Corbara

The town

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The small centre is situated on the coast of the Lattari Mountains and is a forced passage for those who want to reach the Costiera Amalfitana, crossing the suggestive Chiunzi Pass. It has no more than 2,700 inhabitants but the resources as well as the enchanting views are many: the scenary offered by thousand of lights that illuminate the whole valley undoubtedly deserve a glance in the evening, from the slopes of the Vesuvius to Castellammare of Stabia. The only known discoveries refer to wall ruins probably linked to wider ancient structures which are not documented in an exhaustive way.

The first toponym attestation dates back to November 1010. For long time, beginning from the end of the seventeenth century, the Municipality was united to Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino and San Lorenzo. The difficulties of connection among the three centers brought autonomy. Today the local economy is based on the production of vegetables – famous is the “corbarino” tomato – and fruit.

 

 



To see

Church of S. Bartolomeo
The church, whose first news dates back to 1010, was completely restructured from 1587 and gifted with eight altars in the following centuries. Interesting is a Madonna with Child and Saints Bartolomeo and Pietro, datable among 1591 and 1598, attributable perhaps to the entourage of Fabrizio Santafede. Also, some paintings by Luca Giordano are preserved.The church is devoted to the patron saint of the village.

Church of S. Erasmo
Quoted for the first time in 1581, it contains a wooden sculpture of the patron saint. 

Church of S. Giuseppe
It was built in the first decades of 1700 for devotion of the local Giordano family. 

 

 



Events and folklore

Last Sunday of July:
Feast of the descent of the Angel, a child dressed as an angel is lowered from the church of Sant’Erasmo, while he chants hymns and throws flowers on the crowd.

August:
Summer in Corbara, musical review inserted in the manifestation Naples in the world.
24 August: Feast of St. Bartolomeo, patron of the small Town.

  

 



Gastronomy

Particularly delicious are the tomatoes, to be tasted with the “scarpariello” sauce. Typical is also a tomato salad with garlic, onion, green peppers, small pieces of aubergines, celery and basil. Finally, appreciated is the local, red full-bodied wine.

The Corbara Tomato (Corbarino)  
The slopes of the Lattari Mountains, on both sides, the Costiera Amalfitana to one side and the other side, that overlooks the Sarno Valley, are since a long time the selected places for the cultivation of the “Corbarino”. The tomato distinguishes itself for the pyriform aspect and for the bittersweet taste. Still cultivated by the farmers of Corbara, you can eat it both fresh, dressed with olive oil or used for preserves. Hung to the pergola, waiting to be tasted it in the winter season, it becomes a true delicacy. The great demand of the “Corbarino”, due to its particular organoleptic qualities, makes sure the cultivation of this vegetable to extend also in the plain below.

 

 



Transportation

By car
With the A3, exit Nocera-Pagani.

By train
With the FF.SS., the station nearest to Pagani.

 

 



Telephone numbers

• Municipality - 081/913811
• Police (local) - 081/913811
• Police (state) - 081/920311 (Nocera)
• Carabinieri - 081/915444 (Pagani)
• Guardia di Finanza - 081/5176334 (Nocera)
• Fire services - 081/5157128
• Medical aid - 081/9368176
• Civil protection - 328/4552799 - 328/3904953 - 081/930484
• Water services - 089/461195 - 081/5161517 - 800218270
• Electricity-Gas – 800900800 - 800016086

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


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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