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The Cilento


It starts about 100 km south of Naples, in the heart of Campania, and is a region still rather unknown outside of Italy – the Cilento, since the 1990s Italy's second largest national park and UNESCO World Heritage listed.

 

The Cilento


It starts about 100 km south of Naples, in the heart of Campania, and is a region still rather unknown outside of Italy – the Cilento, since the 1990s Italy's second largest national park and UNESCO World Heritage listed.

Green heart of Campania – the Cilento

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.

100 km of coastline, fine sandy beaches...

The Cilento is a region of fascinating landscapes - evergreen olive groves, 100 km of coastline with fine sandy beaches, bays, grottoes, steep coasts, cobalt-blue sea, mountains rising up to 1,900 m high.

Greeks, Romans, Saracens...

Important and impressive cultural treasures are also found in the Cilento, amongst others: evidence of prehistoric, 250,000 year old settlements ("Homo Camerotensis"), the famous Greek temples at Paestum, excavations of the ancient Greek town of Velia, well-fortified Saracen towers along the coast and the Carthusian monastery at Padula.

Tradition and customs

History is ever-present in the Cilento – for example in the medieval town center of Pisciotta, which sits picturesquely enthroned on a hilltop above the sea. Traditional festivities and religious ceremonies – which include impressive Good Friday processions as well as colorful festivals in honor of the towns' and villages' patron saints – fascinate visitors.

Active holidays in Campania

Bathing temperatures from mid April to the beginning of November, a variety of hiking trails along the coast and in the hinterland, marvelous cycling routes as well as quite a number of other sports activities top off your holidays in southern Campania.