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Metropolitan City of Naples
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
Gragnano is located in Italy
Location of Gragnano in Italy
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Province of Naples (NA)
Frazioni Aurano, Caprile, Castello, Iuvani
 • Mayor Paolo Cimmino
 • Total 14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Elevation 141 m (463 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 29,818
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gragnanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80054
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Saint Sebastian
Saint day January 20
Website Official website

Gragnano is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, Campania region, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of capital. As of 1 January 2007, it had a population of 29,818 and an area of 14.6 square kilometres (5.6 sq mi).[1] "A hill town wedged between a mountain crest and the Amalfi Coast," Gragnano is home of some of the best dried pasta in Italy.[2] A group of artisanal producers in the area are seeking a European Union designation that would protect the pasta's provenance.[2]

The municipality of Gragnano contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Aurano and Caprile.

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


  • Pasta 1
  • Notable people 2
  • Demographic evolution 3
  • References 4
  • External links 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.[2] 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"[2]

Notable people

The actor Tito Vuolo (1893-1962) was born there.[3]

It is said to be the inspiration for a young Bruno Bozzetto who dreamt up the idea for cartoon Mr. Rossi here whilst staying as a teenager with his family.

Demographic evolution


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ a b c d Mimi Murphy Gragnano Pasta page 36 Forbes Life
  3. ^ "Tito Vuolo". IMdB. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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