The Cilento is a largely untouched part of Southern Italy – which does not mean that you cannot visit some of the best-known sites of Italy during your holiday.
Excursions in the Campania region
About 100 km north of the Cilento, Naples, the vibrant capital of Campania, awaits you with hundreds of churches and chapels, palaces, painting, markets … and, of course, the notorious esprit of the Neapolitani.
In the Gulf of Naples, there are the Islands Ischia, Capri and Procida.
During the summer months, Capri and Naples, for example, are easily reached by boat at an affordable price. In Campania, the Metrò del Mare is the public means of transport at sea.
The Metrò del Mare will also take you to the breathtaking landscapes of the Amalfi coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Excursions to Mount Vesuvius and to the ancient town of Pompeii, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, are surely among the highlights of a holiday in the Cilento. The railway line of Circumvesuviana will take you conveniently to the excavations.
Salerno is the capital of the province of the same name. What, from afar, seems to be a rather faceless seaport, turns out to be, in its centre, a small jewel with its well preserved old town and monuments dating back to Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Langobardic and Norman times, its beautiful parks and a charming promenade.
Life is brimming: small handicraft businesses, fancy boutiques, characteristic bars and restaurants add to Salerno's being one of the most attractive towns in Southern Italy!
South of the Cilento, lies the town of Sapri, one of the most frequently visited tourist and bathing resort with remains of a harbour dating back to the second century BC and of an old theatre.
The Basilicata region, which touches the Cilento at its southern end, has its charms, too:
The medieval small mountain town of Maratea, which for us – like for many other experts on Southern Italy – still belongs to the Cilento area, is a sight to see.
The scenically unique Costa di Maratea is considered one of the last bathing paradises in Italy. And the gorgeous scenic road along the coast is equal to its famous sister at the Amalfi coast.
The town of Matera, which was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1993, is a particular place of interest. For decades, the Sassi of Matera, one of the oldest, most unique and most extraordinary settlements of the world, have attracted the attention of many explorers and artists. The Italian writer Carlo Levi mentions it in his famous book "Christ Stopped at Eboli". The cave dwellings, which were inhabited until die 1950ies, are dug into the tuff rock and, today, they are among the greatest tourist attractions in southern Italy.
The picturesque town of Rivello was declared a national monument due to its fantastic location and well preserved architecture. The old town with its Byzantine, medieval and baroque buildings is best explored on foot. Especially worth seeing are the churches of
S. Nicola dei Greci and S. Maria del Poggio as well as the former Convento S. Antonio di Padova. Byzantine influence can still be detected in the churches of S. Barbara and S. Michele dei Greci.
With its nearly 2,000 km², the Parco del Pollino around the Pollino massif is the largest national park of Italy. It offers ideal conditions for hiking and mountain biking. With its nature still intact and its contemplative mountain villages, you will enjoy pleasant stays.