Welcome to Camerota and
Marina di Camerota
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Population: 6,583 (2003)
Marina di Camerota is 6.5
kilometres from Palinuro, and is
arranged in a semi-circle around
the bay which it occupies. The
town, is just barely visible (on
the peninsula which creates the
Gulf of Polycastro, from the
The scholar Cirelli holds that
the name Camerota derives from
the Greek "KamarotÚn" alluding
to the fact that in the region
there are numerous grottoes (caves).
In all likelihood the village
was founded by the Greeks in the
8th or 7th century B.C. from 868
occupied by the Saracens and in
909 its castle became the second
stronghold in the Cliento (along
Agropoli). The castle
had stables, decorated halls, an
internal chapel, secret passages,
torture rooms, a dungeon, a
drawbridge and a tower (some 30
meters high). In 1552,
Camerota was first sacked and
then burnt down by the Turks of
the Rais Dagut.
The village of "Camerota" itself,
on the Cape of Polinuro, resides
above the Port. The
surroundings of the picturesque
village are domintated by dense
groves of centuryold olive trees,
with silvery green foliage,
providing an enchatning backdrop
for the town and it's marina.
Some would go as far to say,
that Camerota is the least-well
known place in all of Italy, and
perhaps the most beautiful.
The villagers here claim, that
they haven't seen any foreigners
for over 50 years and none of
them understand why!
The harbour is certianly the
most important public work of
Camerota, and provides the
foundation for the village's
econoy all year round, where
hundreds of tonnes of fish are
unloaded every year to supply
the local inhabitants and those
of the nearby areas.
The Marina di Camerota fishing
fleet is justly considered one
of the most well-known, the main
catches being tuna, swordfish and
Perhaps more fascinating than
the fishing trade however, is
the large cermaic production, in
this seemingly isolated village
on the cape of Polinuro.
The ceramic trade here, began in
the 19th century: the
manufacture of clay products by
bay artisans who make vases and
containers of all shapes and
sizes, particularly the
so-called momole, famous porous
jugs whose principal purposes is
to keep water cool.
Production of earhenware jugs
and dishes is both highly
developed and very profitable.
A craft which no longer esists
is theat of making esparto grass
ropes, woven with long strands
of grass, and used until recent
times in the cultivation of
by Jesse Andrews, October 6th,
Getting to Camerota
by car or train is
The only way to get
here is by ferry or
personal cruise ship.
Ferries board daily
about getting to the
Marina of Camerota!
You won't ever
There are no hotels
Praia a Mare.
Day trips are the
best way to visit
us about your trip to Camerota. What
were your favorite places to visit,
stay, and dine.