Cilento, a Must-See Travel destination
A journey through the valley of the temples of Paestum, the Cilento National Park, the wonders of Castellabate and villages on the coast
The Cilento is hidden just around the corner, it is not far from the famous Amalfi Coast, and is one of the best kept secrets in Italy. It has spectacular mountain ranges, pristine beaches, some of the best town gastronomy festivals, rich in history and centuries-old ruins. Each year thousands of Italian and foreign tourists decide to spend their holidays in the villages of Cilento, remaining fascinated by the natural and wild beauties that only the Cilento Coast can offer.
The territory of Cilento extends from the city of Paestum, site of the Doric temples, up to the Gulf of Policastro, near the town of Sapri.
Then the vast territory and the plurality of cultures has meant that it was marked by a multitude of traditions.
More than cities along the coast there are holiday villages, in fact among the most visited we can find the beautiful Santa Maria di Castellabate, Acciaroli, Velia, Palinuro, Marina di Camerota, Scario and Policastro Bussentino. Then the most important cities are Vallo della Lucania in the heart of Cilento National Park, Sapri and Agropoli: which is the largest by population and main port.
Cilento, quality and cheap tourism destination
While the coast of Cilento lacks the gloss and sophistication of the Amalfi Coast, it can still boast about when it comes to its beaches: a combination of bays and long stretches of golden sand with a welcome to tourists much cheaper.
Even Italians who are not from this area agree: the best mozzarella in the world comes from this region. Here the buffaloes are treated like stars in excellent living conditions to produce the best milk for your favorite cheese in Italy.
A trip to the cheese factory as Vannulo or Barlotti will show that these animals will produce not only the most succulent mozzarella but also cottage cheese, yogurt, pastries, ice cream and much more.
Cilento has always been synonymous with healthy and good food. Just think that we are in homeland of the Mediterranean Diet, Each year hundreds of tourists from all over the world on the occasion of various gastronomy festivals. The Typical products, DOP and IGP going crazy on the market, in fact, after tourism, they are the second most profitable source of income to the area.
Fortunately today, where many years ago the Mediterranean diet was born, it is still possible to discover the true flavors of the kitchen.
Cilento between myth and legend
The region is rich in Greek mythology and legends, as can be seen by the names of some cities, how is visible in the remains of the colony of Paestum(ancient Poseidonia) and Velia (Elea). The latter was also the home of "Eleatics", a school of pre-Socratic philosophers like Parmenides, Zeno of Elea and Melisso of Samo.
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park
Second park in Italy for size, the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, extends from the Tyrrhenian coast to the end of the Campania and Basilicata and preserves numerous traces of human presence. Thanks to extraordinary natural characteristics it has been included in 1998, together with the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia and the Certosa di Padula, in the world heritage list of Unesco.
Discovering what to do and see in the CilentoArt e Archeology
The Sea Museum of Pioppi, the picturesque town of Camerota, Archaeological Site of Paestum.Nature and Parks
Castelcivita caves, Cilento and Vallo di Diano national park.Typical Products