San Mauro La Bruca
San Mauro La Bruca is a tiny hamlet hidden in the hills above Pisciotta. Its position gives the town the climatic advantage of mild winters and long, dry, warm summers without the muggy humidity of the lower coastal areas. Yet, it is just a few minutes downhill to the coves and beaches between Pisciotta and Palinuro, where the water is sparkling and where the crowds don't encroach.
San Mauro La Bruca was originally a Benedictine monastery, founded around 1044. It grew and expanded its reach and scope, and was aligned with the Order of St. John of Malta, perhaps providing lodgings, respite or medical care to the Templars. In fact, the town's crest still bears the cross of Malta. The monastery and hence the town are dedicated to St. Mauro, a Benedictine monk who was a disciple and friend of St. Benedict. The addition of "La Bruca" probably indicates the pastures and grazing of animals here, as "bruca" means "graze". The church dedicated to the saint is bright and airy with a frescoed dome.
Nearby the frazione hamlet of San Nazario is just two kilometers away and worth a visit to see the church and the village's position as part of the Brulara Valley. There are plenty of trails and country lanes to enjoy the verdant green hills, the woods and the peacefulness here. It is all part of the Cilento National Park so outdoors types will really enjoy the area.
The beaches of the Mediterranean are just a few minutes away, and there are water sports and activities to enjoy, both in Pisciotta and Palinuro. The promontory of Palinuro is very popular with divers, who come from all over Europe to explore the multitude of sea caves. Quieter coves and small beaches can be found along the coast between the two resorts.
WIth only 600 souls, the village of San Mauro La Bruca is a quiet corner of coastal Italy, a far cry from the overcrowded resort destinations further up the coast, perfect for those who are looking for a laid-back and more authentic seaside destination.
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