Pagani, Campania

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Comune di Pagani
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Location of Pagani
Pagani is located in Italy
Location of Pagani in Italy
Pagani is located in Campania
Pagani (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°44′N 14°37′E / 40.733°N 14.617°E / 40.733; 14.617Coordinates: 40°44′N 14°37′E / 40.733°N 14.617°E / 40.733; 14.617
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
 • MayorRaffaele Maria De Prisco (s. 5.10.2020)
 • Total12 km2 (5 sq mi)
35 m (115 ft)
 • Total34,775
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Paganese (Paganesi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code081
Patron saintSt. Alphonse
Saint dayAugust 1
WebsiteOfficial website

Pagani (Italian: [paˈgani], ('e) Pavane in Neapolitan: [(e) pɑˈvɑːnə]) is a town and comune in Campania, Italy, administratively part of the Province of Salerno, in the region known as the Agro Nocerino Sarnese. Pagani has a population of 35,834, as of 2016.[3][4]


In the period before the Roman supremacy in southern Italy, Taurania appears to have been the chief town in the valley of the Sarnus, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Stabiae and Surrentum all being dependent upon it. It maintained its allegiance to Rome till 309 BC when it joined the revolted Samnites. In 308 BC it repulsed a Roman attempt to land at the mouth of the Sarnus, but in 307 BC it was besieged and surrendered. Under Romans it was named Barbatianus. It obtained favourable terms, and remained faithful to Rome even after Cannae.

Hannibal reduced it in 216 BC by starvation, and destroyed the town. The inhabitants returned when peace was restored. Even during the Social War it remained true to Rome. In 73 BC it was plundered by Spartacus.

In the Middle Ages (around the 9th century) a small colony of Saracens was actually introduced in the town by permission of the Dukes of Naples, but it lasted only a few decades.

It was united to Nocera Inferiore, and it took the name of Nuceria Paganorum, by the Pagans, a noble family living in the castle of Curtis in Plano (the family could have taken this surname from the pagans/Saracens who previously inhabited the area), in the nowadays Pagani.

Churches and religion[edit]

Pagani is home to some well-known churches and basilica, including:

  • The Shrine of Saint Mary the Crowned of Mount Carmel (Italian: Santuario di Santa Maria Incoronata del Carmine), commonly known as the Shrine of Our Lady of the Hens (Italian: Santuario della Madonna delle Galline). This Marian shrine hosts the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Hens (Italian: Madonna delle Galline). During this week, people dance in the streets to the tammurriata (or tarantella).


The town is home to the Italian third-division Serie C football club, Paganese Calcio 1926, whose home ground is the 6,000-seat Stadio Marcello Torre.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Pagani (Salerno, Campania, Italy) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  4. ^ "Pagani - Italy: Information and Town Profile". Retrieved 2017-06-05.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pagani at Wikimedia Commons