Summonte rises on a rock in the midst of the Partenio Mountains at 738 m. altitude.
The origins of the Castle can be traced back to the second half of the 8th century. The origins of the hamlet are vague, probably date back to the second half of 5th century as the population who came from the ancient town of Nola, Abella and Abellinum settled in Summonte to escape from the vandalic raids.
In 1138 the Norman troops besieged the Castle, that was the beginning of a long war between those who were loyal to Rainolfo, count of Avellino and those who were loyal to Roger II King of Sicily who conquered Summonte.
In 1183 the fief was held by the Malerba Family. The Castle saw additions and was rebuilt in Angevin style in the second half of the 13th century. In 1340 the fief and the Castle were given to the della Leonessa Family and after to the Caracciolo.
Today we can admire only the 16 m. high Angevin Tower lately restored and the Curtain Walls.
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