|Comune di Vico Equense|
|Frazioni||Arola, Bonea, Fornacelle, Massaquano, Moiano, Montechiaro, Pacognano, Pietrapiano, Preazzano, Sant'Andrea, Seiano, Ticciano, Tordigliano-Chiosse, Villaggio Monte Faito|
|• Mayor||Gennaro Cinque|
|• Total||29 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||90 m (300 ft)|
|Population (31 August 2007)|
|• Density||710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Cyrus and John|
|Saint day||31 January|
Vico Equense is part of the greater Bay of Naples metropolitan area and is a popular destination for tourists. Located on a tuff cliff, it is relatively close to the ferry to the island of Capri, the volcano Vesuvius, the Monte Faito and the ancient town of Pompeii.
A 7th century, pre-Roman necropolis has been found in the area. Later, when it was called Latin: Aequana) Roman patricians chose it for their villas. After a long decline, the center started to flourish again in the late 13th century, when it became independent from the Duchy of Sorrento and King Charles II of Naples repeatedly sojourned in the town, where he also built a castle (1301). To this period also date the Cathedral, the only example of Gothic Cathedral in the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is also world famous as the home town of Bruce Springsteen's maternal ancestors.
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