Perched on a hill 170 metres above sea level, Pisciotta has preserved its glorious past. Its historic centre is tiny and starting out from the 14th-century Palazzo Marchesale, we can walk down Via Roma in the middle of which we find the (partly hidden) 18th-century chapel della Mercede, before moving into the artistic Piazzetta Pagano with its patrician houses looking over it, the Mother Church dedicated to the worship of San Pietro and San Paolo, and the 17th-century Palazzo Ciaccio.
In the highest part of the centre, reachable only by foot, there used to be a Franciscan convent, built in the 16th century, of which only the outer walls are still standing. A few kilometres further on, we reach the Marina of Pisciotta where local fishermen established the base of their small fleet and performed the custom of ‘salting’ anchovies.
Today the harbour, which once housed the characteristic boats called ‘menaide’, is one of the main drivers of Pisciotta’s tourism development, which has been one of the most famous tourist resorts on the Cilentan coast since the 1920s.