Scafati

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Scafati
Comune
Comune di Scafati
Coat of arms of Scafati
Coat of arms
Scafati is located in Italy
Scafati
Scafati
Location of Scafati in Italy
Coordinates: 40°44′N 14°32′E / 40.733°N 14.533°E / 40.733; 14.533
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Bagni, Mariconda, San Pietro, Marra-Zaffaranelli, Trentuno, San Vincenzo, Ventotto, San Antonio Vecchio
Government
 • Mayor Angelo Pasqualino Alberti
Area
 • Total 19 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 50,794
 • Density 2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Demonym Scafatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84018
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Santa Maria delle Vergini
Saint day Fourth Sunday of July
Website Official website

Scafati is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Geography[edit]

Scafati is situated on the river Sarno. Under the bridge over the river into the village, the Sarno divides into a primary and two secondary branches. The town is bordered by Angri, Boscoreale, Poggiomarino, Pompei, San Marzano sul Sarno, San Valentino Torio, Sant'Antonio Abate and Santa Maria la Carità.

History[edit]

In the early Middle Ages, the Scafati area was on the border between the Duchy of Benevento (later principality of Salerno) and the Duchy of Naples. The current settlement was created in the 18th century after the area around the Sarno river plain was stripped of the woods and a Royal road was opened in it.

During the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Scafati was the seat of textile workshops and of an artillery magazine, established by king Ferdinand II. Scafati was damaged by falls of pyroclastic rocks in the course of the 1707 Mount Vesuvius eruption.

During World War II, it was liberated from the German occupation by British troops on 28 September 1943.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat