San Mauro Cilento



At the foot of Monte Stella, on the coastal road, with the hamlet of "Mezzatorre" being the seaside outlet of the municipality.

  • Il borgo di San Mauro Cilento con vista sulla campagna circostante, le colline verdi e il mare
  • Panoramica notturna di San Mauro Cilento
  • Le acque della spiaggia di Mezzatorre nel comune di San Mauro Cilento

San Mauro Cilento between water mills, noble palaces, and culinary traditions

San Mauro Cilento is a small town located in the Cilento region of Italy. It is situated on the coast, between Castellabate and Agnone, and is known for its beautiful beaches, historic center, and traditional culinary dishes.

The town's name comes from the Sanctus Maurus, a saint venerated in the local Benedictine monastery. It was originally formed by the fusion of two villages, Casal Soprano (upper village) and Casal Sottano (lower village). The oldest religious buildings in the town are located in the middle area, including the 12th-century parish church, the 15th-century chapel of the Holy Spirit, and the 17th-century chapel of the Carmine.

The town's origins are thought to be Greek, as evidenced by some inscriptions found in the Edicola di Santa Sofia. The promontory on which the town is built is dotted with ruins of old water mills, while the historic center is home to elegant noble palaces with imposing stone portals. The former headquarters of the "Pio Monte dei Morti" confraternity now houses the Eleousa Museum, which houses an archive and library of the socio-religious history of ancient Cilento.

One of the town's most popular events is "Settembre ai fichi," a four-day agrofesta that celebrates the fig, a local fruit. The festival features a variety of fig-based dishes, from the "Fico Troiano" to the "Fico Bianco del Cilento".

San Mauro Cilento is also home to the Cooperativa Agricola "Nuovo Cilento," Italy's largest producer of organic olive oil. The town also produces a high volume of D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) olive oil.

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San Mauro Cilento: what to do and what to see

San Mauro Cilento is a charming village located in the Cilento region of Italy. The village is divided into two characteristic centers, Casal Soprano and Casal Sottano. The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful, with Monte Stella, olive groves, and a panoramic view of the coastal strip with Mezzatorre. The chestnut woods that cover the mountain are ideal for hiking and trekking, and there are picnic areas along the route. In the coastal area is Marina di Mezzatorre, a tourist destination with numerous accommodation facilities such as agritourisms, bed and breakfasts, and campsites. From an artistic point of view, it is possible to visit the Mother Church, dating back to the 12th century, and the "Elusa" Museum, which preserves ancient texts and manuscripts on local culture.

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How to reach San Mauro Cilento

San Mauro Cilento is easily accessible by a variety of transportation methods.
By car: from the north, take the A2 Autostrada del Mediterraneo south to the Battipaglia exit. From there, follow the signs for Agropoli and continue along the SS18 state road south. Continue on the SS18 to the Vallo della Lucania-Sud exit, then follow the signs for San Mauro Cilento. From the south, take the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria north to the Padula-Buonabitacolo exit. From there, follow the signs for Vallo della Lucania and then for San Mauro Cilento.
By train: the nearest train station to San Mauro Cilento is Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo, on the Napoli-Reggio Calabria railway line. From the station, you can take a bus or taxi to San Mauro Cilento.
By plane: The nearest airport to San Mauro Cilento is Napoli-Capodichino International Airport. From the airport, you can take a train or bus to Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo and then continue to San Mauro Cilento as described above. It is best to rent a car when you arrive in Naples, especially in the low season. This is because there are not many public transportation options available to visit the Cilento areas and get around easily.

Distance from the beaches: 8,6 km
Distance from Salerno: 80 km, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car
Train station: Vallo della Lucania-Castelnuovo, 27 km

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