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Montecorvino Rovella (Campanian: Ruella) is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-west Italy.

Montecorvino Rovella
Comune di Montecorvino Rovella
Montecorvino Rovella.jpg
Coat of arms of Montecorvino Rovella
Coat of arms
Montecorvino Rovella within the Province of Salerno and Campania
Montecorvino Rovella within the
Province of Salerno and Campania
Location of Montecorvino Rovella
Montecorvino Rovella is located in Italy
Montecorvino Rovella
Montecorvino Rovella
Location of Montecorvino Rovella in Italy
Montecorvino Rovella is located in Campania
Montecorvino Rovella
Montecorvino Rovella
Montecorvino Rovella (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°41′45.3″N 14°58′31.6″E / 40.695917°N 14.975444°E / 40.695917; 14.975444Coordinates: 40°41′45.3″N 14°58′31.6″E / 40.695917°N 14.975444°E / 40.695917; 14.975444
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
FrazioniChiarelli, Cornea, Ferrari, Gauro, Macchia, Marangi, Martorano, Molenadi (Sant'Eustachio), Nuvola, Occiano, San Lazzaro, San Martino, Votraci
Government
 • MayorMartino D'Onofrio
Area
 • Total42.16 km2 (16.28 sq mi)
Elevation
220 m (720 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total12,682
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Montecorvinesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
84096 (communal seat), 84090 (frazioni)
Dialing code089
Patron saintSts. Peter and Paul
Saint day29 June
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

In 269 BC the Romans defeated the Picentes from the Adriatic Coast and founded a colony transplanting them forcedly in Campania, in the town of Picenza. After a rebellion in 89 BC, and the subsequent Roman victory, the Picentini survivors were forced to not rebuild a single town, but a series of villages, easily controllable in case of further riots. One of them was Montecorvino (Mons Corvinus).[4] Until 1820 it included the village of Pugliano and, until 1990, the frazione of Bellizzi.

In 1970, an early medieval church of Sant-Ambrogio, dating to the ninth century, was rediscovered. It is currently being studied by a project based in the Universities of Birmingham (UK) and Salerno (Italy) [5]

GeographyEdit

Montecorvino is a hilltown surrounded by the Picentini mountain range, included into the Monti Picentini Regional Park. It borders with the municipalities of Acerno, Battipaglia, Bellizzi, Giffoni Valle Piana, Montecorvino Pugliano and Olevano sul Tusciano.[6]

TransportEdit

The town is served by the state highway SS 164 and by several provincial roads. Nearest motorway exit (12 km south) is "Montecorvino Pugliano" on the A2. Nearest railway station (11 km south) is "Montecorvino-Bellizzi", originally named only "Montecorvino Rovella", located in the town and former frazione of Bellizzi. Montecorvino is also 15 km north of Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport.

PeopleEdit

  • John of Montecorvino (1247-1328), Franciscan missionary
  • Luca Gaurico (1475-1558), astrologer, AKUMA É LIastronomer and mathematician
  • Robert Picardo (b. 1953), American actor and singer with Italian heritage, with his father's family originating from Montecorvino and his mother's parents originally from Bomba, in Abruzzo.[7][8]

See alsoEdit

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 2017
  4. ^ (in Italian) History of Montecorvino Rovella
  5. ^ Project website: [1]
  6. ^ 40662 (x a j h) Montecorvino Rovella on OpenStreetMap
  7. ^ Robert Picardo ("The Doctor" - VOY) at the Wayback Machine (archived June 30, 2008)
  8. ^ (in Italian) Robert Picardo visits his ancestors in Montecorvino Archived 2016-04-17 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit