|Comune di Taurano|
|• Total||9 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||300 m (1,000 ft)|
|• Density||170/km2 (440/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Maria SS. Assunta|
|Saint day||15 August|
Bronze Age remains have been found in the area of Taurano, whose name derives from Latin, either the surname Taurus or the gentilic Taurius. It was a Samnite oppidum, destroyed by Romans under Sulla during the Social War. It later became a summer resort, and two Roman villas have been found from this period, one in Torre and one in San Giovanni in Palco.
In the Middle Ages it was part of the Feud of Lauro.[clarification needed] Villagers throughout the valley sought refuge in the mountains during the barbarian invasions.[clarification needed - which invasions?] Under the administrative reforms of Joachim Murat (King of Naples 1808–15), Taurano and the rest of the Lauro Valley became part of the province of Terra di Lavoro.
In the 19th century Taurano offered shelter to brigands such as Fra Diavolo, and anti-Bourbon conspirators such as Father Angelo Peluso. After unification, Taurano become an autonomous Commune except for a brief interruption.[clarification needed - what interruption?]
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