Nola, Province of Napoli, Campania
Provinces of Campania
Other Italian Regions
- Altitude: 34 m a.s.l
- Population: about 34,400 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 80035
- Phone Area Code: 081
- Demonym: nolani
- Patron Saint: St. Felice celebrated on 15 November, St. Paolino of Nola celebrated on 22 June
- Frazioni & Localities: Piazzolla, Polvica.
What to see
- The Gothic cathedral, restored in 1866, and again in 1870 after the interior was destroyed by fire, with a fine high tower.
- The Seminary which preserves the famous Oscan inscription known as the "Cippus Abellanus" (from Abella, the modern Avella) and other Latin inscriptions.
- The former convent of the Capuchins at a little distance from the city
- The Monument to philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was born at Nola in 1548 and executed by the Inquisition.
- The remains of a church erected by St. Paulinus in honour of St Felix in the 4th century.
- Two fairs are held in Nola, on June 14 and November 12
- July 26, a great festival in honour of St Paulinus, one of the early bishops of the city, who invented the church bell ("campana", taking its name from Campania).
Nola was a municipium with its own institutions and the use of the Oscan language. It became a Roman colony under Augustus, who died at Nola. Sacked by Genseric in 455, and again by the Saracens in 806 and 904, was captured by Manfred of Sicily in the 13th century, and damaged by earthquakes in the 15th and 16th. Because of these events, Nola lost much of its importance.