 2009)[1]
 • Total 1,457
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Santapaolinari
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 83030
Dialing code 0825
Patron saint Santa Paolina (Roman martyr of the 3rd century)
Saint day 6 June

Santa Paolina is a small comune (municipality) of the province of Avellino, in the region of Campania, Italy. It has a population of 1,360 as of 2014, down from 2,487 in 1951.[1]


Archaeological finds from the 9th century BC, discovered by Isaac Luongo in the countryside of Santa Paolina (AV), Italy.

The surrounding area was frequented by prehistoric men in the Neolithic age. Recent findings reveal the presence of a civilization of the Irpinian people before the rise of the Roman Empire. During the 9th century BC,[2][3][4] they lived continuously in the valley at the foot of Mount San Felice. This settlement of Irpinian people produced decorated pottery and various tools living in the area around the streams Orsi, Sant'Egidio, Marotta and Picoli.[5] The discovery of fragments of an old and large furnace shows that this region was the source of elaborate craftsmanship as early as the late Neolithic age.[6] The products manufactured in these factories before the Roman times were likely traded or sold along the ancient trade routes linking this site to the ancient "civitates" typical of the archaical civilizations of Hirpines and Japyges situated behind the hills, along the valleys and near the rivers inland, at the roots of Apennines mountains and placed in the mid-south of Italy.

In medieval times the site of this land, turns out with the agricultural use of its territory each in the center with all its districts through a memorial of Lombard abbey of St. Sophia, written in the year 1041[7] AD. This Sofian's parchment, in fact, refers to the hilly site that was told as a "promised land" placed at the end of a rural-path, and located at the base of a deep forest, near a natural source of water, all were directly employed by the abbey Lombard and identifiable by a church named in honor of St. Felix. Instead, a source written through the year 1083[8][9] makes emerge from the mists of the past, by the first time the actual name of Santa Paolina. However, around 1270 d. Cr., The site of the country is reported in the inventory of the Abbey of St. Sofia, such as:(Latin) ... Castrum Vetus Sancte Pauline ...[12], other sources mention already at a (Latin)... Castrum Vetus et Timplani ... near Tufo (little Irpinian village), all that happened in the far year 1239, and this name refers to the same location mentioned in the memorial of St. Sophia during the year 1270. that was indicated like the same territory of Santa Paolina, but the land was named after the "Templano" family, and they seems to come in origin from Grottaminarda. This finding was also confirmed in the long list of countries mentioned by the Bishop of Avellino "Francesco", when he was interrogated by the Curia of Naples on the plague of "peste" occurred in the year 1296 [13].

The territory, in recent history was divided into several districts:

The square (La Piazza), the court of Brecciale and via Ferrere, the fortress of Petrarola Square and Via San Rocco " Pino", Capi Jorii, Giallonati, Marotta, "Cierro", San Bernardino, La Sala, Profiche, Saint Lucia, Piana de' Sauri, Casale Castelmozzo, Paoloni, Piezzo, Picoli, the court of Bridge Zeza ( Manganelli ), Taverna Figura, Serra ( Tufini ), and Gnerri Viturano [14] [ 15] .

Population History[1][edit]

Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2014
Population 2,487 2,009 1,700 1,708 1,410 1,432 1,366 1,360