Cetraro-Piazza-del-PopoloEnclosed in the appendix of this guide, there is a suggested itinerary for visiting the old town of Cetraro, specially linked to that of the Museum, and proposed in order to provide an easy reference tool for interested visitors who want to discover or learn more about the historic places that characterise the area of Cetraro and the local artistic and architectural heritage. As it has been conceived as a tour that should follow the visit to the Museum, the itinerary has as its point of reference and departure Palazzo Del Trono, whose façade looks onto Piazza del Popolo.

At the centre of the square you can see the Neptune Fountain, built in 1898, in which a clay statue of Neptune is placed on a column. From Piazza del Popolo, going down via Roma, the itinerary follows the neighbourhoods of the Modern Age, consisting mostly of mayoral palaces.

At the end of Via Roma you can see the ancient Torre Urbica, nowadays a bell tower, attached to the Mother Church of S. Benedict the Abbot, built on the ruins of an ancient Benedictine monastery dating back to the XI century. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1783, the church was rebuilt in Baroque style by master Filippo Noto from Rogliano. Coming out of the Church, the itinerary goes through Via Regina Elena into the heart of the old town, characterised by a maze of narrow alleys and the presence of churches and medieval little houses. Once in Largo Giuseppe Ricucci, you can see the Palazzo del Vicario, built in 1091 and once the seat of the Curia Minor administered by the monks of Monte Cassino, feudal lords for about seven and a half centuries of the land of Cetraro, which they received as a gift in 1086 by the Duchess Sikelgaita, wife of the Norman King Robert Guiscard. On the side of Palazzo del Vicario there is the parish church of St. Nicholas of Bari, whose construction goes back to IX century. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is venerated in the church, as it was to her that the cessation of the cholera epidemic in Cetraro was attributed in 1837. Continuing along Via Regina Elena, you reach the oldest quarter of Cetraro, the Marineria, always inhabited by the families of sailors and fishermen. Further down Via Regina Elena and once on the Strada Statale, you can see the ruins of the medieval church of the Annunciation, the shrine of Calvary and the Sea Gate, one of the three city gates which allowed for the access to the village. Going back onto Via Regina Elena and then Largo Giuseppe Ricucci, you can proceed towards Via Antica Lampezia, that leads in Largo San Giuseppe, once a marketplace. On the square there is also the Museum of Arts and Crafts, set up on the premises of an old oil mill. An animal-tracted millstone and a twin-screw auger for pressing have been left from the old facility. Continuing along Via Antica Lampezia, you reach the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, whose ruined structure appears elevated on the left. Continuing onto the road, overcoming a series of arcades, you arrive in Piazza Giovanni Losardo. There you can see the monumental Palazzo De Caro, a palace in neoclassical style dating back to the XIX century. Going upwards onto via Porta di Basso, it is advisable to go to Piazza Mercato and then straight up onto Via Carlo Pancaro, and from there you can reach and visit the Convent of the Baptistine Sisters, founded in 1912 by Sister Crocifissa Militerni; adjacent is the Gothic Church of Our Lady of Graces, built in 1454. The interior has a single nave, where the altar shows the marble altarpiece carved in 1533 by the artist Gian Battista Mazzolo from Carrara, depicting Our Lady of Graces, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Anthony of Padua. Coming back down Via Carlo Pancaro, you get onto Via Luigi De Seta, where you can see the building Silvio Lopiano, seat of the Town Hall. Proceeding in the middle of the street, turn on the right and take a flight of steps upwards on via Albenzio De Rossi, where you can reach the top of the old town and you will find Piazza Gino Jannelli, surrounded by modern buildings and the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, built in 1634, once belonging to the adjacent Convent of  Capuchins, suppressed in 1865. The church houses, in a separate chapel, a wooden sculpture group of Our Lady of Sorrows, made by Neapolitan artists and donated in 1737 by Blessed Angelo d’Acri, who was appointed many times as the guardian of the convent. The main altar features, along with a temple-shaped ciborium dated 1746, the polyptych made by the artist Giovan Bernardo Azzolino (Neapolitan School) dating back to 1635 approx., with a central altarpiece depicting the Our Lady of the Angels. Coming down from Via Cappuccini and passing through Largo Calvario, you arrive in front of Palazzo Del Trono, thus completing the itinerary.