Monuments and natural beauties...


  • Palazzo Bammacaro. It is one of the most ancient building of the town, it is very elegant
    Santa Barbara Church is very interesting. The style is Baroque, and it is like the style used in the churches of the province of Naples in the second half of 1700. There are three naves. The bell tower with the clock is really beautiful. Inside there is an organ made by Neapolitan school in 1846
    Pietra marmoreal (a marble stone), of 1935, that recalls the sanctions against Italy. It was a typical fascist object. After the fall of Fascism the stone was removed and kept by two inhabitants that then put it back at its place
    Steam mill, it is the only steam mill in the province of Salerno according to a document of 1879
    Ruins of the Longobard community of La Sala, called San Basile
    Palazzo Parrillo and Scarpa
    Madonna di Loreto Church, with ancient statues and frescoes
    Tempetella, a panoramic area from where it is possible to admire the wonderful landscapes among Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano and the sea

History...

Sala was first mentioned in a document kept in the Abbey of Cava dei Tirreni of 1043. It was founded by Longobards.
In this area there were the Basilian monks, in fact there is an area called "San Basilio". In the past its name was Sala di Gioi. It was called “Sala maior” to distinguish it from “Sala minor”, the ancient “Salella”, a hamlet in the territory of Gioi.
The town underwent all the most negative consequences of Vespro war between Angevins and Aragons (1282-1302).
The most important family to rule Sala was the baronial family Bammacaro that had bought the feud of Sala di Gioi.
In 1806 feudalism was abolished and Sala became an autonomous municipality, it refused to be united to Gioi in 1861.
In 1800 middle class became really powerful and in the French decade (1806-1815) they obtained many state and ecclesiastical lands, becoming the real master of the town.
Farmers rebelled against middle class because they didn’t obtain any lands, for example on 2nd April 1848 they occupied the lands in the feud of San Basilio.
With a royal decree on 26th March 1863, the name of the town was changed in Salento.


 

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