About 100 km south of Naples, in the heart of Campania, starts a region mainly unknown in countries outside of Italy – the Cilento. Since the 1990ies, the Cilento is the second largest national park in Italy and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage of Mankind. It is situated in the province of Salerno (Campania region) – south of the world-famous Amalfi coast, north of the amazing Costa di Maratea – between Paestum to the north, the Monti Alburni to the east and Sapri to the south.
The fascinating landscapes of the Cilento are characterized by evergreen olive trees, 100 km of coast with fine sandy beaches, bays, grottoes, steep coasts, cobalt-blue sea and mountains up to 1.900 m high.
Lovers of Southern Italy will find impressive cultural assets in the Cilento: among other things evidence of prehistoric settlements ("Homo Camerotensis") 250.000 years ago, the famous Greek temples in Paestum, excavations of the ancient Greek town of Velia, well-fortified Saracen towers along the coast and the Carthusian monastery in Padula.
History is ever-present in the Cilento – for example in the medieval town centre of Pisciotta, which is picturesquely enthroned on a hilltop above the sea. Traditional festivities and religious ceremonies – which include impressive Good Friday processions as well as colourful festivals to honour the town’s patron saints – fascinate the visitors.