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Nowadays, San Mauro Cilento comprises two urban areas named Casalsoprano and Casalsottano; they surround  the large area stretching from the south-western side of “Monte Stella” to the sea. In fact, the hill of San Mauro Cilento is nestled among  the mountains and a narrow coastal belt named Marina di Mezzatorre. The name of the village comes from its patron saint, that is, Sanctus Maurus. Actually, according to tradition, there was a Benedictine monastery where the first housing unit settled down. At the present time, the village centre still preserves several features of its original aspect such as the little churches, the noble palaces, or the narrow alleys paved with local stone. Among them, “Palazzo Paleologo” is worth mentioning. After they had their city destroyed in 1453 by Mohammed II,  it is said that some Greek noble families from Costantinopoli took refuge in San Mauro. Among them, there was a member of Paleologi royal family whose name was Rogerio. He was the natural child of Tommaso Paleologo, that is, the brother of the Emperor Constantine XI. The mountain of San Mauro is filled with chestnut trees; furthermore, there are also several equipped picnic areas located all around the territory where you could spend your free-time. Due to its geographical position, San Mauro is just a few kms far away from both Acciaroli-Pollica (if you want to dive in the crystal clear water of its wonderful sea) and “Monte Stella” (if you prefer taking a walk and experiencing the thin air of a mountain hike). The economy of the village is mostly based on agriculture; in fact, it is well-known for the production of local wine, extra-virgin olive oil and figs. Last but not least, the famous director Mario Martone has recently chosen San Mauro Cilento as the perfect stage for his film “Noi credevamo”.

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