Exploring the old town centre, one can’t miss Punta San Francesco. The small peninsula is found at the end of the rock were the medieval village is located. It has been inhabited since the earliest days, given its strategic positon as a natural fortress, making it difficult to attack from the sea. The name comes from the church and the monastery found at its edge.
It’s said that the religious complex goes back to 1438, when a married couple financed the construction of a monastery and donated it to the Poor Clares. The monastery was probably demolished during one of the tragic accidents hitting the old “Viesti” between the XV and XVII century. The current church and monastery were built on the same site, giving home to the Franciscans. The cloister was later shut down during the French domination, at the hands of Joachim Murat in 1809 and was converted in military outpost first, military and civil prison later. From San Francesco’s street, looking at the church you will see to your left the “Marina Picccola” bay and Saint Euphemia’s small island with its lighthouse, on your right you’ll find a staircase leading to a rock with an amazing sight of the old town centre overhanging the sea and a typical “trabucco”.