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Aversa

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Founded by the Normans, Aversa became a small capital, thanks to Rainulfo's brilliant policy; after the Norman and Swabian domination, it was conquered by the Angevins, becoming a hunting area. In fact the Angevins often lived in the Royal castle, today located in Via Roma, near the Parish Church of Madonna di Casaluce. During the XIV century one of the most bloody event happened in this castle: some Neapolitan noble men threw Carlo di Durazzo, a pretender to the throne, out of the window.
Its historic centre is rich in monuments and it is one of the most important of the Southern Italy. Moreover, Aversa is also called "the city with one hundred churches".
Do not miss to visit Ruggiero II's castle and the former Psychiatric Hospital of Santa Maria Maddalena, founded by Gioacchino Murat in 1813, the first one built in Italy.
A beautiful natural oasis, rich in flora and fauna, merit a visit too.

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