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Campania, Italy

Campania is in southern Italy below Rome. It includes famous areas like Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Campania has wonderful Blue Flag Beaches and some very interesting mountain towns. You have everything thing here including: museums, beaches, mountains, great food & wine and friendly people.

We chose this area to have a second home and have fallen in love with it. Come walk with us through several towns in the great region.

– George

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Castellabate Pictorial

Castellabate is a small mountain town with a sister beach resort town, Castellabate Santa Maria. It is located in the Province of Salerno, Region of Campania. There are only about 8,000 people in this small mountain town. The sister beach town has about 4,000 residents but it gets many tourists during the summer. Roads leading up are small with many hair-pin curves.

You can drive south from Salerno to Agropoli or take the train. Castellabate is just south of Agropoli. Having a car makes it easier to see this town.

This town was made famous in Italy by the Movie Benvenuto al Sud. It was first released on Oct 1, 2010 in Italy. It is a very funny movie about the perceived differences in people from the north of Italy and the south. It is only available on DVD in PAL format (European format).

Benvenuti al Sud

One of the signs in town reads:

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Here one does not die!

In the movie they changed this sign to read Here everyone dies.

You are high up on a mountain with views down to the beach town.

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Views down to Castellabate Santa Maria

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Part of original castle wall

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Small streets and stairs everywhere

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Beautiful small streets

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Piazza from movie – The post office in the movie is really a bar

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More streets to explore

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Poster from the movie – the biggest thing that ever happened here

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So many stairs

This is a wonderful mountain town to explore especially if you have seen the movie. There are great views and good restaurants here. It is very romantic to stroll along the small streets and climb the many stairs. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Benvenuti al Sud the movie

There is an Italian movie with English subtitles called Benvenuto al Sud (Welcome to the South). It is a very funny movie that tells you a lot about life in Italy between the north (NORD) and the south (SUD). It is a movie about a postman living outside of Milan that wants to work in the Milan Postoffice. He tries everything including pretending to be handicapped. It almost works but he is caught and sentenced to work in the south. He is transferred to Campania to the city of Castellabate. I have written about this wonderful town high up in the mountains.

Benvenuti al Sud

He believes everyone is wild and will mug him (like our wild west). Soon he realizes the people are friendly, the city is beautiful and he is enjoying himself. He keeps telling his wife that things are so bad because she feels sorry for him and treats him well. She decides to make a trip south to see his life. He organizes the town to use an old movie set to have gun fights and make it appear as scary as possible.

Of course she finds the truth and in the end they both make real friends of the local people. This movie had a sequel called Benvenuti al Nord. There are rumors they may be an Est (east) and Ovest (west) version in the making.

This movie is only available in PAL (European) format DVD. It will not play on most DVD or BlueRay players in the USA. Our MAC will play it as well. You can also buy cheap PAL DVD players.

Enjoy this peek into Italian folklore.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Castellabate Italy

Castellabate is a mountain town in Cilento, southern Italy. It is located south of Agropoli. This town was featured in the funny Italian movie, “Benvenuti, Sud”. This DVD is only available in PAL (European format) but does have English subtitles. It is a very funny movie about the perceived differences between the north and south of Italy. We laughed all the way through this movie.

Castellabate

Castellabate

Like so many seaport areas of Italy, this town has two parts. One is called Santa Maria Di Castellabate and is on the shore with beautiful beaches. It overlooks the bay and you can see the tip of the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri. The other is a fortified mountain town called Castellabate. This is a pedestrian town only. You park in one of several parking lots and walk into the center. The views are spectacular. You can see the entire Amalfi coast and Salerno. You can take a ferry to various towns on the Amalfi Coast.

From here you can go to the large city of Agropoli or father north to Salerno. You can also visit the Greek ruins at Paestum (about half way between Salerno and Castellabate. There are hundreds of small beach and mountain towns waiting to be explored. Take your time because each little town has its own treasures to be discovered.

George & Jo Anne

 

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