The name Casalvieri has the Roman basis which is believed to have originated from the name ‘Domus Olivieri’. It is thought that this might be the name of a villa that once existed around that area in the past.
Casalvieri was not originally inhabited by the Romans. The original people were the Volci and the next inhabitants were Samnites. These people were extremely good warriors and engaged in several wars with the Romans. These wars were fought hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. Eventually, the Romans were able to conquer and move on into the South part of Italy.
Throughout its history casalvieri has experienced major emigration phases. The first known phase occurred when the original inhabitants were pushed out by the Samnites. Another emigration phase happened when the Romans invaded the area and eventually occupied it. A more recent emigration period took place after the Second World War where many of the occupants moved away to other parts of the world mostly to the United States and also parts of Europe. It should be noted that a majority of these emigrants still continue to keep close ties to their home area.
If you need a nice, quiet and tranquil location that would serve as a get away from the hectic day to day life then this is the place to be in. It is also well away from the beaten path, it, therefore, offers a sense of adventure, discovery, and seclusion. The pace of life in this town is leisurely. One can take a slow walk through the streets so as to absorb the surrounding beauty. It is also possible to sit down and have a meal right on the pavement and you will not be disturbed by any passing cars.
The town of Casalvieri has a patron saint who goes by the name of Saint Onorio. He was ordained as the saint of Casalvieri sometime in the middle of 18th century when the remains of his body were brought to the local church shortly after its construction had been finalized. The remains are preserved and currently reside in the altar of St. John the Baptist church. The patron saint’s remains serve as a tourist attraction to this day as they can be viewed because they are in a glass coffin. The residents pay their respect to their saint annually and this is done in May on the last Sunday. On the days leading up to this Sunday, they usually hold several marches in honor of the saint.