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Rocca San Felice, Province of Avellino, Campania

Province of Avellino
The town rises in the Ansanto valley and is of very ancient origins, since already Latin poet Virgil wrote about an Italic sanctuary dedicated to goddess "Avernalis Iuno Mefitides" in this place. The "Mefite" is a sulphur lake in the vicinity.

Provinces of Campania

Info

  • Altitude: 750 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 840 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 83050
  • Phone Area Code: 081
  • Patron Saint: St. Felice
  • Frazioni & Localities: Carmasciano, Fontana dell' Olmo, Palombaia, Santa Felicita', Toriello, Valli.

History

Near the lake, which was once considered the door to hell because of its poisonous vapors, the remains of a temple dedicated to Juno Mefitides were found; it seems that animals were sacrificed and statues presented to the goddess against the perils of hell. All these findings are now in the Museo Irpino, Avellino. Experts often study the strange phenomenon.

The present name comes from a Lombard fort (Rocca), which a document mentions as already existing in 1133, which was near a church dedicated to San Felice, recently restored.