Nusco – My Hometown

Panorama of Nusco, Province Avellino

By: Joanne Natale Spigonardo

August 27, 2021

When I think of Nusco, Province Avellino, I think about a jewel nestled in the past, untouched or spoiled by commercialism. It is located in Compania, in Southern Italy, and is east of Naples.

Nusco, is my hometown, which I left as a five year old, many years ago. It has remained pristine with its proximity to valleys, mountains, and breathtaking views. Nusco is known for its medieval festivals, ancient Lombard ruins, and the Cathedral of Saint Amato. Nusco dates back to the 9th Century AD.

With much of its history in the Renaissance, Nusco hosts reenactments of period parades, and concerts. It celebrates the feast of Saint Amato on September 30th each year. The festivities include entertainment for all ages, with classic food and music.

Lombard Castle, Nusco

There are many homes that are hundreds of years old and are still inhabited by new generations of the original families. It is a place of traditions and beauty, with simple but spectacular nuances of an undiscovered treasure. The quaint homes are a testament for outstanding construction and architecture. Many are pastel painted, and the soft colors embrace the warm southern sunshine of the region.

Nusco Streets
Renaissance Parade, Nusco
Statue of Saint Amato, Nusco’s Patron Saint

Nusco, has many culinary delicacies, like everywhere else in Italy. In particular, Nusco is known for its buffalo milk mozzarella, which is used in its unique pizza margherita. Also, Nusco celebrates its truffles and mushrooms on wonderful handmade tagliatelle con tratuffi. For those with a sweet tooth, the artisinal gelato, and local strufulli pastry are a must.

If you are looking for a timeless village that is on the road not taken, you must discover Nusco, and the many beautiful villages nearby. I hope you get to visit my hometown!

About the Author: Joanne Natale Spigonardo

Joanne Natale Spigonardo

Joanne has many years of experience in travel to Italy, Italian art, history wine and cuisine. She is an advocate for Italian immigrant women, and the author of White Widow, which is available on Amazon. For more information about Joanne please visit her Linkedin page:

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Joanne Spigonardo Business Development Consultant Specializing in Sustainability, Higher Education, Career Management, and Public Relations In her former roles, Joanne served as Senior Associate Director at the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Wharton. Joanne was also part of the Communications Office. She held positions as business manager of the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists and for the Wharton Alumni Magazine. Joanne also served as the media relations coordinator. When with Alitalia Airlines, Joanne worked as a sales representative. Joanne graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a BA and later graduated from the Wharton Aresty Institute of Executive Education. She has a strong background in development, management, marketing, and Italian language and culture. As a Wharton Mentor, she coached new employees on professional development, and is active in Penn’s Grievance panels. Joanne was on the board of governors for the University Club. Joanne is chair of the Delaware County Penn Alumni Interview Program and oversees alumni volunteers. As an alum of Penn and Wharton, and also a parent of two Penn graduates, she is a strong advocate in promoting Penn. At Wharton IGEL, Joanne had been in partnership with GreenBiz, Sustainable Brands, the Ethical Corporation, Pira Packaging International, Public Relations Society of America, the Green Sports Alliance, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Italian Consulate, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma County Winegrowers Association, and the Nature Conservancy, as well as, many other NGO and government offices. She has brokered hundreds of corporate relationships for Wharton. Joanne is the author of her book, White Widow, published on Kindle and Amazon. The book is a fictional novel about 19th-20th Century Italian immigrants.

8 thoughts on “Nusco – My Hometown

  1. Very well done. I want to visit. Next year when Denise retires and things stabilize, I want to visit Italy and Nusco.

    Thanks, Neil

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Joanne, this sounds like a wonderful town and I can imagine the wonderful memories exploring the streets as a child. Thank you, this will be on the list when we can truly, travel once again.


  3. Your explanation and memories of your hometown make one wish to visit this “magical” town. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to read your next blog. Love, Maria


  4. Tanti grazie Joanne!

    My Dad immigrated from Nusco over 100 years ago.
    I was blessed to have visited there back in 2000. Although he never returned, I was fortunate enough to have paid close attention to his wonderful recollections of his youth there, so when I visited I felt I knew where every nook and cranny he ran or hid in was.

    Also, the inhabitants of Nusco make anyone proud to have hailed from there.
    The folks who bought my Great Grand-Parent’s Home “a casa di Salvatore Bocchino” weren’t
    at home when we visited but at least I got to have a photo taken of me at the front door.
    A memory I’ll treasure forever…


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