|Metropolitan City of Naples|
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
|Province||Province of Naples (NA)|
|Frazioni||Aurano, Caprile, Castello, Iuvani|
|• Mayor||Paolo Cimmino|
|• Total||14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||141 m (463 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2007)|
|• Density||2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Sebastian|
|Saint day||January 20|
Gragnano is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, Campania region, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of capital. As of 1 January 2007, it had a population of 29,818 and an area of 14.6 square kilometres (5.6 sq mi). "A hill town wedged between a mountain crest and the Amalfi Coast," Gragnano is home some of the best dried pasta in Italy. A group of artisanal producers in the area are seeking a European Union designation that would protect the pasta's provenance.
The municipality of Gragnano contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Aurano and Caprile.
Gragnano's "main street was laid out expressly to capture the mountain breeze mixed with sea air back when pasta makers hung spaghetti on drying rods like laundry," according to a Forbes Life write up. More recently heaters are used to dry the pasta at low temperatures (approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit) for two days and it is shaped with bronze to give it a rough texture, producing a pasta with "nuttier aroma and chewier mouth feel"
It is said to be the inspiration for a young Bruno Bozzetto who dreamt up the idea for cartoon Mr. Rossi here whilst staying as a teenager with his family.