What to see in Castellammare di Stabia, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the spa, cathedral and Roman villa.
Town of Campania in the province of Naples, Castellammare di Stabia is located along the Amalfi Coast, about 30 km from the Campania capital.
It extends from the sea, going up to the first hills of Monte Lattari, which characterize that stretch of coast.
In ancient times it was the ancient Stabiae, destroyed in 79 AD from the eruption of Vesuvius, of which the remains of some Roman buildings remain, in addition to the Angevin castle.
Today it is a modern city, whose economy is mainly based on the food, chemical, textile, shipbuilding and wood industries.
Renowned seaside resort, Castellammare di Stabia is also equipped with good hotel equipment, including spas with about 30 types of mineral waters with various properties, divided into sulphurous, calcium bicarbonate and medium hardness.
The Madonna's water and the Acetosella water, appreciated for the treatment of stones, are bottled and exported all over the world.
In Castellammare di Stabia there are many religious buildings, including the 16th century Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta, with a Latin-shaped plan and divided into three naves with five chapels, where numerous artistic works are preserved, including the Deposition and the Nativity dello Spagnoletto, an early Christian sarcophagus and a statue of Archangel Michael.
In Castellammare di Stabia there are four sanctuaries, including that of Santa Maria di Pozzano, located on the hill of the same name and dating back to the sixteenth century, where there is the panel depicting the Madonna di Pozzano, found in a well following a miraculous event , and where he stopped to pray San Francesco di Paola.
In the city center some important civil architectures also deserve to be seen, among which Palazzo Farnese, seat of the Town Hall, Palazzo del Fascio, Palazzo Alvino and the Reggia di Quisisana, which dominates the city.
The San Biagio cave is located at the base of the Varano hill, under the area once occupied by a Roman Villa which was destroyed following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.Recommended readings
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It is an underground construction about 30 meters long which, in Roman times, initially served as a quarry to extract the material necessary for construction.
Later it became first a funerary monument, then it was transformed into a church run by the monks of San Benedetto and dedicated to Saints Mauro and Iasone.
The interior of the cave contains some frescoes, located on the left wall of the gallery and around the presbytery, including the representation of the Archangel Michael and the Virgin who sits on the throne with the Child in her arms.