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Avella: photo description (Avella)

Avella is a town in the province of Avellino in the Italian region of Campania. Antique Abella, lying 10 km northeast of Nola, was a city of moderate importance, for its first inhabitants, the Samnites, and later to the Romans. Her attraction was a large amphitheater, similar to Pompeii. We can assume that the founders of Abelli were the ancient Greeks of Chalkidiki near, and she later became excim city, and the neighboring Nola. Strabo and Pliny mention the Avella as one of the cities has been, who did not have the status of a colony.

Modern Avella located in the plain at the foot of the Apennine mountains, and the ruins of the ancient city, still known as Avella Vecchia, occupy a very high hill with panoramic views down to the plain. On the territory of the hill are fragments of an amphitheatre, a temple, various residential buildings and part of the ancient city walls - the total area of the archeological area is large enough. One of the most important pieces found here is the longest inscription in the dead ExCom language, which tells of the Union between the inhabitants of Avella and Nola. The inscription dates from the period of the Second Punic war (3rd century BC) and is distinguished by an abundance of interesting details.

Near Avella located a karst cave, Grotto di Camerelle di Pianura. And from the medieval city attractions include the Church of Santi Martiri Nazario e Chelsea, built in the 9th to 11th centuries.