Badolato occupies a strategic position, originally chosen for protection against enemy invasion. The medieval center, situated on a hilltop, retains the historic Byzantine layout. From here we can admire the mountains and surrounding lands, descending to the sea. Although known as "the town of churches" for the number of Christian structures (a full 13), Badolato is above all a village linked to the sea. In fact the liveliest part of town is the lower borgo with its tourist port, known as Bocche di Gallipari, or "mouth of Gallipari", where the to and fro of pleasure craft continues year round. Aside the harbor are long, shining beaches, from which to admire the wonders of the sea, forever telling the stories of its navigators and brave sailors.