"Where is it"
50 km from Naples, 30 km from Salerno, 40 km from the Amalfi coast.
Small town, located in a plain at 380 m. height, surrounded by mountains.
Could be chosen as a base by people travelling by car through Campania who wish to overnight in a quiet and safe place, not far from many of the main sightseeings of this region.
"What to see"
Surrounded by green hills Avellino is a small town of about 55.000. The city centre is rather modern built, and this is due to the many earthquakes that hit the country. The last one was in 1980 and took a death toll of over 3.000. But there is a small and nice old part with medieval signs. Its centre is in Piazza della Libert? (Freedom Square) where all the major streets of the town end. Remarkable buildings are Palazzo Caracciolo, the old Bourbon prison the "Bellerofonte" fountain, the clock tower, the ruins of the medieval built around the IX century and the Victor Hugo house, so called because the french writer lived there for a while in his green years. There are also some small, old and nice churches, and it's worth a visit also the museum (Museo Irpino) that has 3 sections: Archaeological, Modern and Risorgimento.
A mountain between Avellino and Naples. On its top an old benedectine monastery, founded in 1126; it hosts an old painting of the so called "Black Virgin", dated around 1200. It's called "Black Virgin" because the Virgin is dressed in black and not because of the color of the skin. There is also a museum with holy objects. Apart from the sanctuary, Montevergine is worth a visit for the nice landscape. There is a point along the road that leads to the summit, from where in particularly clear days you can see both the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Sea.
Annexed to the Montevergine monastery is Loreto, located at the foot of the mountain. Nice example of XVIII century architecture, it hosts an interesting and particularly beautiful pharmacy. That's the only public part of the buinding.
In late spring classical music concerts are held in the cloister.