Index THE ITINERARY OF ROCCAPIEMONTE COMMUNE


The village of Roccapiemonte straddles the roads leading from the area of Cava and Nocera to Castel S. Giorgio and the area of Sanseverino towards Avellino. The settlement, overlooking the medieval area of ‘Apus montem’, stands at the foot of Monte Solaro, with its characteristic cone shape, and is dominated by the ancient fortification that presided over traffic and men coming and going between Nocera, Cava and Mercato Sanseverino. It takes its name from the stronghold, although little remains of this: the ruins are awaiting refurbishment and can be reached by routes leading up from the village.
The historical town centre lies either side of corso Pagano, the 

 
 high street leading to Castel S. Giorgio, lined by recent constructions including Palazzo Marciano (designated for cultural activities) and some fine stone doorways from the 17th and 18th centuries. If from piazza Zanardelli you go along the main road running along the hillside from Materdomini (in the district of Nocera Superiore) to Mercato Sanseverino, at the start of the road you come to the church of S. Maria del Ponte, with its pointed 15th century bell tower.
In a side street of via Roma, running perpendicular to the high street, viale dell’Immacolata, stands the impressive complex  of the Church of S. Giovanni Battista, the town’s most important church, with the adjacent Confraternita del Corpo di Cristo.


On the outskirts of the historical centre, at the end of via Roma stands Villa Ravaschieri, an important specimen of 19th century Neogothic, with its park and chapel of the Addolorata erected in the 18th century to a design by the Neapolitan architect Sanfelice. From the villa you take the road leading to the toll booth of the A30 motorway of Castel S. Giorgio, proceeding to the quarter of S. Potito. In the square stands the church of the Addolorata and the 20th century convent. Further on, in Casali, its square dominated by the church of S. Maria delle Grazie and in Codola, close to Nocera Inferiore, you come to the church of S. Pasquale, with a Baroque doorway in tuff.