History of Solofra and its tanneries
 
 
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History of Solofra

The territory of Solofra was part of Samnite region, as the discovery of an ancient Samnite necropolis testifies. According an important theory, the name comes from Italic terms that had the meaning of “salubre”, that is healthy. In the area called passo di Castelluccia there are the remains of an ancient Samnite fortress. Romans occupied these territories and in fact there are the remains of several rural houses, that is farms given to veterans that had two tasks: they had to cultivate the lands and also to protect them. The fortress of Castelluccia was used by Romans.
With the fall of the Roman Empire, Solofra lived a difficult period because it was sacked by Totila and it underwent the consequences of the Greek-Gothic war. During Longobard period, Solofra was part of the dukedom of Benevento and when the dukedom was split in two, it passed to the princedom of Salerno. During this period, tanning became very important: Solofra worked for Salerno and Amalfi. During Norman – Svevian period, the road the went through Solofra lost its importance and the territory became poorer. During the age of Angevins, Solofra prospered thanks to the clever rule by Filippo Filangieri. During Aragon period, handicraft and commerce developed. XVII century was a period of decline for Italy because commerce had moved from Mediterranean Sea to America and there were many plagues. Also Solofra lived these difficult years. Several famous inhabitants from Solofra participated to the Parthenopean Revolution of 1799 and to the risings of 1800.

 

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