Imposing and massive, Zungoli’s ancient castle is the first thing that travelers will notice upon reaching the village. This fortress, believed to have been built in the 11th century to defend the area from Byzantine raids, initially had four towers, although only three are still standing. It remains the historic heart of the settlement today. The village itself unfurls beneath the castle, perched on a small tuff hill. Upon walking through it, we encounter various elements of great artistic importance, such as the main church of Santa Maria Assunta rebuilt after the earthquake in 1930, the church of San Nicola with its historic organ, the church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli abandoned by Servites following the plague of 1656 and later restored, and lastly the historic buildings. A place of history and traditions, Zungoli is a little gem to be explored.