|Comune di Casaluce|
Location of Casaluce in Italy
|Coordinates: 41°0′N 14°12′E / 41.000°N 14.200°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Caserta (CE)|
|• Mayor||Nazzaro Pagano|
|• Total||9.4 km2 (3.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||68 m (223 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Most likely Casaluce originated on the ruins of late Roman imperial ruins, a village being mentioned in the Cronaca Volturnese of 964 AD. In the early 11th century the first Normans immigrants had a base here. A castle was built by them in the place, in 1030 by Robert Guiscard, or 1060, by Rainulf Drengot, depending from the sources. The castle was destroyed by Roger II of Sicily after his victory against Drengot's successor, Richard II of Aversa. Roger later allowed a reconstruction of the structure, which was used as a military and tax-collection outpost under the Hohenstaufen dynasty, as a fief of the Casaluccia family. Later it was a possession of the del Balzo.
In 1360 the Celestine monks acquired the castle, adding a Gothic church annexed to it which became a centre of veneration of an image of the Virgin.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Padre Polieni da Siderno (1622). Historia del real castello di Casaluce. Naples.
- Costa, A. (1709). Rammemorazione historica dell’effige di Santa Maria di Casaluce. Naples.
- Sanctuary of Casaluce (Italian)