Cilento Coast, a beautiful unexplored part of Italy
From Naples to Amalfi, Italy's western resorts buzz with tourists and expensive hotels. But venture a little further south, to the Cilento, and you discover the rocky coves, wild flowers and superlative seafood restaurants that the Italians have long kept to themselves. The Cilento is largely uncharted territory for international tourism, but the pleasures of the area are to be found in the thrill of discovering tiny villages and the 7th-century Greek temples of Paestum. This stretch of coast offers visitors a genuine welcome that has been lost in the tourist shops of the Bay of Naples, as well as having a cluster of elegant hotels.
Cilento National Park, a paradise in Italy...
Medieval villages, crystalline sea, cliffs mould by the wind and sun, soft and sunny beaches interrupted by promontories and crags, coves and grottoes of savage and suggestive beauty, the unblemished nature of the National Park of the Cilento and Diano Valley: this is the Cilento area.
This territory is also rich in archaeological sites, such as the Greek temples of Paestum and the Greek city of Velia, in addition to the defense towers against the saracene pirates incursions along the Cilento coast.
Cilento is famous for its olive oil, one of the best of Italy, that has earned the denominational marking "Olio d'Oliva Extravergine Cilento DOP"; other specialty of this area is the white fig, the buffalo mozzarella and the artichoke of Paestum IGP.
Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano is the second largest park in Italy. It stretches from the Tyrrhenian coast to the foot of the Apennines in Campania and Basilicata, and it includes the peaks of the Alburni Mountains, Cervati and Gelbison and the coastal buttresses of Mt. Bulgheria and Mt. Stella.Its peculiarity is given by the width and the heterogeneity of the territory it covers. Consequently, the ecological features of the territory are extremely heterogeneous too: environments which have remained almost unchanged alternate with areas which on the contrary have been strongly modified by the presence of urban centers and densely inhabited valleys.
Cilento, a land with gentle morphology characterized by hills covered with green and ashy-colored olive groves that are reflected in the blue Tyrrheanian sea is at the same time a land with a very harsh morphology set among lively streams, lunar landscapes, chestnut and ilex tree woods, towns clinging to the rocks or lying along the banks. It is not easy to imagine that this fresco, made of charming and clashing shapes and colors, is given by the twofold geological nature of the rocks forming Cilento: the "Flysch del Cilento", mainly widespread near the hydrogeographical basin of the river Alento and the main mountains of western Cilento, like Mt. Centaurino (1,433m), and the "calcareous rocks" forming the inner (Alburno-Cervati) and southern (Mt. Bulgheria, Mt. Cocuzzo) mountain groups of Cilento e Vallo di Diano National Park.
The Coast of the Mermaids
Punta Licosa and the Sea Museum
A journey to discover the mythical promontory of Licosa, whose name comes from the mermaid who was swallowed up by the sea right here because of her love for Ulysses. The promontory extends itself over the sea with its Mediterranean maquis, its ruins, and its historical-artistic evidences. The aquaria of the Sea Museum in Pioppi lead the visitors across the water world and the forms of life populating the sea.
The Pearls of Cilento
The Caves and Castelcivita Historical Town Center
The caves disclose an enchanting underground landscape which has given hospitality to man for 40,000 years. A series of galleries, saloons, tight passages and wells create unique places: the Castle Room, the Crocodile Room, the Vegetables Room, the Pagoda. A few miles from the caves lies Castelvicita which, clinging to a rocky spur, overlooks Calore valley underneath.
In the Middle of the Earth and Memory
The Gorge of the Stream Sammaro and Roscigno Vecchio
Going down the gorge of the stream Sammaro is like entering the depths of the earth where not fire, but clear and fresh water springs. Roscigno Vecchio ghost town is fascinating: it was abandoned a century ago, but today it is reviving thanks to the interest shown by the population of Cilento for their roots and their culture, whose evidences are preserved in the little Ethnographic Museum which has been set up in the town.
Antece Mystery and St. Michael Archangel Cave
Who did sculpt the Antece, the mysterious warrior of "Costa Palomba"? The itinerary leads to Alburni Mountains, which have been inhabited since prehistoric times, towards the enigmatic sculpture which seems to watch over natural beauties such as the big beeches, the overhanging rocks, the caves, the swallow holes, and the beautiful landscapes making Alburni Mountains so fascinating and mysterious.
You will find that Cilento coast offers something for everybody, families, single travellers,couples,groups and all other travellers to this fantastic coast line of Italy.
We offer, cooking school,mountain biking,walking tours,diving classes, ceramic courses,language school,daily excursions to Capri, Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Pompeei, Paestum and many other excursions and activities.
WE OFFER MORE THAN 300 APPARTMENTS, 50 PRIVATE VILLAS, 70 HOTELS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS IN CILENTO.
Excursions - The medieval town of Castellabate - Paestum: ancient city"Poseidon"with it's magnificent Greek temples(20 km) - Velia: ancient town "Elea", eleatic school of the "Magna Grecia"(40 km) - The Cilento Coast : Acciaroli (the Hemingway town); The Sea Museum of Pioppi; the grottoes of Palinuro; the picturesque town of Camerota - The grottoes of Castelcivita - Boat trips : visit the Island of Licosa and discover the myth of the mermaid - Pompeii and Herculaneum : ancient cities that were buried from the lava of Vesuvius - The island of Capri - The Amalfi coast
We have special prices for groups, incentives and all other travellers. We also organise together with Italian Best Weddings your dream wedding in the garden or closeby beach, castle or church.