Battipaglia Castle is an impressive and beautiful Norman castle, in southwestern Italy. The castle is dominated by its wooded hill above the eponymous Italian city, which is in the province of Salerno, Campania region.
Officially the city existsted by decree on March 28th, 1929, but the area was already selected by Borbуn for its agricultural colony. Castle Battipaglia is located about 75 miles south of Naples in the area known as Piana del Sele. Battipaglia stands west of the Tusciano River and the beach is just at hand.
The village of Battipaglia is famous for its Mozzarella cheese (Mozzarella di Bufala) which has a very crisp and fresh taste, made locally in the few dairies of the area. Battipaglia offers its visitors exceptional conditions for cultural and historical tourism.
The biggest attraction is the medieval castle town of Battipaglia which overlooks the entire city from its highest hill. Furthermore Battipaglia Castle has many more archaeological sites that are worth visiting.
This castle, which locals know as Castelluccio, possesses the typical Norman architecture. It is believed that the fortress was erected on this spot in the 12th century. Its location is not chosen arbitrarily, but it is most convenient for the protection of the population - not only from enemy attacks, but also from the rising Tuschiano river. Today, within the castle you can see the many beautiful murals that have been preserved.
Besides the castle near Battipagnia you can see several other archaeological sites. It was here that over a hundred tombs were discovered, which date from the seventh to the sixth century BC.
There are several other ancient tombs and a Roman villa, which are now buried in ruins and known there under the name of San Giovanni. In this region coins were found minted around 211 BC.References:
La Hougue Bie is a Neolithic ritual site which was in use around 3500 BC. Hougue is a Jèrriais/Norman language word meaning a \'mound\' and comes from the Old Norse word haugr. The site consists of 18.6m long passage chamber covered by a 12.2m high mound. The site was first excavated in 1925 by the Société Jersiaise. Fragments of twenty vase supports were found along with the scattered remains of at least eight individuals. Gravegoods, mostly pottery, were also present. At some time in the past, the site had evidently been entered and ransacked.
In Western Europe, it is one of the largest and best preserved passage graves and the most impressive and best preserved monument of Armorican Passage Grave group. Although they are termed \'passage graves\', they were ceremonial sites, whose function was more similar to churches or cathedrals, where burials were incidental.