|Local name||Gioia Sannitica|
|Coordinates||41 ° 18 ' N , 14 ° 27' E|
|height||247 m slm|
|Residents||3,469 (Dec 31, 2019)|
|Population density||64 inhabitants / km²|
|Patron saint||San Michele|
Gioia Sannitica is a place with 3469 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in Italy, which is located in the province of Caserta and thus belongs to the region of Campania . It is part of the Comunità Montana del Matese . The following municipalities belong to Gioia: Carattano, Calvisi, Criscia, Curti, Caselle, Auduni and Madonna del Bagno. Gioia Sannitica is located at the foot of Monte Matese , near which there is a medieval castle.
Not much is known of Gioia's history due to rare records. However, according to one historian, the original village was destroyed in the Samnite Wars . But some survivors rebuilt the village and called it Gioja. In ancient maps, however, Gioja can be found under the names Terra Jani or Terra Jiojae. Later Gioia Sannitica was attacked by the barbarians , Lombards , Franks and Normans . With the arrival of the Normans, Gioia became a barony. The Castello was built around the year 1000. In the 16th century Gioia became a flourishing center. Gioia then received the addition Sannitica on October 12, 1862 from King Victor Emanuel II . During the Second World War , Gioia Sannitica was occupied by the SS and the residents fled their brutality to the mountains.
- ↑ Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.