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Excursions to the environs of the Cilento


The Cilento is a largely untouched part of Southern Italy – which does not mean that you cannot visit some of Italy's best-known sights/sites during your holidays.

 

Excursions to the environs of the Cilento


The Cilento is a largely untouched part of Southern Italy – which does not mean that you cannot visit some of Italy's best-known sights/sites during your holidays.

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, with palaces, paintings, markets … and, of course, the notorious esprit of the Napoletani.

Our tip: taking the train to Naples is less stress. The Italian timetables are found on the sites of Trenitalia and also on the sites of Deutsche Bahn.

In the Gulf of Naples lie the islands Ischia, Capri and Procida.

During the summer months, Capri and Naples, for example, are easily reached by boat at a reasonable price. In Campania, the  Metrò del Mare is the public means of transport at sea.

The Metrò del Mare also takes you to the breathtaking landscapes of the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula (www.amalfi-travel.com).

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 holidays in the Cilento. The railway line of  Circumvesuviana takes you conveniently to the excavation site.

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 center, a small gem with a well preserved Old Town and monuments dating back to Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Langobardic and Norman times, with beautiful parks and a charming seaside promenade. Small handicraft businesses, fancy boutiques, characteristic bars and restaurants... - Salerno brims with life and is one of the most attractive towns in Southern Italy!

South of the Cilento lies the town of Sapri, one of the most frequented tourist and bathing resorts, where you find remains of a harbor dating back to the second century BC and of an old theater.

Excursions in the Basilicata region

The Basilicata region, which touches the Cilento at its southern end, has its charms, too.

The small, medieval mountain town of Maratea, which for us – like for many other experts on Southern Italy – somehow still belongs to the Cilento area, is absolutely worth a visit.

Scenically unique Costa di Maratea is considered one of Italy's last bathing paradises. And the gorgeous scenic road along the coast is equal to its famous sister at the Amalfitana.


The town of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage listed since 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 them in his famous book "Christ Stopped at Eboli". The cave dwellings, which were dug right into the tuff rock and still inhabited until die 1950ies, count among the greatest tourist attractions in southern Italy today.

The picturesque town of Rivello was declared a national monument because of its fantastic location and well preserved architecture. The Old Town with its Byzantine, medieval and Baroque buildings is best explored on foot. Especially worth a closer look 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 is evident in the churches of S. Barbara and S. Michele dei Greci.

With its nearly 2,000 km² Parco del Pollino around the Pollino massif is Italy's largest national park. It offers ideal conditions for hiking and mountain biking. With its nature still intact and its contemplative mountain villages, it is a place you are sure to enjoy.