Campora hangs on a rocky bluff high in the hills of the Cilento National Park. It's locale near the Calore River among forests of beech, chestnut, and oak make it a nature lover's paradise. It is an area of natural beauty, rich in woods and wildlife. There are mountain springs and streams, and abundant hiking paths. It served as a strategic outpost for defense of the area, because of its position between Vallo della Lucania and Vallo di Diano.
The church of Saint Nicholas is dedicated to the town's patron saint and houses several interesting carved wood statues as well as an historic pipe organ. The beautiful bell tower attached to the church is decorated with frescoes depicting the saint.
An unusual festival is held here each year - the Sparo del Prosciutto (the shooting of the ham). In a bizarre blending of wild west and old Italy, it is a strange shoot-out contest where sharp shooters try to hit a ham that hangs 72 meters away from them. The first to strike the bullet through to the ham bone wins the porcine prize.
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