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).
One of the signs in town reads:
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.
Views down to Castellabate Santa Maria
Part of original castle wall
Small streets and stairs everywhere
Beautiful small streets
Piazza from movie – The post office in the movie is really a bar
More streets to explore
Poster from the movie – the biggest thing that ever happened here
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