One could use the headline of a national newspaper to tell the story of Sapri: ‘People in Sapri never die’. This gives us a good idea of the clean air, the mild climate, and the exceptional overall quality of life.
The sea port is the last port of call of the ‘Metrò del Mare’, local Naples – Cilento ferry line, and it is a popular destination for many yachtsmen travelling on the route between Naples and the Aeolian Islands. The origins of Sapri are very ancient, as shown by some settlements from the Bronze Age discovered not far from the village.
In Roman times, the bay and its hinterland were of great importance, both as a tourist resort and as a commercial port. Cicero, who was an enthusiastic visitor, called it ‘Parva gemma maris inferi’, little gem of the South Sea. In the first century AD, along the western end of the bay, an imposing villa was
built and later enlarged in the imperial age. Early in the twentieth century, a gravestone from the first century AD was found near the villa. The ruins of Roman farms and roads have been discovered along the hills behind the bay.
Italian patriot Carlo Pisacane landed on the beach of Brizzi on 28 June 1857. Sapri has not forgotten its unfortunate hero of the Italian unification: his story, which ended with the massacre in the Valley of Sanza, is told in Luigi Mercantini’s poem ‘La Spigolatrice di Sapri’. But
Pisacane’s expedition is also remembered by an obelisk in Largo dei Trecento, by a statue of the hero that was placed in 1933 in the town gardens and by an impressive statue that depicts him lying on Scialandro cliff, while looking at the point of the bay where the army of three hundred men landed.