|Comune di Laurino|
Panoramic view of Laurino
Laurino within the Province of Salerno
|• Mayor||Romano Gregorio|
|• Total||69 km2 (27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||531 m (1,742 ft)|
|Population (1 December 2009)|
|• Density||25/km2 (66/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Sant'Eliena di Laurino|
|Saint day||22 May|
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.
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.
- 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.
Media related to Laurino at Wikimedia Commons
- Laurino.info Photoblog
- Zadalampe.com Public & private history of Laurino
- Jazzinlaurino An annual jazz festival