On a vast plain at 278 mt. above sea level is located the magnificent village of Castellabate edificated progressively around the Castle of the Abbot, built in 1123 by San Costabile Gentilcore. With the building of the manor, Castellabate experienced, between the XI and XV centuries, a period of great splendor, becoming the most important feud of Cilento. The old town has preserved its typical medieval plant, on which have been edificated some aristocratic houses dating back to the XVII century: in particular buildings Perrotta and Iaquinto, worth a visit for their large amount of artwork.
The three fractions of Castellabate are Castellabate, San Marco di Castellabate and Ogliastro Marina.
One of the most beautiful and suggestive place of the whole Cilento coast, Punta Licosa was declared a protected marine area. It is a wide area of Mediterranean forest and where are a tiny village at the foot of Monte Licosa (326 m) and an ancient fortress. Once past the pinewood you have access to many small rocky beaches part of the protected marine reserve of Castellabate. The boat trip to the island of Licosa represents the crowning touch of a day spent in one of the best places in the Cilento. To the mythical siren that gives the name to the place, are dedicated two concerts held on boats sailing in the sea area that separates the beach of Punta Licosa from the island of Licosa.
Access to Punta Licosa develops along two limited traffic pathways located in Ogliastro Marina and San Marco di Castellabate.
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The ancient heart of Agropoli, which can be reached by a monumental gate of the 'XVII Century, is a triumph of narrow streets, houses carved into the rock, steep stairways that seem to dive into the blue sea. The ancient CastleI dates back to VI century A.D.
Among its beaches we should mention the picturesque Bay of Trentova, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It can be reached from the nearby beach of San Francesco, in the south-east of the marina. Going southbound there are Scoglio del Sale and Punta Tresino which are places of undeniable charm. Equally fascinating are the beaches which begin in the nearby of Torre Aragonese, running parallel to the waterfront of San Marco, in the west area of the marina.
Paestum, after over 2,500 years its foundation, is one of the main archaeological site of the ancient Greeks, and today one of the tourist destinations most admired and visited both by Italian and foreign tourists.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paestum offers a journey into the suggestive atmosphere of ancient Greek and Roman culture; in the Archaeological Area you can admire the grandeur of the three Doric temples, the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Athena and Temple of Poseidon, located in the sacred area right in the center of the small town: they are beautiful examples of Greek archeology that can be compared only to the Parthenon in Athens.
In front of the archaeological site it's located the National Archaeological Museum of Paestum, where are numerous archaeological remains found in Paestum: vases, statues, coins, jewelry, and painted slabs of the Tomb of the Diver, the only example of painting from the Greek period of Magna Grecia.
Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul Mare is a town near Salerno declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, together with the other towns of the Amalfi Coast.
Known since ancient times as Etruscan town, and later invaded by the Samnites, the Lucanians and then by the Romans, it is the undisputed capital of the artistic ceramics. The marina is dominated by the sixteenth-century Dome of the Church of St. John the Baptist, covered by hundreds of "scandole", fish-shaped tiles of three colors: yellow, green and blue. The effect of iridescent tiles will not go unnoticed, nor by land, neither the sea and it makes the temple the symbol of Vietri.
The archaeological area of Elea-Velia, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, covers a impressive headland and it has been painstakingly brought back to light in the last century and a half through excavation works that are still ongoing and that aim to bring out the entire perimeter of one of the most beautiful cities of Magna Grecia, founded by a group of refugees Phocian around 540 B.C.
The WWF Oasis “Caves of the Bussento River”
Morigerati is located in a hilly area of Cilento just 95 minutes by car from Castellabate.
The WWF Oasis was founded in the 1985, it's 607 hectares wide and is an ideal ecological preserve for rare and endangered wildlife species.
The tour of the Oasi starts from Morigerati and by walking along an easy mule track you will reach the entrance to the Caves of the Bussento river and descending a staircase carved into the limestone and passing throught a wooden bridge you can cross the river that flow from the rock below. Outside, the whole area is worth a visit for the beautiful naturalistic landscape, don't forget to visit also the ancient water mill, restored and currently in working condition.