Discover the hidden ancient origins of the fascinating historic town of Sapri, perched on the coast and steeped in both history and charm.

The historic town of Sapri, in the province of Salerno (Campania) is full of surprises. Its ancient Roman name, Sinus Laus, betrays its age. There is, however, other evidence of the distant origins of this captivating coastal town. These hide within the walls of the city’s buildings. Cicero described this place as a jewel of the region. This port on the Tyrrhenian Sea boasts both cultural and natural attractions.

Sapri itself has been named one of the top 15 seaside resorts in Italy. The beautiful nearby beach of Uliveto boasts a blue flag award for cleanliness. An endless stretch of sand descends gently into the clear waters of the bay. This makes the beach an ideal spot for young children to play and swim safely. Alternatively, for those who prefer a more historical day out, Sapri doesn’t disappoint. This was once the site of Carlo Pisacane’s infamous 19th century revolutionary expedition. Today this even is marked by a monument in the harbour.

For example, take a stroll along the Lungomare Italia di Sapri to enjoy beautiful sea views and some fresh air before ascending into the town centre. Here you can order delicious local dishes at the Ristorante Lucifero, a veritable local institution.

After lunch, explore the Astronomical Observatory. Alternatively, wander out to the famous rock of Scialandro, on the top of which you can spot the “spigolatrice di Sapri”, a homage to the celebrated patriotic poem of the same name by Luigi Mercantini, written in 1857. This poem dramatically narrates the previously-mentioned disastrous expedition by Carlo Pisacane and the resulting massacre of 300 young men. Once you’ve got your fill of exploring for the day, there are plenty of sunny spots to sit and gaze out into the bay while enjoying a well-deserved local gelato. The historic town of Sapri definitely won’t disappoint!

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