Giffoni Sei Casale
Giffoni Sei Casale and its sister hamlet of Sieti are cuddled in the hills above Salerno. The town is compact and has some historic sights packed into its cute quarters. Giffoni Sei Casale is part of the zone called the Picentini, for the ancient people who once inhabited the area. They were driven off by the Romans for having supported Hannibal during the Punic Wars.
The church of Santa Maria del Paradiso was built in 1170 and showcases a painting that is said to have miraculous powers. The Lombard church of the Santissimo Salvatore was built in 1000 AD while Santissima Trinita' with its carved stone portal dates back even farther. There are several palaces with rich frescoes: Palazzo Pennasilico from the 1300s; Palazzo Fortunato from the 1500s that also has a chapel dedicated to San Gennaro; and Palazzo Cingolo.
The six hamlets that make up Giffoni Sei Casali are a cluster of old world villages that preserve the past in a beautiful setting. Salerno is only 20 minutes away, and in less than an hour you can reach the stunning Amalfi Coast, the temples of Paestum and the lively city of Naples.
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