Palinuro is the largest fraction of Centola. It is a seaside resort of Cilento, whose name is linked to a character of the Aeneid, the mythical Palinuro, helmsman of the fleet of Aeneas.
Palinuro is a rather well-known tourist destination. The good summer receptivity is due both to the quality of the waters (that the fruit for some years the Blue Flag and the "Vele di Legambiente") and to the position of the town in the context of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano. In addition to the beaches located on the side of the village of Palinuro, the area called Spiaggia Mingardo (also called Arco Naturale, due to an arched rock formation) on the side of the Policastro gulf is quite popular.
There are several beaches: the Buondormire beach is among the best known beaches of Palinuro, the beach of the Saline, the Ficocella beach, the Marinella beach and the Arco Naturale.
Another reason for tourist attraction are the numerous sea and submarine caves located around Capo Palinuro (including the famous Blue Grotto), rather appreciated for underwater excursions.
A country with a still typically medieval appearance with its castle in the middle and a small crowd of houses to crown it.
With good approximation its origins date back to 915, when a part of the inhabitants of the now destroyed Pixus chose this place to find shelter, founding Pixoctum. Hence the phonetic transformation in Pisciotta. Like Policastro Bussentino also Pixus and then Pisciotta derive from the name of the box plant (pixos in Greek) whose presence on the original territory was abundant.
The small town is a fine example of Baroque art. This is testified by the different noble palaces and religious structures such as the Mother Church with its precious paintings. In addition to the castle are also Palazzo Mandina, Palazzo Francia, the ruins of the Franciscan Convent of 1522 and the majestic Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul, full of remarkable works including the picture with the image of St. Francis miraculously released from the 'fire set by the Turks in 1640 at the convent.
Moving a few kilometers on the coast, the offer for tourists who love the sea is quite varied. Starting from the north the most admired beaches are Fiumicello and Acquabianca characterized by the presence of pebbles made wide and round by the millennial action of the sea; Passariello and finally Gabella, a comfortable and wide sandy beach suitable for everyone. In any case, any destination you choose for your holidays certainly will not be disappointed by the quality of the water, the Blue Flag in fact waves on these shores. The good health of the sea is also witnessed by the vast prairies of Poseidonia, a particular plant that grows lush on the seabed.
How to reach us
- By plane : Capodichino Airport (Naples), transfer to Naples Central Railway Station by taxi or bus. Take the train to Pisciotta-Palinuro.
- By train : Salerno Reggio Calabria railway line to Pisciotta - Palinuro station, which is about 800 meters from the village.
- By car, from the north : Exit at Battipaglia and continue for Agropoli-Vallo della Lucania and exit at PODERIA. Continue towards Palinuro - Caprioli;
- By car, from the south : Coming from the south, Motorway A3 Reggio Calabria - Salerno; exit Padula - Buonabitacolo - continue along the Bussentina with exit to Poderia. Continue towards Palinuro - Caprioli;