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On the top of a hill, sloping gently toward the sea, is Pisciotta: the crown is a mantle of majestic uninterrupted centuries-old olive trees, true monuments of nature. The country retains unchanged the urban structure, typically medieval, with the castle on top and around it, houses, huddled to each other, to form a whole for defense against pirates or by hostile armies and bands.
The origin the country is likely to be placed around the year 900, when, destroyed by the Saracens in the ancient Pixus, some of its inhabitants refuge here and founded a small Pixus, ie Pixoctum. Pisciotta feud is already in the twelfth century belong, inter alia, Caracciolo and then to the Sanseverino. In 1522 began the construction of Franciscan monastery, which remains today the bell tower and a few other ruins. The estate was bought in 1554 by Don Sancho Martinez de Leyna, captain general of the galleys of the Kingdom of Naples, who began the construction of the towers to defend the coastal territory from the assault of the Turks. In 1602 they are the lords of Pisciotta the Pappacodas, who held the estate, meanwhile, became Marquis, up to 1806. It is to them the construction of the Palace, built on remains of the castle, which includes the one hand, on the west side.
From 1635 to 1639 Bishop Louis Pisciotta Pappacoda moved to the Episcopalian. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the country suffered heavy attacks by Barbary pirates
and Turks, after which it is targeted mainly bands robbers, including the famous Fra 'Diavolo. And 'the majestic of the '500 Church, dedicated to Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul, which houses works valuable, including a framework S. Francis, miraculously survived the fire to set it monastery by the Turks in 1640.
At the beginning of the '700 Pisciotta is the most populous country in the Cilento: large economy, based mainly on oil production olive oil, but also to commercial traffic, especially maritime, that occur from its port, one of the few existing south of Salerno.
Today Pisciotta relies on olive oil production - the famous olive tree "Pisciottano" - and especially to its natural beauty and to the exceptionally mild climate, its future.
A seven km from Pisciotta Rhodium rises, a country rich in water and vegetation. The name was brought into relation with the rose and Rhodes, the seat of the Order of Jerusalem Knights of Malta. In fact already in the thirteenth century. Commandery of the Order was Military Order of Malta, together with S. Mauro will burn it.
At the center of town is the parish church dedicated to St. Lamb Abbot, whose original nucleus dates back to the fifteenth century., And the Palace Baronial, of whom we have no
some news: perhaps it was built in the late seventeenth century. a Basil, Baron of Commandery of Rhodium and already Baron Mandia.
Along the rivers near the village are many mills-mills, to witness the agricultural traditions of the country, and especially wheat producer of olive oil.
The road that leads to Pisciotta is bordered by Rhodium Mediterranean and chestnut woods, with their intense and that variegated colors form the backdrop to this charming Medieval village.

Photos by Paolino Vitolo - web: www.paolinovitolo.it
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