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Quindici, Province of Avellino, Campania

Province of Avellino
Situated in the green Lauro Valley, on the slopes of Pizzo d'Alvano, Quindici is surrounded by very fertile lands; agriculture is the main occupation of the local population, and grapes and very good olives are produced.

Provinces of Campania

Info

  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 3000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 83020
  • Phone Area Code: 081
  • Frazioni & Localities: Beato, Bosagro.

What to see

  • The Church of the Madonna delle Grazie, Built in the 15th century and restored in the 18th, with a Baroque façade, preserves a wooden statue of the 9th century of the Virgin with the Child, eight paintings of the 18th-century Neapolitan school by Giacinto Diana and Francesco Solimena, a carved pulpit of the same era, a reliquary of the late Nolan school of the 18th century.
  • The "Puoi", in Piazza Municipio, large squared blocks of travertine, coming from funerary monuments of the late Roman age.
  • The historical center, with two fine palaces, Palazzo Pezzuti (19th century), and Palazzo Santavilla (18th century).
  • The Museum of Sacred Art, next to the church of the Madonna delle Grazie, houses 17th-century sacred furnishings, items in gold, silver and bronze of the 18th century, archaeological findings, manuscripts and books from the 17th century and tools from the rural civilization.

History

Archeological remains testify that the area was populated from very ancient times. According to the legend, the town was founded by the Roman Decius Quintus or by fifteen bandits, but there is no documentation to support these theories. Most of the researchers maintain that the town was founded by the Romans after conquering the area inhabited by the Samnites.

The most splendid period of Quindici's history was during the Renaissance when twenty churches were built. It is known that Quindici, along the centuries, gave the people of Amalfi the timberwood to build their ships.

On 5 May 1998 the municipality was hit, together with the nearby centers of Sarno, Bracigliano and Siano, by a massive mud landslide, known as Frana di Sarno, which affected half of the municipal territory; the event caused destruction of homes and a dozen victims in Quindici.