The National Park of Cilento
The National Park of Cilento has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. With its 180,000 hectares, it is the second largest Park in Italy in terms of area. A myriad of environments and landscapes, ranging from the vast Pisciottano olive groves, chestnut and beech woods, to the massifs of Alburni and Cervati. Thecoastline and seaside villages boast long, sandy, free-access beaches (Ascea, Acciaroli, Castellabate, Punta Licosa, Agropoli), cliffs, sea beds teeming with life and numerous underwater caves (Capo Palinuro, Camerota).
The archaeological sites, with remains of Magna Graecia: Velia (home of the Eleatic School of Parmenides) and the ancient city of Paestum with its famous and perfectly preserved temples. The inland areas enable you to learn more about the past by visitingrural villages and ancient historical centres, noble palaces, castles and the typical watchtowers.
The coastline from Ascea to Agropoli
The Gulf of Ascea consists of an extensive stretch of coastline ideal for all kinds of leisure activities for the sea-loving tourist. Miles of relaxing beaches, with free access and facilities, alternate with charming coastlines of rocks and pebbles, ideal for diving and boat trips.
There are plenty of seaside towns to visit: Marina di Ascea, Casalvelino, Pioppi (with its Vinciprova palace), Acciaroli, continuing along the breathtaking coast road to Castellabate and Agropoli with their historical charms.
Velia, archaeological site
The ancient Greek city of Helea, of great historical value worldwide as the birthplace of the philosopher Parmenides. In March 1965 the "Porta Rosa" (Pink Gate) was discovered, a unique example of a Greek arch.
Also worth a mention is the Angevin Tower, a symbol of the surrounding area, standing on the foundations of the Temple of Athena and on the acropolis of the ancient city.
Paestum, archaeological site
The ancient city of Magna Graecia, founded with the name of Poseidonia in the 7th century BC, still displays today its great wealth of the past.
The three perfectly preserved temples are imposing, contained within the ruins of the whole city. Of great interest is the archaeological museum, one of the richest of its kind. The fresco of “The Tomb of the Diver” is world famous.
Capo Palinuro and Camerota
Capo Palinuro is renowned for its countless caves that can be visited by boat and for the numerous beaches on the slopes of the promontories that make these places so special. Worth visiting are the caves "Azzurra", "del Sangue", "delle Ciavule" and also "l’Arco Naturale", as well as the beaches "del Buondormire” and "della Marinella". Marina di Camerota has beaches and coves that have made it an exceptional destination on the Cilento coast (harbour of porto degli Infreschi, coves of Cala Bianca and Cala Monte di Luna).
Certosa di Padula
The Certosa di San Lorenzo is the largest Carthusian monastery in Italy, as well as one of the most famous, and is situated in Padula, in the Vallo di Diano, in the Province of Salerno. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. The monastery has the largest cloister in the world (around 12,000 m²) and is surrounded by 84 columns. A large spiral staircase, in white marble, leads to the monastery’s vast library. The main part of the monastery is Baroque in style and covers an area of 51,500 m² with over 320 rooms.
Over 100,000 people visit these caves every year.
Open to the public since 1932, the first section is visited on a special boat, towed by a steel cable, taking you to the remaining part of the route, which can be covered on foot. For several years, a performance has been held here, inspired by Dante’s Inferno, with a prehistoric backdrop dating back 35 million years. The “dell’Angelo” caves are crossed by the underground River Negro, which creates a small lake and a waterfall, and which is navigated on a barge as far as the bank where the journey through the 10 circles of Hell begins.
Gole del Calore
At the highest part, the Calore River runs through five gorges of outstanding scenic beauty. In the summer, thanks to the presence of an artificial barrier that slows down the flow of water, there are canoeing or pedalo excursions, offering a unique view of nature at its wildest and most unspoiled. The otter, the absolute king of the freshwater world, the brown trout, the white-throated dipper, the common kingfisher and the beautiful spectacled salamander are just some of the many species of wildlife to be found in the gorges.