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Serino, Province of Avellino, Campania

Province of Avellino
Serino lies 64 kilometers from Naples, 11 from Avellino and 25 from Salerno, inside the "Regional Park of the Picentini Mountains", in an area surrounded by beautiful chestnut woods, full of water streams as the torrents Vallone delle Barre and Ferrarese, and the river Sabato.
It is part of the mountain community of Terminio-Cervialto, and fine excursions are possible; winter tourism is also well developed thanks to the ski resort of Campolaspierto.

Provinces of Campania

Info

  • Altitude: 400 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 6900 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83028
  • Phone Area Code: 0825
  • Demonym: serinesi
  • Patron Saint: St. Francis if Assisi, celebrated on 4 October.

Administrative Divisiom

Frazioni & Localities: Canale, Casancino, Cretazzo, Doganavecchia, Ferrari, Fontanelle, Grimaldi, Guanni, Ogliara, Pescarole, Ponte, Raiano, Ribottoli, Sala, San Biagio, San Gaetano, San Giacomo, San Giuseppe, San Sossio, Strada, Toppole, Troiani.

What to see

  • The church of San Lorenzo, located in Canale, built in the 16th century; inside, a painting by Guarini and a 17th-century canvas by Solimene, representing the martyrdom of San Lorenzo.
  • Ruins of the church of SS. Corpo di Gesù.
  • The Oratorio Pelosi, built in 1745, located in Canale.
  • Lombard fortress La Civita, located in Ogliara.

History

Various etymologies have been proposed for the toponym. According to historian Francesco Scandone, the name derives from the Oscan "sarino" (=clear), due to its pure water springs. Another historian, Filippo Masucci, derives it from the adjective "sereno" with reference to the clarity of the air. Finally it could derive from the Latin "serro" (=to close), to indicate a closure on the road from Serino to Monte Terminio.

The origins of Serino are to be found in the mysterious Sabatia, a centre of a people of Samnite origin, the Sabatini who probably found shelter on the site of the present settlement towards the middle of the 2nd century BC. Its feudal lords were the Balbano, Tevilla, Della Marra, Della Tolfa and Caracciolo families.