What to do and see in Castro, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Discover the best top things to do in Castro, Italy including Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro, Grotta Zinzulusa, Passeggiata Intorno Alle Mura Messapiche, Grotta Azzurra e Palombara, Cattedrale di Castro, Cattedrale di Castro, Mura Messapiche, Cappella Folgore, Piazza Vittoria, Piazza Perotti.
Restaurants in Castro

1. Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

Via Sant'Antonio 1, 73030 Castro, Italy +39 0836 947005
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

Reviewed By SimplyFred - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

We looked at the Cathedral and the archaeological site this summer and thought that the small Statue of Athena was on display in the museum. Unfortunately it was locked away somewhere so we missed it! Despite that it is a well restored area and a good defensive position with excellent views along the coast. I hope the statue will be on display next year?

2. Grotta Zinzulusa

Litoranea 2km da Castro Marina, 73030 Castro, Italy +39 0836 943812
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Grotta Zinzulusa

Reviewed By UKExpatNewYork - London, United Kingdom

I am genuinely baffled by the positive reviews for this rip off 'attraction'. There are very few stalactites/stalagmites and they are very uninteresting and dirty-coloured. Our guide didn't speak any English so we had the experience of standing around underground in almost complete darkness with nothing to look at while he told some apparently hilarious anecdotes in rapid and impossible-to-follow Italian, breaking off occasionally to scream 'no flash' at anyone who dared try to take a picture.
For this dubious privilege we had to pay not only for entry but for parking too. Clearly we are missing something because there are literally hundreds of parking places (almost all empty in late September).

3. Passeggiata Intorno Alle Mura Messapiche

Castro, Italy
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Passeggiata Intorno Alle Mura Messapiche

Reviewed By SimplyFred - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

The walk around the walls is a must as it helps to scale the town in your mind. You will pass the old Messepian walls and see the scale of the stones laid there. The walk continues around the south side and the terraces are delightful. A good spot for a picnic or just to rest as there are some seats.

4. Grotta Azzurra e Palombara

Litoranea 2km da Castro Marina, 73030 Castro, Italy +39 0836 943317
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Grotta Azzurra e Palombara

Reviewed By lucado71 - Cosenza, Italy

Usciti dalla grotta della Zinzulusa, viene proposto in tour in barca per recarsi a queste grotte, raggiungibili solo via mare. Nel complesso, molto belle, seppur il molto breve commento del marinaio che guidava la barca. Un giusti completamento alle visite di queste grotte, completabili, senza particolari file, in 2 ore.

5. Cattedrale di Castro

Piazza della Vittoria, 73030 Castro, Italy +39 0836 943317
Excellent
31%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Cattedrale di Castro

Reviewed By SimplyFred - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Over three years we have been to this Piazza full of character & great views. This year we were able to see inside the Cathedral as it was open. The frescoes visible outside are very interesting - I am sure there must be more interesting crypts as well?

6. Cattedrale di Castro

Castro, Italy
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Cattedrale di Castro

Reviewed By Carlo G - Rome, Italy

The Cathedral is a very simple seaside church, with a very peaceful yet solemn athmosphere. The whole area around, with small streets and breath-taking landscapes, is simply amazing.

7. Mura Messapiche

Castro, Italy
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Mura Messapiche

Reviewed By Grivola - Ottawa, Canada

What I find the most interesting about this site is that the archeologists uncovered the access to the ancient fortification and had to stop just 10 metres below a new modern house on the edge of the old town. What would they have found if they could have continued to dig ? View the ancient torso of the goddess Athena in the old castle. The archeologists were still working there when we visited in April but we were told that funds to continue were running out. It's a very small site but does more to spark the imagination when you consider the dramatic coastline and hsitory of this ancient city.

8. Cappella Folgore

Castro, Italy
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Cappella Folgore

Reviewed By ifm05 - Budapest, Hungary

I consider myself a very experienced traveller who backpacked half of world. But didn't find how to approach this location however tried many ways. As I travelled with small childrens decided to stop searching after half hour.
If you want to visit it try to find in time the correct way and good indications.

9. Piazza Vittoria

Piazza Vittoria, Castro, Italy
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Piazza Vittoria

Reviewed By Gourmand50

Piccolo gioiello del XVI secolo. Piazza cinta dalle mura messapiche con pavimentazione in pietra originale. Un silenzio assordante di giorno, un angolo di relax all'imbrunire

10. Piazza Perotti

Piazza Perotti, Castro, Italy
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Piazza Perotti

Reviewed By SimplyFred - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Excellent position & view over the sea to the north. There is a compass in the middle of the Piazza which shows the dominant winds (by direction)

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