Comune di Roscigno

Panoramic view of Roscigno showing also Roscigno Vecchia (below in the right corner)

Coat of arms

Roscigno within the Province of Salerno

Location of Roscigno in Italy

Coordinates: 40°23′57.89″N 15°20′47.97″E / 40.3994139°N 15.3466583°E / 40.3994139; 15.3466583Coordinates: 40°23′57.89″N 15°20′47.97″E / 40.3994139°N 15.3466583°E / 40.3994139; 15.3466583
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Salerno (SA)
  Mayor Pino Palmieri
  Total 14 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 570 m (1,870 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 827
  Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Roscignoli
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84020
Dialing code 0828
Patron saint St. Roch
Saint day 16 August
Website Official website
The ruins of Roscigno Vecchia
The church of Roscigno Vecchia.
An old palace and the fountain of Roscigno Vecchia.

Roscigno is a small town and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is on the slope of Monte Pruno and, as of 2011, its population was of 827.[1]


Roscigno is situated in the central area of Cilento. It is within Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park and the Cilento World Heritage Site. The municipality borders with Bellosguardo, Corleto Monforte, Laurino, Sacco and Sant'Angelo a Fasanella.[2]

The town is divided in Roscigno Nuova (New Roscigno, simply referred as Roscigno), the new settlement built after a landslide at the old settlement; now named Roscigno Vecchia (Old Roscigno), distant 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the "new town".

Main sights

Roscigno Vecchia (Old Roscigno, also named Roscigno Vecchio – 40°24′07″N 15°20′21″E / 40.401823°N 15.339255°E / 40.401823; 15.339255) is an example of a 19th-century rural town developed around a central square and a church unmodified by modern architectural or infrastructural changes.

It has been completely abandoned since the early 20th century, when the population moved to Roscigno Nuovo due to a landslide. Now open for tourism, the ghost town was declared an eco museum [3] in the early 21st century. Nearby, and also in the province of Salerno, there is another example of ghost town: the old village of Romagnano al Monte.

Some 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) outside the town is the archaeological site on Monte Pruno, a settlement of the Oenotrians and the Lucani (7th-3rd centuries BC).

See also


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