Laurino, (Salerno)
Laurino is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwestern Italy. Laurino currently holds a population of 1,758 inhabitants.GeographyLaurino is a typical medieval hill town of the Cilento, the southernmost part of Campania. It dominates the surrounding landscape, overlooking the Calore Lucano river, which is crossed by two medieval bridges; Laurino was once known as the "pearl of the Calore". The river flows through the Cilento national park from its source up on Mount Cervati; it is known for the wildlife it attracts, such as European otters. There are many laurel trees in the area, which probably gave their name to the village via the Latin Laurus or Laurinus.The municipality borders with Bellosguardo, Campora, Felitto, Magliano Vetere, Novi Velia, Piaggine, Rofrano, Roscigno, Sacco, Stio and Valle dell'Angelo. It counts two hamlets (frazioni): Pruno and Villa Littorio.HistoryThe settlement goes back to pre-Christian times. In the 12th century the total population exceeded 3,500, spread between the main town and five surrounding villages. However Laurino was destroyed by the troops of Frederick III of Sicily during the War of the Sicilian Vespers (1282-1302).Due to migration in recent decades toward the north in search for employment, the current population is just under 2000.Main sightsRuins of the Ducal PalaceFrescos and wooden carvings of the main church, Santa Maria Maggiore.The place is known for its natural environment, and initiatives such as the Jazz in Laurino festival in August, which attracts musicians from throughout the country.See alsoCilentan languageReferences^ (Italian) The frazioni of Laurino at the municipal websiteExternal links Media related to Laurino at Wikimedia Public & private history of LaurinoJazzinlaurino An annual jazz festival

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