San Felice a gate: visit the Norman castle

What to see in San Felice a gate, common micro Campania in the province of Caserta in the Regional Park of feverfew.

Travel Guide San Felice a gate

For this particular position, just fifteen kilometers from Naples, from San Felice a gate you can reach all the main towns of the region within a radius of about 50 km and this also favors the rail freight traffic concentrated in the nearby village of Gate Scalo as strategic logistic position on the trajectory Naples-Capua and Naples gate-gate-Benevento.

Geographically located in the south of the Valley Suessola and is part of the Regional Park of feverfew characterized Mount Sant’Angelo in Palombara. Nearby villages as Casazenca, Piedarienzo, Cave and Vigliotti, were united in San Felice a gate forming the town of the municipality.

If you continue on the road to Monte Sant’Angelo in Palombara Talanico you come across while going west on State 162 meet Ponti Rossi, Box Office and Gate Scalo. In the middle of the Valley of Suessola are San Marco, Trotti and Grotticella while Polvica is situated much more to the south on the other side of Monte Sant’Angelo near Nola.

The local economy is based on agriculture, small craft activities mainly specialized in the production of baskets and retail trade. As for the climate of San Felice a gate it is very mild and characterized by frequent wind due to the temperature difference of the air masses located between the upper valley and the valley bottom of Caudina Suessola that are in communication through the throat of Caudine Forks.

In the area were found architectural remains of ancient times belonging to a temple built in Roman Sannita, also you have reason to believe that in the vicinity had also home to the military base of the consul Marcus Claudius Marcellus during the Second Punic War. Other settlements in recent times are dating back to the tenth century after Christ was born when the first settlement around a chapel dedicated to St. Felix. For centuries the people of the area were administered by the estate of Arienzo until the end of 1700 independence.

What to see in San Felice a gate

On the hill stands the Norman castle built around the year 839 by the Lombard Rudovaco who donated before his death to the count of Acerra. Legend has it that the Count, in completing an underground passage that would put in communication with the castle that of his fief, caused the collapse of much of the building that did not have time to rebuild before using death in battle . The castle was later rebuilt by the Norman Ramperto.

According to tradition, the Count, in an attempt to combine the building through an underground passage, to the castle of his fief, caused the collapse of an entire wing of the building. Did not have time to repair the damage because he died in the Battle of Sclavi, where he fought alongside Landone of Capua. To rebuild the castle was the Norman Ramperto which soon changed his mind and made him destroy again. Were counts Mattaloni who rebuilt it giving it its current appearance, except for minor changes implemented by subsequent owners over the centuries.