Cilento, South Italy, the hidden treasure


Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Cilento. It’s a secret. It’s just south of the Amalfi Coast in the Salerno province of southern Campania. It has some nice beaches with very clean waters. Unlike the Amalfi coast it doesn’t have those well-known villages spilling into the sea like glitter on an Olympic gymnast’s cheeks. It also doesn’t have the crush of tourists afraid of driving the winding roads. The Cilento, you might be happy to know, has been structured to dismiss mass tourism, while making personal tourism much more compelling. Over 100km of fine beaches, many of them flying the coveted blue flag indicating exceptionally clean water, are ready to embrace your work-suffering body from April to October. In a great part of the territory of Cilento and Vallo di Diano there was instituted, on 1991, a national park, to protect the territory from building speculation and mass tourism. In 1998 the park became a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. In this sparsely populated land of mountains and valleys you’ll come across some of the finest buffalo mozzarella you’ve ever tasted. Yes, this is the place in Italy where the buffalo roam. Sure, you’ve heard of the three stunning Greek temples at Paestum, home to some of the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world. Paestum is also home to a cluster of buffalo farms that produce Italy’s best mozzarella di bufala. You’re less likely to know about the Cilento’s other compelling archaeological site, Velia, originally founded by Greeks around 538–535 BC and called Hyele. Another bright jewel is in Padula. Recognized in 1998 by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, the Certosa di San Lorenzo, also known as Certosa di Padula, is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the province of Salerno. The wonderful Certosa di San Lorenzo, makes the City of Padula the main destination of religious tourism in Campania as well as being among the most impressive monuments of the Italian artistic heritage. Architectural style is almost predominantly Baroque, in fact there are very few survivors traces of fourteenth century. The complex has about 350 rooms and covers an area of 51,500 m² of which 15,000 involved only the cloister, the largest in the world. Certosa di San Lorenzo, with its vast extension is second only to the Charterhouse of Grenoble in France.

 

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: bird's eye view over the old village of Capaccio

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: bird's eye view over the coast of Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the Temple of Athena, otherwise known as the Temple of Ceres is the best known of the temples at Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: buffaloes at the Vannulo farm, one of the most important of the area

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: buffaloes at the Vannulo farm, one of the most important of the area

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archeological museum of Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archeological museum of Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: The Basilica Paleocristiana (Early Christian Basilica) in Paestum, located very close to the museum, dates from the 5th or 6th century AD.

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Vannulo farm, the restaurant

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Vannulo farm, the restaurant

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Vannulo farm, the leather factory

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Vannulo farm, the leather factory

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Vannulo farm, the local museum of the country life

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Paestum, Michelin star restaurant Le Trabe, run by chef Giuseppe Stanzione

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Paestum, Michelin star restaurant Le Trabe, run by chef Giuseppe Stanzione

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Archaeological Site and Ruins of Paestum. Here the two Temple of Nettuno and Hera or the Basilica

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Paestum, the dense and thick pine wood protect from the wind and the sea the inner road

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: watching the seaside

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania: Paestum, the dense and thick pine wood protect from the wind and the sea the inner road and it is also a place to bike and jog

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Osteria Arbustico, 1 Michelin star

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Paestum lifestyle

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Trough the dense pinewood

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Trough the dense pinewood

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania -Barlotti farm, buffalos are the stars

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania -Barlotti farm, buffalos are the stars

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania -Barlotti farm, buffalos are the stars

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - The Getsemani Sanctuary , which is a religious complex with a polychrome dome, is established on the green hill of Capaccio. Inside the crypta there is a wonderful statue of the dying Christ with his eyes looking up towards the sky and with his hands joined

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, the Sanctuary of the "Madonna del Granato"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, the Sanctuary of the "Madonna del Granato"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, the pine tree forest is right next to the beaches

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Paestum Inn

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, beach - Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, lifestyle at the Mec Paestum hotel, 5 stars

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, lifestyle at the Mec Paestum hotel, 5 stars

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - dried figues are a local delicacy

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - dried figues are a local delicacy

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, collecting figues. Figues are one of the most important resources of the territory. The local fig is the "white fig of Cilento"

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Set in the hilly landscape of the Cilento, around Casaletto Spartano, is the splendid natural Oasis of Rio Casaletto, where nearby rises a fountain from which the waters of the source of the “Capelli di Venere” (Hair of Venus) gush out, and where it’s possible to witness the spectacular scenery offered by the waterfall

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Grotte del Bussento nature reserve is a canyon covered with flourishing vegetation. Visits start from Morigerati historic town center and take the visitor along a trail which leads down to the stream and mill. From the ancient mill visitors follow the path that runs along the stream to reach the cave. The nature reserve is inside Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, listed in the Global Geopark Network. Morigerati Oasis is a “main” geosite due to the karst phenomenon and it is characterised by an hypogeal river, gorges and river valley. It covers a surface of 607 hectares

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Grotte del Bussento nature reserve is a canyon covered with flourishing vegetation. Visits start from Morigerati historic town center and take the visitor along a trail which leads down to the stream and mill. From the ancient mill visitors follow the path that runs along the stream to reach the cave. The nature reserve is inside Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, listed in the Global Geopark Network. Morigerati Oasis is a “main” geosite due to the karst phenomenon and it is characterised by an hypogeal river, gorges and river valley. It covers a surface of 607 hectares

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Grotte del Bussento nature reserve is a canyon covered with flourishing vegetation. Visits start from Morigerati historic town center and take the visitor along a trail which leads down to the stream and mill. From the ancient mill visitors follow the path that runs along the stream to reach the cave. The nature reserve is inside Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, listed in the Global Geopark Network. Morigerati Oasis is a “main” geosite due to the karst phenomenon and it is characterised by an hypogeal river, gorges and river valley. It covers a surface of 607 hectares

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Grotte del Bussento nature reserve is a canyon covered with flourishing vegetation. Visits start from Morigerati historic town center and take the visitor along a trail which leads down to the stream and mill. From the ancient mill visitors follow the path that runs along the stream to reach the cave. The nature reserve is inside Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, listed in the Global Geopark Network. Morigerati Oasis is a “main” geosite due to the karst phenomenon and it is characterised by an hypogeal river, gorges and river valley. It covers a surface of 607 hectares

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Grotte del Bussento nature reserve is a canyon covered with flourishing vegetation. Visits start from Morigerati historic town center and take the visitor along a trail which leads down to the stream and mill. From the ancient mill visitors follow the path that runs along the stream to reach the cave. The nature reserve is inside Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, listed in the Global Geopark Network. Morigerati Oasis is a “main” geosite due to the karst phenomenon and it is characterised by an hypogeal river, gorges and river valley. It covers a surface of 607 hectares

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - the village of Caselle in Pittari

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, restaurant along the old walls surrounding the temples

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - the village of Vibonati

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - boating around Punta Licosa

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - view over the coast of Santa Maria di Castellabate

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - view over the coast of Santa Maria di Castellabate

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - view over the coast of Santa Maria di Castellabate

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - the island of Punta Licosa

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Castelcivita caves

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Castelcivita caves

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Castelcivita caves

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Castelcivita caves

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Castelcivita caves

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Agropoli at dusk

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - chocolat covered figues, a local delicacy

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - a cannolo filled with buffalo ricotta cheese. Delicious

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - At the "La Dispensa of San Salvatore" local expert woman run the kitchen to ensure that only traditional food like at home is made

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - At the "La Dispensa of San Salvatore" local expert woman run the kitchen to ensure that only traditional food like at home is made

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - aerial view of the coast of Capaccio Paestum during the summer

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - aerial view of the coast of Capaccio Paestum during the summer

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, wine makers, located on a wonderful hill overlooking the sea at Punta Tresino

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, corn fields

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, jogging in the pine tree forest near the sea

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, jogging in the pine tree forest near the sea

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach. Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach. Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach. Beach Club 93

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, Vannulo buffalo farm

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, corn fields

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Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - on the way to Acciaroli following the "strada statale" 267 running next to the coast

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - on the way to Acciaroli following the "strada statale" 267 running next to the coast

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Velia, the tower

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Acciaroli

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Paestum

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Capaccio Paestum, at the beach

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Velia, the tower

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Velia, the tower

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Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Biblioteca

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiostro Grande

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiostro della Foresteria

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Antichi Granai

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiesa: Coro dei Conversi

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiesa: Coro dei Conversi

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiesa, l'altare

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiesa: Coro dei Padri

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - cucine

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - cucine

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - cucine

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - veduta della Certosa dalle stalle

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - mura perimetrali

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - la facciata di ingresso

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - cucine

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo - Chiesa: Coro dei Padri

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

Cilento Region, Salerno, Campania - Padula, Certosa di San Lorenzo

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