Forino (Irpino: Furìnë) is a town and comune in the province of Avellino, Campania, southern Italy.

Forino
Comune di Forino
Forino skyline
Location of Forino
Forino is located in Italy
Forino
Forino
Location of Forino in Italy
Forino is located in Campania
Forino
Forino
Forino (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°51′49″N 14°44′13″E / 40.86361°N 14.73694°E / 40.86361; 14.73694
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
ProvinceAvellino (AV)
FrazioniCastello, Celzi, Petruro
Government
 • MayorAntonio Olivieri
Area
 • Total20.39 km2 (7.87 sq mi)
Elevation
420 m (1,380 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2017)[3]
 • Total5,357
 • Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Forinesi[4]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
83020
Dialing code0825
Patron saintSaint Nicholas of Bari[4]
Saint day6 December
WebsiteOfficial website

GeographyEdit

The town, located on a hillside between Salerno and Avellino, borders with the municipalities of Bracigliano, Contrada, Monteforte Irpino, Montoro, Moschiano and Quindici.

HistoryEdit

On 8 May 663 AD the town was the scene of a battle between the Byzantine army of Constans II and the Lombard army of Romuald I of Benevento, son of Grimoald I and duke of Benevento. According to legend, St. Michael made an apparition in this battle on the side of the Lombards. After this crushing defeat, Constans retired to Naples and gave up his attempts to expel the Lombards from south Italy.[5]

According to other sources, the battle took place at Calore Irpino, where the Calore river joins with the Volturno.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ (in Italian) Source: Istat 2010
  4. ^ a b (in Italian) General infos about Forino (frazioni, gentilic, population, patron saint etc) on the municipal website Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ (in Italian) History of Forino on the municipal website Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine

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