San Mauro Forte stands on a hill in the valley of the Salandrella stream and is surrounded by olive groves, a resource of fundamental importance for the village known for its remarkable oil production, so much so that it has earned the nickname of City of oil. It has medieval origins, as evidenced by the conformation of the historic centre and the presence of the Norman tower, the only element that remains of the ancient Norman-Swabian castle, which was renovated by the Angevins.
Among the places of worship are the Church of Santa Maria Assunta located behind the tower, whose construction dates back to 1553 and which preserves a processional cross from the sixteenth century and a canvas from 1700, the Church of the Annunziata, which was built starting from the end of the fifteenth century by the Franciscans, together with the great Convent, the Church of San Rocco and the Chapel of Santa Maria del Rosario.
San Mauro Forte owes its fame to the Sagra dei campanacci, a festival of pagan origin linked to the cult of the land and the rites of transhumance that takes place during the Carnival period.