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Felitto & Gole del Calore

Untouched, fascinating nature and hiking paradises lie hidden inside the Cilento National Park. 

The small town of Felitto with the gorge of the Calore River stretching out in front of its gates, so to speak, is one of these wonders of nature.

The water has cut deep into the limestone rock there and has created impressive rock formations.  

 

Felitto & Gole del Calore

Untouched, fascinating nature and hiking paradises lie hidden inside the Cilento National Park. 

The small town of Felitto with the gorge of the Calore River stretching out in front of its gates, so to speak, is one of these wonders of nature.

The water has cut deep into the limestone rock there and has created impressive rock formations.  

Worthwhile day trip for active vacationers

The unspoilt gorge, which seems to appear out of nowhere at Felitto and which is part of  the UNESCO World Heritage and protected by the WWF, can be explored all year round along hiking trails and by water. In summer (July to mid September), canoes and pedalos are available at Località Remolino. 

Hiking in the realm of the otter 

You most probably will not catch sight of it - the nocturnal otter and actual ruler of the Calore River’s pure and clear waters, who shares his realm with brown trout, dipper, kingfisher and salamander, amongst others.

During your hiking tours along the river, you come across rare ferns, all kinds of medicinal herbs and plants. The lush flora, where every now and then the sunlight breaks through, and the light limestone, which the river has formed to its liking, form a striking, fantastic contrast. 

Various hiking tours starting at Località Remolino 

Gole del Calore offers possibilities for any type of hiker: from a simple walk along the gorge to more challenging tours.

Pretatteta – the classic 

Along the left side of the river you walk up into the gorge in the shade of a dense, untouched deciduous forest. The wild roar of the river, which you do not really get to see clearly until after ca. 1 km, is your constant companion on this tour. If you continue on along the river a bit, you arrive at Pretatetta, a bridge 'created' by nature. A giant rock once broke away from the limestone face and has since then been stuck above the river, whose banks in this place are so close together that you could touch them when stretching your arms. After crossing the Pretatetta, you can either continue on along the river on the right side, where it becomes shallower and calms down, or you can return to Remolino along the right bank of the river.   

Grotta di Bennardo – for nostalgics

Starting from the picnic spot at Remolino, cross the river at the barrage. Follow the trail along the right side of the river until the woodland becomes less dense and you meet with a marvelous panoramic view of the Calore gorge. Shortly afterwards you arrive at Grotta di Bennardo. The small quarry stone dwelling dates back to the early 19th century and used to be the hiding place of robbers and bandits. After the time of the so-called briganti had come to an end, a hermit called Bennardo settled in the former hiding place. And it is for him that this place at the Calore River was named; today, the remains of an oven, a rock-hewn kind of larder and two small rooms bear witness to Bennardo’s life as a hermit.   

Ponte medievale di Felitto – for historians 

From the storage pool, follow the course of the small channel, which used to direct the water to the local hydropower plant. It takes you straight to the fantastic medieval bridge spanning the Calore. Even if you keep straight on at the Pretatetta, instead of crossing it, you will find the bridge. The bridge can also be reached from the medieval center of Felitto. In the higher elevations of the Calore valley, you come across more of these old bridges, which date from the early 11th century and used to be part of important communication and trade routes. One of these bridges is found at Magliano, for example, which can be reached on foot through Gole del Calore; the route is, however, a bit dangerous.   

Further activities at the Calore River 

- Canoeing (01.07.-15.09.; daily 09.30 h – 18.30 h; not in rainy weather; possible without previous notice)

- Pedal boating (01.07.-15.09.; daily 09.30 h – 18.30 h; duration ca. 30 min; only with guide; not in rainy weather; possible without previous notice)

- Canyoning (June – September; prior booking requested at info@goledelcalore.it; with guide; equipment provided onsite; distance ca. 4 km)

Fusilli di Felitto

At Felitto, do not go without tasting these noodles made by hand. At the trattoria, in Località Remolino before you reach the picnic spot, you might enjoy them to build up some strength before or after hiking. Plain, served with just tomato sauce they are a delight in this charming river ambience. It is not only for the Calore gorge that Felitto is known, but also for these noodles, which look like thick spaghetti.    

Medieval Felitto

A final tour of this small town of 1,400 inhabitants is worthwhile and its medieval centro storico is a tip for romantics. You may hardly meet anyone when walking the narrow alleys, but you get an impression of what life used to be like in the Cilento.

The bell tower of massive Chiesa dell’Assunta, which is built upon a rock, rises up to ca. 40 m and quickly catches your eye. Every now and then, there is an opening between the houses in the center which offers a view of the vast Cilento landscape and of Monti Alburni. Should you wish to learn more about life at Felitto in former times, stop at the museum of local history, but note that prior notification is required (0039.0828.945062).

During the Sagra del Fusillo Felittese, Felitto is full of activity and life. This „noodle festival“ takes place every year in August and lasts for 10 days (around August 15th). It includes a large number of pasta dishes, good wines and live music.