Alvito is an ancient town of Samnite origin located on a slope of Mount Morrone, overlooking the beautiful Val di Comino. Alvito is arranged in three tiers. At the highest point is the old Medieval castle and village of Castello. Below Castello is the village of Peschio. The rest of Alvito tumbles down the hillside until it meets the valley floor.
The Palazzo Gallio and Town Hall
The Palazzo Gallio is located in today’s Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, it has a baroque façade with a portico. From the entrance a large staircase leads up to the former “Sala del Trono“, which is now used as a theatre. There are other majestic halls and galleries which are decorated with 18th century furnishings, tapestries and paintings. The building is now used as the town hall.
The Statue of the Lion and War Memorial
Opposite the Municipio or Town Hall there is an ancient statue of a lion which has become a symbol of the town. Closeby is Alvito’s War Memorial.
Continuing along Corso Gallio there is the Antica Pasticceria di Tullio which has been making delicous torrone or nougat since 1851. A little further on is the domed Church of San Simeone which dates from the 16th century and has a Romanesque bell / clock tower.
Gateway Porta Vado Grande
On the right near to the Church of San Simeone is one of the old Medieval gateways into the town – named Porta Vado Grande.
Continuing along Corso Gallio leads to the Porta Iacobelli or Arco Gallio. This leads to an avenue of plane trees. There is another long paved promenade where you can take in the splendid views of the Val di Comino.
Ancient Palaces and Alleyways of Alvito
The Old Fontana dei Monaci
My sincere thanks to the following photographers for kindly sharing their photos for these pages about Alvito:
Tonino Bernardelli Italo Caira, Lauro Apruzzese, and Antonio Iacobelli.
My thanks also to Antonio Iacobelli of the Facebook Group Casalvieri e dintorni: angoli for sharing his local knowledge.
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