Castellabate’s Old Town
The long history of Castellabate goes back to 1123 when the castle was built by St. Costabile Gentilcore, the Abbot of Cava dei Tirreni, and owes its prosperity and refined culture as well as its social, economic, and secular wellbeing to the benevolence of the Benedictine Order.
The medieval town, which is wonderfully well preserved and skillfully restored, has maintained its original city plan intact, maintaining the small urban gardens, houses connected together along the narrow lanes, an urban plan that developed around the castle and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Maria de Gulia, with its beautiful bell tower, and spread into a compact but charming town enriched with beautiful religious and residential buildings. A few examples are the Palazzo Iaquinto and the Palazzo Perrotti, proudly remembered as having hosted Gioacchino Murat, the French general who became King of Naples.
The medieval town is fascinating and has a unique atmosphere that make it worth the effort to climb the steps and wander the pedestrian alleys that wind in and out of cute corners, past pretty portals and elegant residences. The old town preserves the past while animating the present day with lively festivals, cultural events, and romantic atmosphere.
San Marco di Castellabate is the second stop on the Cilento Coast ferry line known as the Metro del Mare. The fast transit lines to San Marco depart from both Naples (Molo Beverello port) and Salerno….
PORTO DELLE GATTE The little port of Santa Maria is fronted by an ancient stone arcade called Le Gatte. Through the years the space inside the arches has been used as an elegant gathering spot, a wine bar, a pizzeria and a restaurant. It is one of the seaside’s most characteristic buildings, and has been […]
The long history of Castellabate goes back to 1123 when the castle was built by St. Costabile Gentilcore, the Abbot of Cava dei Tirreni, and owes its prosperity and refined culture as well as its social, economic…
The Cilento National Park is Italy’s second largest national park and one its most diverse as it weaves together inland mountains, rolling hills and spectacular coastline. Castellabate is at the northern end of the park