Founded in 1858 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon as an "agricultural colony", Battipaglia became an autonomous municipality in 1929. Destroyed by bombing during World War II in 1943, the city was soon rebuilt, and after a few years began its great economic development that led it to become one of the largest agricultural production centres in southern Italy.
On the hill that dominates the city, you can admire the "Castelluccio", a medieval building constructed around the year 1000 on the commission of Robert Guiscard and later modified by Frederick II of Swabia. Privately owned at present, it can be visited free of charge in the accessible areas.
You can taste the delicious buffalo mozzarella everywhere in Battipaglia, as well as many other culinary specialities of Campania and Cilento cuisine. The long sandy shoreline with its well-equipped tourist facilities is stunning, too. On the beach you can take part in water sports or relax in the sun at one of the resorts with many facilities.