San Cipriano Picentino
The hill town of San Cipriano Picentino is in a lovely spot in the rolling hills above Salerno. It enjoys sea breezes and nice views. The town has ancient roots, going back to the Picentini people. The Romans conquered and enjoyed the hot springs of the area, leaving traces of villas for archeologists to uncover. The Longobards, the Princes of Salerno, the Normans and the Svevi all had sway here at one time. Today it's a quiet town near the sea with country traditions.
Olive groves and hazelnut trees cover the surrounding area. There is a festival dedicated to the chestnut in October, that also has an unusual event, the Palio del Ciuccio (Palio of the Donkey), which pits the neighborhoods against each other to win the banner. In September there is a festa in homage of the area's wines, and in July they throw a pizza party in the piazza.
The church known as the Parrocchiale was built in 1000 AD and has glass plates in the floor to view the archeological area below. The Church of Sant'Eustachio a Vignale was constructed at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries and has 8 marble columns with octagonal designs and rich frescoes.
San Cipriano Picentino is in a tranquil spot near Salerno, where ferries depart for the Amalfi Coast. The town has some good restaurants, cafes and shops for daily needs.
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