Magliano Vetere is situated between the thick woods and the rocks shaped by the waters of Calore River. Magliano is formed by three hamlets, they are very ancient and surrounded by the wild nature of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento and Vallo di Diano. The path of the rocky chapels is really wonderful, and the itinerary to the Middle Ages bridge under Magliano Nuovo until the wonderful gorges of Calore River, is beautiful, too.
According to a legend, in this territory there is a treasure abandoned by brigands, maybe escaped or caught by gendarmes. The ancient part of the town is inserted in the mountain, forming a “V” shape. The roads are linked thanks to a gallery and are often formed by large stone steps. The Feast of San Mauro, the patron, is very nice with the traditional “cente” that is oval baskets filled with candles, flowers, and ribbons as a homage to the Saint (11th July).
Monuments and natural beauties...
- Santa Lucia Sanctuary, with ancient frescoes on the rocks
Annunziata Chapel, built in 1600, only ruins remain
Santa Maria Assunta Church, with a pink façade; the church is richly decorated
San Fortunato Church, there are three letters carved on the top beam , maybe A of amor (love), G of gaudium (joy) and p of pax (peace). The main wood door was made by Master Antonio Infante in 1733
San Mauro Sanctuary, a rocky chapel. There are some interesting frescoes of 1400 portraying episodes from the life of saints, angels, musicians and singers
Middle Ages bridge on Calore River, it is surrounded by wonderful poppy fields
Rupe rossa, an archaeological site with lucani finds
The name comes from “manlius”, a noble name in the ancient Rome, to which the suffix “etera” was added in VI century, it means “old town”. The area was inhabited by Italian-Greek monks. They escaped from the Balkans in VI century and founded a monastery in this territory.