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San Valentino Torio

The town

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The toponym – as well as the fame of the lovers village – derives from a relic (right arm) of the saint, martyr of Terni; it is preserved in a silver urn of the XVI century, donated by the dukes Capece Minutolo to the church of St.Giacomo, located in the center of the city. The saint is considered the patron of the lovers because he brought back the eye sight to a girl, allowing her to marry a Roman noble man.

Placed in the plain crossed by the Sarno, between the Vesuvius and the Lattari mountains, San Valentino is inhabited since the prehistory, as the vast ditch necropolises testify, datable from the IX to the VI century B.C.The presence of a rustic villa anterior to the I century A.D., instead, shows another settlement from Roman times that exploited the vast territory for agricultural purposes; till today this is a decisive aspect of the economy of the small center, also based on the food packaging industry.

 

 



To see

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Church of S. Giacomo Maggiore Apostle
The first evidence dates back to 1550. Noteworthy is the triptych of Andrea Sabatini from Salerno with the Madonna delle Grazie tra quattro santi (1511), a painting of S. Ignazio and the Last Supper. Also, it is possible to admire two fonts in polychrome marble. The implant has a unique aisle; noteworthy is the wooden pulpit, perfectly preserved. Inside the relics of S. Valentino are preserved.

Church of S. Maria delle Grazie
Situated in the Casatori hamlet, it has a nave and two sides aisles with cross vaults. The original implant was wanted by Nannullo Capece Minutolo, in the XV century and it was widened between the end of the XVI and the first decades of the XVII century. Interesting is the church courtyard that constitutes an unusual testimony of an “Italian garden” with secular palms, fruit trees and central fountain.

Chapel of S. Valentino

It constitutes the noble chapel of the Capece Minutolo Palace (XVI-XVII century). It is provided of an elegant portal in lava stone and it shows a small matroneo directly connected to the noble floor of the palace. Inside is preser ved the wooden bust of S. Valentino of the XVI century, the city and lovers saint patron. Noteworthy are the Baroque altar in polychrome marbles, the frescoed walls in nineteenth-century neapolitan style and a painting of the crucified Christ.

 

 



Events and folklore

February:
The Feast of St.Valentino is celebrated, rich of cultural events that rotate around the love theme. The 14 in the evening, the most gallant boys sing serenades under the balconies of their lovers, bringing sweetmeats as a tribute to them. In the same month Carnival is celebrated with numerous allegorical wagons. Among the demonstrations organized in this period noteworthy is Mestierando, the first fair of arts and works of the zone. Inside the fair structure, for seven days theatrical shows, musical evenings, conferences on the role of the handicraft and of the small and averages industries of the Agro Nocerino Sarnese area follow one another.

September:
During the third Sunday, on the occasion of the celebrations in honor of Maria SS. Addolorata, takes place the Infiorata di Casatori, among the most appreciated tourist demonstrations of the region.

  

 



Gastronomy

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The typical dish is the purpetta ’e pastenaca, or the carrot meatball: it is fried and is prepared with a kilo of carrots, bread crumbs, eggs, pecorino cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. The Rosello and the Cream of Rosello are the typical liqueurs made from rose petals.

The Infiorata of Casatori

Born in 1996, with the intent to insert the small hamlet of Casatori in the tourist itineraries, today it is largely appreciated and famous. On Sunday afternoon that precedes the feast, the people who prepare the flowers work for hours, bowing down on the ground, realizing floral carpets inspired to a religious theme that varies from year to year. Placed side by side the demonstration are the Festival delle Infiorate, realized with the presence of other Municipalities of Italy and the Piccoli Infioratori, the “infiorata” of the boys, inspired to the world of the youngest, that takes place on the following Monday.

 

 



Transportation

By bus
With the Cstp line, circular route 79/80 Nocera-Sarno.

By car
With the A30 Caserta-Salerno, exit at Nocera-Pagani.

By train
With the Circumvesuviana Torre Annunziata-Poggiomarino-Sarno.

 

 



Telephone numbers

• Municipality - 081/5187811
• Police (local) - 081/955027
• Police (state) - 081/5137211 (Sarno)
• Carabinieri - 081/955046
• Guardia di Finanza - 081/8590527 (Scafati)
• Fire services - 081/5157128
• Medical aid - 081/9368176
• Civil Protection - 081/5187839 - 081/5187840
• Water services - 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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