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Castellabate is an ancient medieval village which is located in the province of Salerno, in Campania (South Italy). It is located on a hill and it is surrounded by the Castle of the Abbot. It was founded by the abbot Costabile Gentilcore, who is its patron, in 1223. As soon as you arrive in Castellabate you’ll be surprised and fascinated by the Belvedere San Costabile: a big terrace from which you can admire the cristal-clear sea, its beaches, the red roofs of the houses and the streets of the different villages. Before entering the Old town of this magnificent village, you’ll notice a plaque dating back to 1811 and dedicated to Gioacchino Murat, on which it is written: “QUI NON SI MUORE” (which means “HERE YOU DON’T DIE”, and which refers to the purity of the air).

The Old town of Castellabate is full of streets, arches and stairways, all in the medieval style. Some buildings and significant places that should be visited are: the Chapel of the Rosario, The Castle of the Abate (Abbot), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Giulia, the port and the square of Castellabate and its elegant medieval palaces.

Maybe not everyone knows that the village of Castellabate is know because it is where it was made the Italian movie “Benvenuti al Sud” (“Welcome to the South”), with two famous actors: Claudio Bisio e Alessandro Siani.


Castellabate è un antico borgo medievale situato in provincia di Salerno, in Campania (Sud Italia). Si trova sopra un colle ed è circondata dal Castello dell’Abate. Fu fondata dall’abate Costabile Gentilcore, che oggi è il suo patrono, nel 1123. Appena arrivati a Castellabate rimarrete sorpresi ed affascinati dal Belvedere San Costabile: una grande terrazza da cui si possono ammirare il mare cristallino, le sue spiagge, i tetti rossi delle case e le stradine dei vari borghi. Prima di accedere al centro storico di questo magnifico borgo, vi accorgerete di una targa risalente al 1811 e dedicata a Gioacchino Murat, sulla quale è scritto: “QUI NON SI MUORE” (si riferisce alla purezza dell’aria).

Il centro storico di Castellabate è ricco di vicoli, stradine, archi e scalinate, tutti di stile medievale. Alcuni monumenti e luoghi significativi e degni essere visitati sono: la Cappella del Rosario, il Castello dell’Abate, la Basilica di Santa Maria de Giulia, il porto e la piazza di Castellabate ed i suoi eleganti palazzi medievali.

Forse non tutti sanno che il borgo di Castellabate è conosciuto perchè ha ospitato le riprese del film italiano “Benvenuti al Sud”, con Claudio Bisio e Alessandro Siani.

View from Belvedere San Costabile
View from Belvedere San Costabile
View from Belvedere San Costabile
View from Belvedere San Costabile
Old Town
Old Town
“Benvenuti al Sud” movie poster with the famous sentence “QUI NON SI MUORE”

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