Trentinara is situated near the only pass that in the past linked Paestum to the inner part of Cilento. It is on the rocks of Cantenna Mountain, in fact it is considered the best terrace on Cilento. From the highest part of the ancient town, the panorama is wonderful. Vesole Mount is the ideal place for excursionists and for trekking-lovers. Along the road to Vesole Mount, there are the “nevere” the pits where snow was collected. Solofrone River comes from Vesole Mount, along this river there are the remains of ancient mills. The river go with wonderful falls into Tremonti gorges: a famous decisive battle between Spartaco and Licinio Crasso took place there.
The town is very nice with its narrow streets, the stone portals, the courtyards. A typical dance is Tarantella of Trentinara, with the accompanying of a barrel organ. It is similar to the famous dance of Sorrento. The costumes of the women are really beautiful: the skirt is black and pleated with a white apron on it; the smock is black, pleated and embroidered. The headdress is of white linen.
Monuments and natural beauties...
- Assunta Church, with an interesting bell tower
Rosario Church, there is only a nave. The apse is surmounted by a frescoed dome, and covered with beautiful wood panels all richly painted with flowers. There are also some paintings of the school by Francesco Solimena
San Nicola Church of XI century
Madonna di Loreto Sanctuary, of XIII century, the bell tower has an Arabic dome and there is the cell of an eremite (who guarded the church). The paintings on the ceiling are by Fratel Angelo, the last eremite and guardian of the church. According to a legend Our Lady appeared several times in this place
Solofrone mills and fall
Grava di Germanito, in Difesa Soprano woods, rich of oaks. It is an underground path deep even 80 m in some points
Nevere, the typical pits were snow was collected during the winter to be used during the summer. Today they are well equipped areas
According to a tradition the name comes from the soldiers that guarded the ancient Roma waterworks that arrived to Paestum: they were thirty or maybe were paid thirty denariuses. The modern Trentinara was found by the inhabitants of Paestum that escaped from the Saracen invasions (IX century). Trentinara was a marquisate. In 1943 a German military post was organised in the main square. The Allied forces conquered it with great difficulties.