Sangineto (CS)

The village that unites sea and mountain

Sangineto is a hilly ancient village dating back to the time of the colonisation of Southern Italy by the Oenotrians.
The village is located within the Pollino National Park and lies between the old town, with its typical medieval layout, and the Lido, characterised by a wonderful coastline that forms part of the Riviera dei Cedri.
Although Sangineto's main attraction is its marine tourism, it also benefits from several natural points of interest along the Apennine ridge.

The panoramic views over the surrounding mountains and valleys are particularly impressive. The only access road climbs up a gently sloping hill surrounded by greenery before arriving at the small village that perches on a steep slope in such a peculiar position that it is often studied by geologists and naturalists.
As you climb the steep steps of the historic centre, which, in places, are covered by arches, you will come across the remains of Castello Antico, the castle around which the town was built.
 The parish church of Santa Maria della Neve, which exemplifies the artistic talents of the period, houses a beautiful baptistery with a 17th-century wooden lid. Outside the church, you can admire a beautiful stone 14th-century portal in tufa stone.
 The church of Santa Maria della Neve is a must-visit attraction: the stone, pointed arch portal on its facade is indicative of its medieval origins, meanwhile, inside it contains an enchanting 17th-century baptismal font in stone and carved wood. Divided into two naves, on the sides there are false arches with alcoves containing wooden statues from the mid-18th century, and frescoes from the 16th century.
Other religious buildings include the Convent of San Francesco da Paola which was built in 1558 and initially dedicated to Santa Maria della Pietà. Unfortunately, the seismic events of the 1980s transformed the already damaged structure into a collection of rubble. The church located next to the convent was later reopened for worship and was dedicated to San Francesco di Paola.


As you head down towards the sea, you will notice that the whole area is dominated by the magnificent 15th-century Castle whose construction techniques, including the cylindrical corner towers and the 16th-century loggia, are of particular interest. Once owned by the Barons Giunti, the Prince's Castle is well preserved, not least thanks to a recent restoration. In fact, it is in such good condition that during the summer season the castle gardens host events and theatrical and musical performances, including the concerts of the Peperoncino Jazz Festival.
Although Sangineto's main tourist attraction is its marine environment, it also benefits from several natural points of interest further inland. One of these is the small lake on the slopes of the Apennine ridge where you can also find two fissures which will no doubt appeal to cave enthusiasts. Lake Penna, of a karstic nature, is situated in a beautiful pine forest surrounded by beech woods which make the area ideal for outdoor picnics, especially in summer.
Mountain lovers simply must hike up the Monte Cannitello massif, which is a medium to difficult route. When you reach the top, all of your hard work will be paid off as you marvel at the panoramic views. On one side you will be able to see the beautiful coast of the high Tyrrhenian Cosentino, whereas the other side gives views over the woodland canopy of the hinterland which makes up part of the Pollino Park.

Prince's Castle

The Castello del Principe, also known as the Castello di Sangineto, was built in the second half of the 14th century by the Sangineto Counts. It was originally built to replace the old castle located upstream which was used to monitor via del sale.
The new structure was built downstream to control the mouth of the river Sangineto. At the time of its construction it was surrounded by the sea and could only be reached by a drawbridge which has now been replaced by a wooden bridge.
 The Castle has a quadrangular structure with four cylindrical towers in each corner. The building has a parallelepiped shape; its rectangular windows are found on three sides only and are uneven in size; the south-west side is adorned by a 16th-century loggia with four arches; in the inner courtyard there is a two-flight staircase that gives access to the upper floors.
Unfortunately, the south tower has partly collapsed due to severe damage.
The castle has been abandoned for a long time, but now, thanks to a series of restoration works, it is used to host entertainment and leisure activities.


A long time ago, five watchtowers were built in the area of Sangineto.
Torre San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph's Tower), located in Via San Giuseppe near the church of the same name, was a circular tower which is now incorporated into Palazzo Stumbo.
Torre di Civitas (Civitas Tower) located in the town of the same name, was a circular watchtower, however not a single trace of it remains.
Torre di Pietrabianca (Pietrabianca Tower), which is situated in the locality of the same name, was a square-based tower. It was of considerable strategic importance as it was positioned to guard the mouth of the river Sangineto. It has now been converted into a private home.
Torre Scaglia (Scaglia Tower) was a circular structure located in Sparvasile, but there is now no longer any trace of it. Only a few ruins are still visible, whose presence is confirmed by some aerial photos taken in past decades.

The marina

During the summer months, the beaches and clubs of the entire coastal area are very popular among the inhabitants of Sangineto and the surrounding area, as well as with holidaying tourists.
 The Castello del Principe, the town's main historic building, is also situated near the coast and is often used for parties and entertainment events.
The beach of Sangineto Lido consists of a few small bays of mixed sand and gravel. Its seabed slopes gently down to the sea before becoming very deep.



Address Via G. Matteotti n° 10
  87020 Sangineto (CS)
Phone number 0982 970709
Fax 0982 970810
Website http://www.comune.sangineto.cs.it/


Sangineto is a popular holiday destination and the village is crowded for the whole summer.

The wonderful 14th century Castle of the Prince has a square layout and four towers. The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena is also worth a visit.