|— Comune —|
|Comune di Pontecagnano Faiano|
|Frazioni||Corvinia, Faiano, Magazzeno, Picciola, Sant'Antonio a Picenzia|
|• Mayor||Ernesto Sica (PDL)|
|• Total||36 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation Pontecagnano, 220 m (722 ft) Faiano||10 m (30 ft)|
|Population (1 December 2009)|
|• Density||700/km2 ( 1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Pontecagnano Faiano (also known simply as Pontecagnano) is a town and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-west Italy. Its population as of 2009 was of 25,096 inhabitants. The area dates back to Roman times when the city of Picentia stood in the place and was destroyed by the Romans after the Second Punic War.
Located in the south-eastern suburb of Salerno, the municipality is formed by the towns of Pontecagnano (main center and municipal seat) and Faiano (a little hilltown). It borders with Battipaglia, Bellizzi, Giffoni Valle Piana, Montecorvino Pugliano and Salerno.
The area of Pontecagnano was settled as early as the Copper Age (3500-2300 BC), as testified by the archaeological excavations of two sanctuaries and two necropolises. In the 9th-8th centuries BC remains belonging to the Villanovan Culture, predecessor to the Etruscans, have been found.
The Etruscan center was perhaps called Amina and dated to the 6th century BC. At the height of its power it ruled all the land from Salerno to the Silaurus (Sele) River. It was known for a temple of the Argive Juno reputedly built by Jason. Here, in 268 BC, the Romans built a new town, Picentia, to house a nucleus of deported Piceni.
See also 
Media related to Pontecagnano Faiano at Wikimedia Commons
- (Italian) Pontecagnano Faiano official website
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