Gragnano

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Gragnano
Comune
Comune di Gragnano
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Gragnano is located in Italy
Gragnano
Gragnano
Location of Gragnano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°41′N 14°31′E / 40.683°N 14.517°E / 40.683; 14.517Coordinates: 40°41′N 14°31′E / 40.683°N 14.517°E / 40.683; 14.517
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Province of Naples (NA)
Frazioni Aurano, Caprile, Castello, Iuvani
Government
 • Mayor Michele Serrapica
Area
 • Total 14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Elevation 141 m (463 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 29,818
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Demonym Gragnanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80054
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Saint Sebastian
Saint day January 20
Website Official website

Gragnano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Naples in the Italian region Campania, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Naples. As of 1 January 2007, it had a population of 29,818 and an area of 14.6 square kilometres (5.6 sq mi).[1] "A hill town wedged between a mountain crest and the Amalfi Coast," Gragnano is home some of the best dried pasta in Italy.[2] A group of artisanal producers in the area are seeking a European Union designation that would protect the pasta's provenance.[2]

The municipality of Gragnano contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Aurano and Caprile.

Gragnano borders the following municipalities: Agerola, Casola di Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia, Lettere, Pimonte, Ravello, Sant'Antonio Abate, Santa Maria la Carità, Scala.

Pasta[edit]

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.[2] 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"[2]

Notable people[edit]

The actor Tito Vuolo (1893-1962) was born there.[3]

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.

Demographic evolution[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ a b c d Mimi Murphy Gragnano Pasta page 36 Forbes Life
  3. ^ "Tito Vuolo". IMdB. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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