Policastro Bussentino

Policastro Bussentino (or simply Policastro) is an Italian town and hamlet (frazione) of the municipality of Santa Marina (of which it is the its seat) in the province of Salerno, Campania region. It is a former bishopric, now titular see, and has a population of 1,625.[1]

Policastro Bussentino
Skyline of Policastro Bussentino
Policastro Bussentino is located in Italy
Policastro Bussentino
Policastro Bussentino
Location of Policastro Bussentino in Italy
Coordinates: 40°04′00″N 15°31′00″E / 40.06667°N 15.51667°ECoordinates: 40°04′00″N 15°31′00″E / 40.06667°N 15.51667°E
Country Italy
Region Campania
ProvinceSalerno (SA)
ComuneSanta Marina
4 m (13 ft)
 • Total1,625[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code(+39) 0974
NASA - Gulf of Policastro - Italy
Gulf of Policastro.
Defensive wall Policastro 3
Defensive walls.


The town was founded in 470 or 471 BC as Pixous (Ancient Greek: Πυξοῦς), by Micythus (Ancient Greek: Μίκυθος), the tyrant of Rhegion and Messena.[2][3] It has been a Latin Rite bishopric twice, as Bussento (Latin: Buxentum) and as Policastro, and remains a Catholic titular see as "Capo della Foresta".[4]

During the fascist period, with the union of municipalities of Ispani and Santa Marina, Policastro became a hamlet of Capitello.


The town is located on the southern side of Cilento, not too far from the national park, in the middle of its Gulf of Policastro on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Situated by the estuary of river Bussento, it is 10 km far (north) from Sapri, 5 from Santa Marina, 4 from Scario (hamlet of San Giovanni a Piro), 25 from Marina di Camerota (hamlet of Camerota) and almost 90 from Salerno. The nearest villages by the sea are Capitello (hamlet of Ispani, far 2 km) and Villammare (hamlet of Vibonati, far 4 km).


Policastro attracts visitors, especially in summer, due to the quality of its water, its rural surroundings and a good rail link and for camping.


The railway station is situated in the middle of the town, by the main line Rome-Naples-Reggio Calabria-Palermo/Catania. Regional trains run every hour. The town recently inaugurated (2006) as the final track of national road SS18, which runs from Salerno - Battipaglia - Paestum - Agropoli - Vallo della Lucania - Palinuro to Sapri. Policastro has another carriageway, a variation of SS 517 that reaches Padula and the A2 Motorway[5] exit Padula-Buonabitacolo, via Sanza.

See also


  1. ^ a b ‹See Tfd›(in Italian) Infos on italia.indettaglio.it
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Italian) "Pixunte" on the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani
  3. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen, An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 289.
  4. ^ GCatholic - former bishopric of Buxentum and titular see of Capo della Foresta
  5. ^ Naples-Salerno-Cosenza-Reggio Calabria

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