In the Province of Salerno, situated on the plain of the Sarno River between the Lattari and Picentini mountain ranges is the Agro Nocerino Sarnese territory.
The area, that represents the lungs of agriculture in the Province of Salerno, is made up of the towns of Angri, Castel San Giorgio, Corbara, Nocera Inferiore, Nocera Superiore, Pagani, Roccapiemonte, San Marzano sul Sarno, San Valentino Torio, Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, Sarno, Scafati and Siano.
The fertility of the land determined the Agro Nocerino Sarnese area as the agricultural and food processing chain of Salerno.
The centre of this activity is without doubt the production of the San Marzano DOP tomato, whose conserves and by-products make it one of most well-known and appreciated typical Italian products in the world.
The economy as a whole of the Agro zone is thriving, thanks to the presence of numerous industries of tobacco, and the manufacturing of hemp and textile fibre. As well as its thriving economy, Agro Nocerino Sarnese is one of the areas of the Province of Salerno characterised by numerous artistic and historical gems.
Among these, testifying to the importance of this area in ancient times, the archaeological area of Nuceria Alfaterna, churches and above all ancient villas and castles, such as Villa Calvanese in Castel San Giorgio, Doria Castle in Angri, and Fienga Castle in Nocera.
The latter, in particular during the summer period, are home to a variety of shows, from music to art, folklore to gastronomy, in a continuous blend of Christian customs and pagan traditions.
The Picentini mountains extend from the plain of the river Picentino until that of the river Irno in the middle of the area of Picentino one of the most visited in all the Province of Salerno. This zone is situated between the city of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast and the valley of Cilento: a perfect place for those who want to spend a week surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, and enjoy calmness tasting delicious and traditional dishes. Doubtless all these elements render the zone of Picentini the flagship of Salerno for what concerns the rural tourism.
The following municipalities form part of the Picentino mountains; Acerno, Castiglione del Genovesi, Giffoni Sei Casali, Giffoni Valle Piana, Olevano Sul Tusciano, Montecorvino Rovella, Montecorvino Pugliano, San Cipriano Picentino and San Mango Piemonte, that since 1995 make up the Montana community.
This territory is described in southern Italy as the "reservoir of drinking water": an environment constituted by fantastic hills covered in Mediterranean scrub, spectacular flora ideal for trekking but also clefts and grottos of an extraordinary splendour.
Everything in this place encourages the tourist to enjoy the nature and the deep relation between environment, tradition and respect of the territory. It's the perfect location for those who love enogastronomic tourism indeed inside the hamlets of Picentino you could eat some of the most tasty dishes of all the Campania Region passed on through olg-age recipes at the new generations.
Typical local produce includes: buffalo, mozzarella, "caciocavallo" (a type of southern Italy cheese), Pecorino cheese, several type of meal, without forgetting of course the famous chestnuts of Montella and Hazelnuts of Giffoni and also the exquisite mushrooms and truffle. You could taste this ingredients in the numerous local restaurants, B&B and different festivals which promote the delicacies of the traditional picentin dishes. In the Picentini Valley you could discover the genuine hospitality of the local restaurateurs and the revival of the flavours and the smell of the simple country life.