|Comune di Monteverde|
Location of Monteverde in Italy
|Coordinates: 40°59′59″N 15°32′6″E / 40.99972°N 15.53500°ECoordinates: 40°59′59″N 15°32′6″E / 40.99972°N 15.53500°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Avellino (AV)|
|• Mayor||Francesco Ricciardi|
|• Total||39 km2 (15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||740 m (2,430 ft)|
|Population (February 2014)|
|• Density||20/km2 (53/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Catherine of Alexandria|
|Saint day||25 November|
Ancient Roman historian Livy mentions a Samnite village called Cominium Ocritum, which was crossed by Hanno, Hannibal's general, in the course of the Second Punic War; this could be identified with modern Monteverde. The nameCominium was a common toponym of the Oscans, to which the Samnites belonged, perhaps related to people's meeting places (comitia).
In the 11th century AD, it became a bishopric seat and had a bishop until 1531, when the diocese of Monteverde was merged with the diocese of Canne. From 1532 to 1641 it was a baronal seigniory, held by a branch of the Grimaldi family. The diocese was eventually cancelled in 1818.