A ceramic plaque representing the village church
|Elevation||390 m (1,280 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Dialing code||(+39) 0974|
|Patron saint||St. Irene|
The village, whose name derives from the Middle French words mans en celle, was founded between the 9th and the 10th century by the local people who escaped from the Arab invasions of southern Italy. Part of the State of Cuccaro Vetere, in the Barony of Novi Velia, during the Middle Ages; Massicelle constituted a municipality in 1811, along with Abatemarco and Montano Antilia.
Located in southern Cilento and transcluded into its national park, Massicelle is a hill village that spans on the national road SR447/A, 4 km south of Futani and 4 km west of Abatemarco. It is 6 km from Montano Antilia, 7 from Cuccaro Vetere, 16 from Vallo della Lucania, and 17 from Palinuro and the Cilentan Coast.
Massicelle is divided into 8 quarters (casali): Carputi, Carosiello, Caprarizzi, Centopelli, Ciardella, Limonti, Massicella and Montemauro.
The main settlement is situated to the north and consists of 7 of the 8 quarters, located all around the central one of Massicella, which gives the name to the village. It includes, to the northeast, tie little localities of Scirocco (nearby Limonti and the cemetery), Serre and Pantana Zica (both close to a valley of olive trees). To the south, detached from the rest of the village by a ravine, lies the quarter of Centopelli, that includes the little locality of Ciaoli.
The most important church is "Santa Maria Lauretana", built in 1478 and dedicated to St. Irene of Thessalonica. Among the local cultural events, it exists the annual "International Festival of Traditional Game and Toy".
Massicelle is served by the SP430 "Cilentana", a highway that links Salerno (100 km northwest) to Sapri (33 km southeast), crossing Battipaglia, Agropoli and Vallo della Lucania. Nearest train station, Centola, is 11 km far and located in the village of San Severino.
- (in Italian) Massicelle on italia.indettaglio.it (includes the quarter of Centopelli)
- (in Italian) Massicelle on tuttocitta.it
- (in Italian) The origins of Massicelle on the municipal website
- (in Italian) History of the municipality of Montano Antilia
- 1324508085 Massicelle on OpenStreetMap
- (in Italian) Massicelle on the municipal website
- (in Italian) Centopelli on tuttocitta.it
- (in Italian) Santa Maria Lauretana on the municipal website
- (in Italian) Article on portarosa.it
- (in Italian) Article about the festival on cilentonotizie.it
- 1324508104 Massicelle (highway exit) on OpenStreetMap
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