Alife, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy
Situated in the Volturno valley Alife is an important historical and archaeological center. The fertile plain was left from a lake created by the eruptions of the Roccamonfina volcano, and lies below the Matese chain. Today Alife is a thriving agricultural center especially for cereals, olive tree and vineyards which produce a highly celebrated quality of wine, already known to the Romans, called "pallagallo".
Population: ca. 7000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 81011 -- Phone Area Code: 0823
The present day town rises on the place of the Roman colony of Alliphae, an important communication center since the 1st century BC. On the origin of Alife there are a number of legends: that it was founded by Noah, or by Hercules, or by the companions of Diomedes returning from the Trojan war, but it is very likely it was established by the Osci people in the 5th century BC. During the second world war, in October1943, the city endured a terrible American bombing which killed half the population and destroyed a great part of the historical center.
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