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Province of Avellino, Campania

Province of Avellino
The province has a great environmental interest; it is included in the Regional Parks Monti Picentini and Partenio, and comprises two WWF oases, Valle della Caccia in Senerchia and the area around the Ofanto dam in Conza della Campania. According to an administrative reform, from 1 Jan 2014 the Province is scheduled for fusion with the Province of Benevento.

Provinces of Campania

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  • Area: 2,792 km²
  • Population: about 420,000 inhabitants in 2018
  • Car Plate: AV
  • Communes: 118 communes.

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History

In the ancient Kingdom of Naples the province roughly corresponded to the Principato Ultra, though some places were included in Capitanata or Principato Citra. It is an inner province, unconnected to the sea. The ancient name of the area was "Hirpinia", derived from the Oscan "hirpus", wolf, an animal that is still present in the territory though in greatly reduced numbers.

Economy

Typical products are hazelnuts (one third of the whole Italian production), the chestnut of Montella, the renowned wines Taurasi, Greco and Fiano, and then cherries, cheeses as the caciocavallo of Montella, the black truffle of Bagnoli Irpino. Tourism is also a great resource, the main tourist destinations being the Sanctuaries of Montevergine (over 300,000 visitor per year) and of San Gerardo a Maiella, the archeological areas of Avella and Eclano, the Lancellotti castle, the early Christian Basilica in Prata.

The Comuni in the Province

Aiello del Sabato | Altavilla Irpina | Andretta | Aquilonia | Ariano Irpino | Atripalda | Avella | Avellino | Bagnoli Irpino | Baiano | Bisaccia | Bonito | Cairano | Calabritto | Calitri | Candida | Caposele | Capriglia Irpina | Carife | Casalbore | Cassano Irpino | Castel Baronia | Castelfranci | Castelvetere sul Calore | Cervinara | Cesinali | Chianche | Chiusano di San Domenico | Contrada | Conza della Campania | Domicella | Flumeri | Fontanarosa | Forino | Frigento | Gesualdo | Greci | Grottaminarda | Grottolella | Guardia Lombardi | Lacedonia | Lapio | Lauro | Lioni | Luogosano | Manocalzati | Marzano di Nola | Melito Irpino | Mercogliano | Mirabella Eclano | Montaguto | Montecalvo Irpino | Montefalcione | Monteforte Irpino | Montefredane | Montefusco | Montella | Montemarano | Montemiletto | Monteverde | Montoro | Morra de Sanctis | Moschiano | Mugnano del Cardinale | Nusco | Ospedaletto d'Alpinolo | Pago del Vallo di Lauro | Parolise | Paternopoli | Petruro Irpino | Pietradefusi | Pietrastornina | Prata di Principato Ultra | Pratola Serra | Quadrelle | Quindici | Roccabascerana | Rocca San Felice | Rotondi | Salza Irpina | San Mango sul Calore | San Martino Valle Caudina | San Michele di Serino | San Nicola Baronia | San Potito Ultra | San Sossio Baronia | Santa Lucia di Serino | Santa Paolina | Sant'Andrea di Conza | Sant'Angelo all'Esca | Sant'Angelo a Scala | Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi | Santo Stefano del Sole | Savignano Irpino | Scampitella | Senerchia | Serino | Sirignano | Solofra | Sorbo Serpico | Sperone | Sturno | Summonte | Taurano | Taurasi | Teora | Torella dei Lombardi | Torre le Nocelle | Torrioni | Trevico | Tufo | Vallata | Vallesaccarda | Venticano | Villamaina | Villanova del Battista | Volturara Irpina | Zungoli.