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Gesualdo

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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing
Gesualdo is an Italian town in the region of Campania, province of Avellino, with about 3,800 inhabitants. It is called "The City of Prince of Musicians," in honour of Carlo Gesualdo. It has many buildings, fountains, great belvederes, a beautiful medieval old town, which has been partially restored since the Irpinia earthquake in 1980.The town is located in the middle of Irpinia, between the valleys of the rivers Fredane and Ufita. It is about 90km from Naples and 290km from Rome. Surrounding municipalities are Fontanarosa, Frigento, Grottaminarda, Paternopoli, Villamaina.How to reach it: The town is 9km from A16 (Autostrada Napoli - Bari), exit "Grottaminarda".HistoryThe Southern exposure on the right side of the valley of river Fredane, a tributary of river Calore Irpino, made Gesualdo inhabited since the prehistoric times.In Roman times villas were located in the areas of San Barbato, Paolino, Volpito and Pastene.The foundation of the current town, which became the capital of an important wide fief, coincides with the erection of a fortress around which houses and houses have been added during the centuries. The fortress was owned in AD 660 by Gesualdo, a Lombard knight who sacrificed himself to defend Romualdo, Duke of Benevento, during the war against the Byzantines.
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