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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos where we will showcase the best of the fascinating town of Pisciotta: – Pisciotta is a charming town in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, in southern Italy. It is located in the Cilento National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves the natural and cultural heritage of this area. Pisciotta is perched on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, surrounded by ancient olive groves that produce a high-quality oil. The town has a history that dates to the Trojan War, when some survivors founded the colony of Pixous, later renamed Buxentum by the Romans and Policastro by the Saracens. Pisciotta was born in 915, when the inhabitants of Policastro fled from the Saracen invasion and settled on the hill, naming it after their original homeland. Pisciotta has maintained its medieval urban layout, with a castle on top and small houses leaning on each other to defend themselves from pirates. The town is rich in artistic and architectural treasures, such as the Church of St Peter and Paul, which houses a painting of St Francis miraculously saved from a Turkish attack in 1640, the Palazzo Marchesale Pappacoda, built on the ruins of a 12th-century castle, and the Palazzo Francia and Palazzo Lancellotti, two elegant 17th-century buildings. Pisciotta is also close to the archaeological site of Paestum, where the ancient Greek temples and frescoes can be admired. Pisciotta is a perfect destination for those who love nature, history, culture and gastronomy. It offers a variety of activities, such as hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating and diving. It also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Olive Oil Festival, the Fish Festival and the Patron Saint’s Day. Pisciotta is a town that will enchant you with its beauty, hospitality and authenticity.

Via Salerno is a street in Pisciotta which runs from the outskirts of the town to Via Foresta. (Photos 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8) – Via Foresta is a street in Pisciotta which runs from Via Salerno to Piazza del Carmine. (Photos 9-1-11-12) – Piazza R. Pinto is a square in the historic centre of Pisciotta, a small town in the province of Salerno, Italy. Pisciotta is part of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is named after Raffaele Pinto, a local hero who fought against the French occupation in 1806.It is surrounded by ancient buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and is a popular spot for socializing and dining, as it hosts several restaurants, cafes, and bars. Piazza R. Pinto is a charming place to visit and experience the culture and history of Pisciotta (Photos 13-14-15-16) – Via Cannone is a street in Pisciotta which runs from Piazza R. Pinto to Via Castello (Photos 17-18-19) – Via Vette is a street in Pisciotta which runs from Piazza M. Pagano to Via Castello. (Photos 20-21-22) – Piazza M. Pagano is a square in the historic centre of Pisciotta. The square is named after Mario Pagano, a jurist, philosopher, and writer who was born in Pisciotta in 1748 and executed in Naples in 1799 for his involvement in the Parthenopean Republic. The square is a typical example of the medieval urban layout of Pisciotta, which is characterized by narrow streets, stone houses, arches, and staircases that create a picturesque and suggestive scenery (Photos 23-24)

Pisciotta Cuisine: – Pisciotta is known for its rich and varied cuisine. Some of the food which is special to Pisciotta are: – Anchovies: Pisciotta is famous for its anchovies, which are caught in the nearby sea and preserved in salt, oil, or vinegar. They are used in various dishes, such as pasta, salads, soups, and antipasti. Anchovies are also a symbol of the town’s history and culture, as they were once a source of income and trade for the local fishermen. – Lagane: Lagane are a type of fresh pasta made with flour and water, like tagliatelle. They are typically served with chickpeas, beans, or lentils, and seasoned with garlic, oil, and chili pepper. Lagane are a traditional dish of the Cilento area and reflect its rural and peasant origins. – Fusilli: Fusilli are another type of pasta, shaped like corkscrews, that are typical of Pisciotta and the Cilento region. They are handmade by twisting small pieces of dough around a thin rod, called a fusillo. They are usually cooked with tomato sauce, meat, cheese, or vegetables. – Cavatielli: Cavatielli are small, shell-shaped pasta that are also common in Pisciotta and the Cilento region. They are made by rolling small balls of dough on a wooden board, creating a hollow in the centre. They are often served with broccoli, mushrooms, or ragù sauce. – Pesto: Pesto is a sauce made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and oil, that is widely used in Italian cuisine. However, in Pisciotta and the Cilento region, pesto has a different meaning. It is a sauce made with wild fennel, mint, parsley, garlic, chili pepper, and oil, that is used to flavour pasta, fish, or meat dishes. It is also called pesto Celentano, to distinguish it from the more famous pesto Genovese.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk – Via Salerno to Piazza M. Pagano
Approximately 1.49 km – 0.93 miles

The walk starts in Via Salerno – Via Foresta – Piazza R. Pinto – Via Cannone – Via Vette – Piazza M. Pagano