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Few Italian districts have equal potentialities of development as those of the “Agro Nocerino Sarnese”.

Extended on the plain of the Sarno river, between the chains of the Lattari and Picentini Mountains, the Agro has an extension of only 170 square km and a population of about 270,000 inhabitants.

Therefore, the Agro appears as a compact territory, open to traffic and united by an ancient common history. The river floods and the rains of the Vesuvian ashes have made the earth particularly fertile. For more than two million years this countryside produces vegetables and fruits of extraordinary tastes. It would be enough to quote the “San Marzano” tomato, famous all over the world and recognized by illustrious scientists as highly valued in the care and in the prevention of a lot of illnesses. Such wealth has created, from one side, a close network of small agricultural family businesses that, on small pieces of ground, keep on devoting themselves to specific cultivations; from the other side, it has determined more and more the growth of modern preserve industries.

Other historical characteristic is the textile industry, started by the great structures installed by the Swiss Wenners – then become “Manifatture Cotoniere Meridionali” – that for over two centuries still on characterizes this area.

The commerce and the industry represent the first points of strength of the project for the future. Other advantages are added: a valid local agency of development, a district and an industrial area centred on the food drawplate, the unique Counter for the productive activities, a work force qualified by tradition and continuously updated through formation interventions, to strong investments in action to improve the already good road net, to a suitable net of communications, to the proximity to Salerno, Naples and the Interporto (road-rail distribution hub) of Nola (at only 15 kilometers).

From "Guida alla Valle del Sarno" Istituto geografico De Agostini 2006

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Castel San Giorgio
Nocera Inferiore
Nocera Superiore
San Marzano sul Sarno
San Valentino Torio
Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino

Realizzato dalla Soprintendenza Beni Archeologici Salerno-Avellino e Benevento, nell'ambito del progetto pilota per la gestione dei beni complessi della Valle del Sarno di cui all'Intesa Istituzionale di Programma, finanziata dalla Regione Campania nell'ambito dell'Accordo di Programma Quadro - II atto integrativo all'APQ 'Sviluppo Locale'.

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