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Punta Licosa, Castellabate

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Licosa is a southern Italian village and hamlet of Castellabate, a municipality in the province of Salerno, Campania. As of 2009 its population was of 82.HistoryThe toponym derives from the Greek word Λευκωσία (Leukosia, Lefkosía in Modern Greek), meaning "white". A legend says that Leucosia was one the 3 mythological sirens met by Ulysses in the Odyssey. The toponym is therefore related to Nicosia (Lefkosía, Lefkoşa), capital of Cyprus, and to Nicosia, a town in Sicily.The area, inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic, was settled by Oenotrians, Lucani (Leukànoi), Greeks and Romans; as witnessed by the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Leucosia, or Leukothèa. In 846 it was the site of a naval battle between the Saracens and the Duchy of Naples with allies.
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  • The legend of the beautiful island tells that Leukosia was one of the three Sirens saw by Ulysses during its epic journey. It’s a very small island with a lighthouse and the ruins of the lighthouse...  more »
  • Start at San Marco, Castellabate, 50 min walk along signed private track past villas, some views, to a tiny port and rocky shore. Or start at private entrance to Tenuta Licosa, far west end of...  more »
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