Gragnano, a hill town located between a mountain crest and the Amalfi Coast, is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Naples in southern Italy's Campania region, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Naples city.

Comune di Gragnano
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Location of Gragnano
Gragnano is located in Italy
Location of Gragnano in Italy
Gragnano is located in Campania
Gragnano (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°41′N 14°31′E / 40.683°N 14.517°E / 40.683; 14.517
Metropolitan cityNaples (NA)
FrazioniAurano, Caprile, Castello, Iuvani
 • MayorPaolo Cimmino
 • Total14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
141 m (463 ft)
 (31 June 2015)[2]
 • Total29,310
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code081
Patron saintSaint Sebastian
Saint dayJanuary 20
WebsiteOfficial website

Gragnano borders the following municipalities: Agerola, Casola di Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia, Lettere, Pimonte, Ravello, Sant'Antonio Abate, Santa Maria la Carità, Scala.

In 1169 its name was added to the title of the bishopric of nearby Lettere, which was thus renamed Roman Catholic Diocese of Lettere-Gragnano, but Gragnano never had a co-cathedral and its title was dropped when the suppressed see was nominally restored as titular bishopric of Lettere.[3]


Via Roma in Gragnano, circa 1900.

Gragnano is home of some of the best dried pasta in Italy.[4] In 2013, Gragnano pasta was designated a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Union.[5]

Gragnano's "main street was laid out expressly to capture the mountain breeze mixed with sea air back when pasta makers hung spaghetti on drying rods like laundry," according to a Forbes Life write up.[4] More recently heaters are used to dry the pasta at low temperatures (approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit) for two days and it is shaped with bronze to give it a rough texture, producing a pasta with "nuttier aroma and chewier mouth feel."[4]

Notable localsEdit

The actor Tito Vuolo was born there.[6]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Mimi Murphy Gragnano Pasta page 36 Forbes Life
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Tito Vuolo". IMdB. Retrieved 17 March 2014.

Sources and external linksEdit

  Media related to Gragnano at Wikimedia Commons