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Palinuro seen from the surrounding hills
Palinuro seen from the surrounding hills
Palinuro is located in Italy
Location of Palinuro in Italy
Coordinates: 40°02′00″N 15°17′00″E / 40.03333°N 15.28333°E / 40.03333; 15.28333Coordinates: 40°02′00″N 15°17′00″E / 40.03333°N 15.28333°E / 40.03333; 15.28333
Country  Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Comune Centola
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
 • Total 1,500
Demonym(s) Palinuresi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 84051
Dialing code (+39) 0974

Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish (frazione) of Centola,[1] Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. The name of the town is derived from Palinurus, the helmsman of Aeneas, as recorded in the fifth and sixth books of the Aeneid.



Palinuro lies on the southern side of Cilento, on the Tyrrhenian Sea and in the northern part of Cape Palinuro. The town, situated at the estuaries of the Lambro and Mingardo rivers, is also the main port of the comune. It is 7 km from Centola, 8 km from Marina di Camerota, 10 km from Pisciotta and 80 km from Salerno.


Palinuro is part of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, an area of "shrubland" typical of Mediterranean countries.

It is popular with tourists, especially in summer, due to the cleanliness of its waters and beautiful beaches; and is regularly awarded five stars Blue Flag[2]
The town is also famous for the caves along its coast,[3] which are regularly visited, especially by frogmen.


The town is linked to Salerno and Naples by hydrofoils. The nearest main road is 10 km to the north, connecting Salerno-Battipaglia-Paestum-Agropoli-Vallo della Lucania-Policastro-Sapri.

The nearest railway station, Pisciotta-Palinuro (on the Naples-Reggio Calabria line) is 8 km to the north and is linked to the town by regular buses.


The Arco Naturale beach of Palinuro was selected as a location in various films including Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules and the Captive Women, and Clash of the Titans.

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