Castellammare has a pleasant sea front with stupendous views across the bay to Vesuvius.
The city lies next to the ancient Roman city of Stabiae, which was destroyed by the Vesuvio eruption in A.D. 79.
The castle of the city was erected around the 9th century on a hill commanding the southern side of the Gulf of Naples.
It was restored during the reign of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen and enlarged by King Charles I of Anjou.
The town was a popular holiday resort, dotted with luxurious villas and famous for its mineral water.