Index THE ITINERARY OF S.EGIDIO DEL MONTE ALBINO COMMUNE


The village of S. Egidio del Montealbino was part of the conurbation of Nocera de’ Pagani that grew up in medieval and modern times; it stood at one end of this, along the road leading to Angri e Stabia. The settlement, with its characteristic spindle-shaped layout, stretches along the flank of Monte Albino, at the foot of a natural amphitheatre comprising a spur of the hill overlooking Pagani on the road leading to Corbara and towards the Amalfi coast via the Chiunzi pass. The lower lying quarter of S. Lorenzo lies on the road, which goes back to Roman times, linking Nocera to Stabia. 
The backbone of the historical centre is via Ferrajoli, from which sideroads lead down into the plain and courtyards along the foot of the hillside. 


 
If you arrive from the plain and S. Lorenzo, where you can visit the parish church of S. Lorenzo, you enter the historical centre beside the 18th century Church of S. Maria delle Grazie.
This is built along the road leading up to Chiunzi, giving onto the high street lined with residences of the nobility, several of them endowed with their private chapels, and humbler dwellings, built around courtyards. Among the residences we should mention Palazzo Ferrajoli ‘di mezzo’ which dominates the central section of the high street.

At the end of the street, where it opens out into a square, stands the complex  of the Church of S. Maria Maddalena in Armillis, now the parish church of S. Nicola, with its bell tower in front and 16th century façade dominated by the porch (with important works of art inside).


Beyond the church you come to piazza Ferrajoli, recently laid out, with an important Roman fountain beside the church, readapted. Across the top of the square stretches the broad façade of the other palazzo Ferrajoli, with a Roman altar in its courtyard, found during excavations on this site.