Campagna

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Campagna within the Province of Salerno
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Campagna
Campagna (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°40′N15°6′E / 40.667°N 15.100°E / 40.667; 15.100
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Camaldoli, Galdo, Mattinelle, Puglietta, Quadrivio, Romandola-Madonna del Ponte, Santa Maria La Nova, Serradarce.
Government
  MayorBiagio Luongo
Area
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  Total135.41 km2 (52.28 sq mi)
Elevation
270 m (890 ft)
Population
 (2009) [2]
  Total16,183
  Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Campagnesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
84022
Dialing code 0828
Patron saint Antoninus of Sorrento
Saint day14 February
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Palazzo Tercasio, the first print office of Principality of Salerno
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Palazzo di Città: the cloister

Campagna (Italian: pronounced  [kamˈpaɲɲa] ) is a small town and comune of the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Southern Italy. Its population is 17,148. [3] Its old latin name was Civitas Campaniae (City of Campagna). Campagna is located in one of the Picentini Mountains valleys at an altitude of 270 meters above sea level.

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History

The first records of the area date back to the IX century in the Lombard period. The position of the town was strategic for enemies attacks during the Middle Age. Lately, the town became an important cultural and religious center. It was home for many Bishops until the 1973 when the Diocese of Campagna merged with the Archdiocese of Salerno.

During the Second World War, Campagna was a temporary home for many Jews thanks to Giovanni Palatucci and his uncle Giuseppe Maria Palatucci. People arrived from the north of Italy and Campagna citizens hid those people in the basements of the churches. Giovanni was later honoured as a Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Much of this is documented in Elizabeth Bettina's book, It Happened in Italy . Today, goods left by the Jews are shown in the Museo della Memoria in the Campagna town centre.

Geography

Campagna borders with Acerno, Contursi Terme, Eboli, Olevano sul Tusciano, Oliveto Citra, Postiglione, Serre and Senerchia (this one in the Province of Avellino),

The municipality counts the frazioni of Camaldoli, Galdo, Mattinelle, Puglietta, Quadrivio, Romandola-Madonna del Ponte, Santa Maria La Nova and Serradarce. Other localities are Avigliano, Folcata, Oppidi-Varano, Saginara and Sant'Angelo.

Tourist destinations

Castles, palaces, fountains and bridges

Churches, religious buildings and structures

Museums

Nature reserve

Notable people

A' Chiena

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'A Chiena in August 2017.

Campagna is famous for its traditional summer event ‘A Chiena’ (Italian : La Piena), which takes place annually every weekend between July and August. During the event, the city river Tenza is deflected from its natural course through the city main street where people wait for the water to come. [4] This tradition comes from the ancient practice of cleaning the streets by using the river water. Later, it was converted into a delightful moment for locals and tourists. [5]

I Fucanoli

I Fucanoli is festival in honour of Sant'Antonio, taking place on the 17th of January. The celebrations begin in the late afternoon with a service followed by a procession whereby the Sant'Antonio statue is carried in the streets of the city centre. While the statue is carried through the streets, huge fires are ignited.

Sister city

Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco is Campagna's sister city.

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References

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. (in Italian) Source: Istat 2010
  4. ""A Chiena" water festival". Euronews. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. "Continua a Campagna 'A Chiena': secchiate, balli e folklore con i piedi nell'acqua". Salernonotizie. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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