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.