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ROMANTIC PLACES

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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 featured in three films that used Santa Maria as a film set:  Cavalli by Sergio Staino in 1989; Noi Credevamo by Mario Martone in 2009; and the popular hit, Benvenuti al Sud by Luca Miniero in 2009.

Activities:

By day you can rent a boat at the little harbor. 

At sunset it’s a romantic place to enjoy an aperitivo and watch the sun slip below the horizon with Capri in the background.

VISTA CASTELLABATE

In old Castellabate is a scenic overlook called Belvedere (appropriately meaning “beautiful view”) where a breathtaking panorama awaits from this high point above the sea.  Daytime vistas sweep over the Mediterranean coastline to the horizon, taking in the Amalfi Coast and Capri.  The evenings are romantic when the sun sets and the lights come on below and the moon rises above.  It’s the place of choice for many couples who want to enjoy a post-dinner romantic setting under the stars.

Activities:

Stroll. 

Relax.

Visit the castle of the old town.

Enjoy the views.

VISTA PUNTA TRESINO

Punta Tresino is a promontory that plunges to the sea, reachable on foot from the zona Lago area of Santa Maria di Castellabate.  A trail crosses stands of pines that grow in a natural state without intervention; the climactic and environmental conditions of this zone nurture this uncontaminated, lush Mediterranean vegetation.  Punta Tresino was declared a nature reserve in 1985, to protect its cultural and natural legacy.

Activities:

Excellent for hiking. 

Walking tours,

horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Enjoy the natural terrace that provides a stunning panorama from Punta Tresino to Punta Licosa.

PIAZZA OGLIASTRO MARINA

This charming little piazza was built using local stone.  It is next to the Pineta pine woods and fully faces the calm Bay of Ogliastro.  The most prominent feature is the church, which is popular for weddings and ceremonies because of its romantic setting.

Activities:

Trekking. 

Romantic walks.

 Small boat rentals.

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