Welcome to Sangineto
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Population: 1,407 (2003)
Official site: n/a
Sangineto is divided into 2 very different
Sangineto Lido and the historical centre.
The marina or "Lido", where many of the hotels
reside, is a short drive down from the
highway which is home to Il
Castello del Principe - or Castel of
Princes, constructed by Prince Sanservino
di Bisignano, in the 1400's, to protect
the strategic position which Sangineto
occupied along the coast.
The castle is located overlooking the sea
at Sangineto's Marina, where most of the
hotels in the town are located.
The long expanse of beach, which the castle overlooks the ever-changing
waters of the Mediterranean, is
picturesque. Entering the marina
area, lush foliage spill over the walls of
antique villas. To call the town
pretty, would be an understatment.
Today, at the foot of the castle a
music hall/night club has been built
offering summer visitors drinks and
appetizers in a romantic setting, welll
into the night, particularly during the
summer months, where what seems like the
whole of the North of Italy comes to
Meanwhile, as the hustle and bustle of
Sangineto in the marina attracts mainly
Italian tourists during the summer months, tucked away
at the height of an expansive valley a few miles from
the sea, the ancient town of Sangineto
sits quietly, almost secretively away from
modernity in a large valley, surrounded by
vineyards and olive groves, like a kingdom
The drive from the marina to the heights
of the town is a picturesque journey unto
itself and visitors who enjoy walking
would be well-advised to walk it, as the
scenery deserves to be appreciated with
The village at the height of the valley,
is interesting to explore and if you are
driving, here is where you should exit
your car and get out and walk around.
The many medieval alleyways, don't allow
for cars anyway.
Walking through them, is the best way to
appreciate the visible history which goes
back to pre-greek tribal groups who occupied
the area, knows as the Enotrians. The
succession of empires which have occpied
since then, are visibl in the walls and
door frames of the houses.
The town of
Sangineto was well-populated well into
the 1900's until many from the small town,
due to economic hardship throuhgout
Southern Italy, left to North America or Australia in
hopes of better employment opportunities.
However, the one-time opulance, the town once
still evident and can be traced back
through history from the arrival of the
Greeks to the Turks, Spanish and French.
The principle church of the town, Santa
Maria delle Neve, offers an interesting
interior, with a beautiful Madonna.
However, be forewarned that the church is
not open all the time. Rather, you
can only get access to it, from
4:00-5:00PM, so if you are interested in
seeing it, be sure to come during those
From San Gineto, additional walks to be
had, which offer picturesque panoramas of
the village, include taking the road,
which breaks just before entrance to the
town, up to Bonifati. Travelling
along this road, beautiful expanses of the
valley below come into view and wonderful
photo opportunities of the valley meeting
the saphire sea are all too possible.
Region of Calabria
The Cedri Riviera
EATING IN SAN GINETO
A traditional Calabrian Restaurant that
offers visitors home-made pasta, excellent
antipasta and mouth watering fish and meat
dishes. Even if you're not staying
in Sangineto, on your run down the SS18,
its a good idea to stop here.
View of Sangineto
by Jesse Andrews
A3 Salerno/Reggio Calabria exit at
Lagonegro nord or Lauria then SS 585 Fondo
Valle del Noce
which will hook you on to the SS18, which
runs parallel to the Mediterranean.
Following the SS18 past Diamante and
Belvedere, you arrive at Sangineto.
Roma – Napoli – Reggio Calabria railway
line, stop at the Belvedere railway
station, which is the closest station.
Terme Airport (CZ) Km 130; Napoli
Capodichino Airport (NA) Km 210.
Cetraro or Diamante harbour are the
closest harbours to Sangineto(PZ)
Santa Maria della
by Jesse Andrews
Santa Maria della Neve (1200 AD).
Though the church has a new face, the door
and interior of the church have remained
us about your trip to Sangineto. What
were your favorite places to visit,
stay, and dine.
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