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Frigento, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy





Frigento is located in the famous valley of Ansanto. The name of the town derives from the Latin Frequentia, and there are many Roman remains, witnesses of a glorious past, among them the temple of Goddess Mefite, which was visited by Cicero and Virgil. In the Middle Ages the town was included in the Lombard Dukedom of Benevento.

Frigento was destroyed by the Saracens in 926, rebuilt and destroyed again 60 years later by a terrible earthquake and again rebuilt in the same place. Frigento probably had a castle, however there are no documents about it, though there is an area called "Castelluccio". The town belonged to the Gesualdo, to the Filangeri and to the Caracciolo families. In spite of damages from the many earthquakes, the last of them as recently as 1980, the town is back to its ancient beauty.

Info

Altitude: 911 m a.s.l Territory: hilly * Population: ca. 4000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 83040 -- Phone Area Code: 0825 * Patron Saint: S. Marciano * Frazioni & Localities: Cellara, Pagliara, Corno, Fontana Levara, Mattine, Piano della Croce, San Cosimo, San Silvestro, Tre Masserie

What to see

  • Parish Church: built in the 4th century AD on the ruins of a pagan temple in the Romanesque style
  • Church of Purgatorio and St. Marciano: at the entrance of the town, dedicated to the patron saint.
  • Archeological excavations in Pila di Piani, that revealed remains of a Roman villa.

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