Altavilla's origins are very old.
Despite its Norman foundation (XI century) hidden tracks that lead even to the seventh century BC. To this epoch, in fact, painted tomb was discovered near the confluence of the rivers Sele and Calore. Among the many ornaments and kits founded also stands a vase attributed to the 'painter of Altavilla' one of the best vase known of the period with the greek Asteas (it is the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Naples). The village Borgo Carillia seems to be the village Carilla destroyed by Hannibal as the story of Silius Italico.
In S. Lorenzo were recovered relics from Roman times to show that the City has known human settlement since the seventh century BC
The construction of the first settlement, around which the city has evolved as you see it today, dates back to the eleventh century, Norman, where the country assumed a triangular shape with walls.
You could enter through the three doors: Port Suso still exists, the Porta Carini, and S. Biagio.
Later it was opened Porta Nuova to the north.
Each door was defended by two cylindrical towers, which not only have an adjoining door of Suso used now at home, while others were undone and replaced by private houses.
Other small towers along the walls were demolished to enlarge the block, and there arose the Borgo La Fratta and Monteoliveto.
The castle, built in medieval, baroque style and cement lapidescente was restored several times by the feudal lords.
There are five public fountains:
than that of the Franks (because made by the Normans)
that of the monastery before the Monastery of St. Francis
the third in the Forest
the fourth of voso or Boso
and finally the channel owned by an abbot of St. Egidio then sold to the public.