The town is situated at the slopes of Cervati mount.
The ancient part of the town is characterised by the wonderful XIX century palaces with the typical stone portals, the fountain of 1593, the charming bell tower of Nostra Signora del Rosario Chapel.
From this town it is possible to follow wonderful itineraries in the woods at the slopes of Cervati Mount and have a break in the shelter that is in Cupone Soprano hamlet, at 1400 m above the sea-level.
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne feast in July is very nice.
Monuments and natural beauties...
- San Gaetano Chapel with a wonderful organ and two shrines containing two wood busts portraying San Francesco Saverio and San Pasquale. There is an interesting painting portraying Our Lady and San Gaetano with the Holy Child
Fountain in the ancient part of the town of 1593
Madonna dei Cerri Church
Madonna di Loreto Church
San Giacomo Apostolo and San Filippo Church
San Nicola Church with the charming bell tower of Nostra Signora del Rosario Chapel
According to a legend, the town was founded by people coming from Gargano mount or by pilgrims devoted to Saint James of Compostela. The name of the town comes from the cult of the Spanish saint Jacopo di Diano.
The town developed during Norman period, but on the territory there are archaeological sites of pre-Christian age, of 50.000 years ago.
The town developed at its best around XVI century, when some families built their elegant palaces. It was a sad period: barbaric invasions, Longobard, Saracen and Arab invasions destroyed the town. Thanks to Normans the situation improved. In these years the inhabitants moved to the valley and founded San Giacomo church. New palaces were built: Marone, Nicodemo, Gorrese palaces.
In 1800 the patriots Michele Aletta and Vincenzo Marone took part to the fights for independence.
In 1933 there was a rebellion against the abuses of the Fascist government.