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Pontelandolfo

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Country  Italy
Province / Metropolitan city  Benevento (BN)
Demonym(s)  Pontelandolfesi, Ponte
Local time  Thursday 10:46 PM
Postal code  82027
Region  Campania
Elevation  510 m (1,670 ft)
Area  28 km²
Province  Province of Benevento
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Frazioni  Acqua del Campo, Carluni, Ciccotto, Giallonardo, Grotte, Guitto, Lena, Malepara, Marziello, Pianelle, Pontelandolfo Scalo, Pontenuovo, Santa Caterina, Santillo, Sorgenza
Weather  11°C, Wind NW at 3 km/h, 72% Humidity

Pontelandolfo is an Italian town and comune of 28.91 square kilometres (11.16 sq mi), in the Sannio Hills in the province of Benevento halfway between Naples and Campobasso, with around 3,000 inhabitants.

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Map of 82027 Pontelandolfo Province of Benevento, Italy

History

The area of today's Pontelandolfo was settled since very ancient times. The name of the village comes from the legendary Pontis Landulphi, or the Bridge of Landolpho, who died defending the bridge against the Romans while the villagers fled to safety, an event memorialized in the village's crest. The bridge is believed to have spanned the Lenta River.

Pontelandolfo is mostly remembered as the location, along with Casalduni, of a massacre of largely innocent population by the Piedmontese occupation troops in 1861.

Many villagers emigrated to the United States, with a large community settling in and around Waterbury, Connecticut, where they founded the Pontelandolfo Community Club. A large number also moved to Canada, specifically to the city of Montreal.

Geography

Pontelandolfo is located on a mountainous area of Italy. The area that surrounds Pontelandolfo has a wide range of altitudes (400-1,017 meters), with the center of population situated at 525 meters.

There are three prominent mountains that surround Pontelandolfo. These include Mount Calvello, which has an altitude of 1,017 meters, Toppo Mangialardo (917 m) and Mount Forgioso (850 m).

Main sights

  • Medieval tower (12th century)
  • Church of Annunziata Antica (15th century)
  • Chapel of San Rocco (17th-18th centuries)
  • Economy

    Much of the surrounding area of Pontelandolfo (14.91 km²) is used for agriculture thanks to the fertility of the ground, which was already well known by the ancient Greeks. The primary use of the land is for olive-tree orchards, pastures and for the culture of cereals.

    Twin towns — Sister cities

    Pontelandolfo is twinned with:

  • Waterbury, USA
  • References

    Pontelandolfo Wikipedia


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