Santa Maria di Castellabate
Santa Maria di Castellabate is situated on the beautiful and unspoilt Cilento coast. It offers a wonderful combination of wide sandy beaches, rocky coves, verdant hills and natural flora and fauna. The area is a protected marine zone and has been awarded the 'Blue Flag'. This prestigious award testifies to the quality of the sea and represents excellent attention to the environment and hospitality.
The Perrotti Tower
The best-preserved cilento coastal tower is the norman-Aragonese tower better known as the Perrotti Tower. It represents, on the one hand, the memory of a harsh period for the Cilento coast persistently attacked from the Saracens, on the other hand, a world-class artistic and cultural heritage representing the power of the noble Perrotti family. The fortification has been an inspiration to many artists and poets. Amongst others, Arthur John Strutt, 19th century English painter, guest of the Baron Perrotti on his journey from Gaeta to Palermo. In that occasion, the artist captured the historical tower in his book ‘A pedestrian tour in Calabria and Sicily’.
Porto delle Gatte
The port of the Cats is characterised by a series of XII century stone arches, once used as warehouses for the local fishermen. According to legend the name finds its origins in the candle lights which used to illuminate the storage areas, which seen from the sea, resembled cat’s eyes. Today the nets and other fishing equipment are just a distant memory, with restaurants and bars occupying the place. However, the candles on the tables continue to recreate the enchanting resemblance of ‘cats eyes’, keeping the memory of the past alive.
The 19th century Villa Matarazzo, used to be the summer residence of the count Francesco Matarazzo, one of the most important global industrial exporters. The villa is located between Corso Matarazzo and the Matarazzo square. The wide terrace offers a view of the entire property characterised by a great variety of typical flowers and green fields which used to host the family's extensive vines. At the entrance a bronze bust of the son of the Count Matarazzo, as well as old maps used in travels around the world and the villa’s grand rooms.