Laurino

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Laurino
Comune
Comune di Laurino
Panoramic view of Laurino
Panoramic view of Laurino
Coat of arms of Laurino
Coat of arms
Laurino within the Province of Salerno
Laurino within the Province of Salerno
Laurino is located in Italy
Laurino
Laurino
Location of Laurino in Italy
Coordinates: 40°20′N 15°20′E / 40.333°N 15.333°E / 40.333; 15.333
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Pruno, Villa Littorio
Government
 • Mayor Romano Gregorio
Area
 • Total 69 km2 (27 sq mi)
Elevation 531 m (1,742 ft)
Population (1 December 2009)
 • Total 1,758
 • Density 25/km2 (66/sq mi)
Demonym Laurinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84057
Dialing code 0974
Patron saint Sant'Eliena di Laurino
Saint day 22 May
Website Official website

Laurino is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwestern Italy. Laurino currently holds a population of 1,758 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

Laurino is a typical medieval hill town of the Cilento, the southernmost part of Campania. It dominates the surrounding landscape, overlooking the Calore Lucano river, which is crossed by two medieval bridges; Laurino was once known as the "pearl of the Calore". The river flows through the Cilento national park from its source up on Mount Cervati; it is known for the wildlife it attracts, such as European otters. There are many laurel trees in the area, which probably gave their name to the village via the Latin Laurus or Laurinus.

The municipality borders with Bellosguardo, Campora, Felitto, Magliano Vetere, Novi Velia, Piaggine, Rofrano, Roscigno, Sacco, Stio and Valle dell'Angelo. It counts two hamlets (frazioni): Pruno and Villa Littorio.[1]

History[edit]

The settlement goes back to pre-Christian times. In the 12th century the total population exceeded 3,500, spread between the main town and five surrounding villages. However Laurino was destroyed by the troops of Frederick III of Sicily during the War of the Sicilian Vespers (1282-1302).

Due to migration in recent decades toward the north in search for employment, the current population is just under 2000.

Main sights[edit]

  • Ruins of the Ducal Palace
  • Frescos and wooden carvings of the main church, Santa Maria Maggiore.

The place is known for its natural environment, and initiatives such as the Jazz in Laurino festival in August, which attracts musicians from throughout the country.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Italian) The frazioni of Laurino at the municipal website

External links[edit]

Media related to Laurino at Wikimedia Commons