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Greci, Province of Avellino, Campania

Province of Avellino
Located in the upper Cervaro Valley, Greci rises on a hill in a dominant position on a territory of fields, pastures and woods. There is also a natural pond, Luza Aquafets, or "Lago di Greci".
The area is characterized by the presence of an Albanian community, unique in Campania, which is protected by law and has preserved over the centuries the ancient arbëreshë language, culture and traditions.

Provinces of Campania

Info

  • Altitude: 821 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 650 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83030
  • Phone Area Code: 0825
  • Demonym: grecesi
  • Patron Saint: San Bartolomeo apostolo celebrated on 25 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fontana Babola, Mazzincollo.

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What to see

  • The church of St. Bartolomeo - built in the 17th century
  • Palazzo Caccese
  • Palazzo Lusi, 18th century, today the seat of the Townhall
  • Palazzo Lauda, 18th century
  • Rione Breggo, with typical Albanian houses called "halive".

History

Greci was founded in 535 by Emperor Iustinianus, who stopped here during a battle against the Goths. It was destroyed by the Saracens in 908 and rebuilt after 80 years. In 1522 a colony from Albania came over to populate the village, which explains the dialect spoken today and its traditions. Greci was a fiefdom of the Spinelli and the Guevara families.