10 m (30 ft)
Province of Salerno
Pioppi is an Italian hamlet (frazione) in the municipality of Pollica (Province of Salerno), located in Cilento, Campania region. Its name means poplars in the Italian language.
The area of the actual village was a dependency of the Benedectine Abbey of Cava de' Tirreni. In the year 994 a church was built, named Sancta Maria de li Puppi. Around the building grew a fisherman's village, totally destroyed during the Sicilian Vespers (1282-1302) and rebuilt some years later.
This coastal village by the Tyrrhenian Sea is located between Acciaroli and Marina di Casalvelino (a civil parish of Casal Velino). It is 10 km from the Ancient Greek town of Velia and 4,6 from Pollica.
Pioppi, part of Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, is a welcoming place for tourism, especially in the summer. Due to the quality of its water, it has won the "Blue Flag Beach" award for several years.
One of its sights is the Museo Vivo del Mare (Sea Museum), located in an ancient building named Palazzo Vinciprova.Ancel Keys (1904 - 2004), an American physiologist, lived for 28 years in Pioppi, studying the Mediterranean diet, in a place overlooking the Greek colony of Elea (a locality he named Minnelea, a portmanteau from Minnesota and Elea).
Martti Karvonen (1918-2009), known for the Karvonen method, also lived in Minnelea studying the Mediterranean diet with Ancel Keys. He spent most part of his life after retirement in Pioppi.
Jeremiah Stamler (b. 1919), a renowned cardiologist, who, after retirement, is dividing himself between Minnelea, Long Island, and Chicago.