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Countless beaches, ancient Greek palaces, exquisite cuisine and lively festivals welcome visitors to the picturesque region of Cilento. Much of Cilento lies within the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, situated toward Italy’s southern Campania region. Explore Cilento’s miles of glorious coastline and rugged mountains, which shelter a mix of enchanting villages, natural beauty and rustic charm.
The area’s Mediterranean coastline has everything from white-sand beaches to hidden swimming holes and old fishing communities. Follow zigzagging medieval streets to the shoreline of Santa Maria di Castellabate. Explore the blue-water caves of Palinuro and secret bays of Scario, accessible by boat only. Experience time-honored fishing traditions at Acciaroli and Marina di Pisciotta.
Discover the region’s interior of verdant countryside and towering mountains via hiking, horseback riding and rafting trips. Marvel at the deep canyons and limestone cliffs of Gole del Calore. Find trails leading to the summits of Monte Cervati and Monte Gelbison, which afford uninterrupted views over Cilento. Walk amid giant stalagmites and stalactites in the ancient grottos of Castelcivita and Pertosa.
Cilento’s history is quite interesting. Find three well-preserved Greek temples in Paestum, a town established by Greeks in the 6th century B.C. Check out the millennia-old archaeological ruins of Velia and the mountainside vestiges of Mercato San Servino. Visit the architecturally impressive Certosa di San Lorenzo monastery in Padula.
Enjoy Cilento’s world-famous cuisine, typical of the Mediterranean diet. Sample some of Italy’s best buffalo mozzarella, white figs introduced by Greek ancestors and delicious soppressata di Gioi (lean salami). Be part of a traditional sagra, a festival that celebrates local food, wine and folkloric music. Lively events take place at inland hamlets such as Novi Velia, Perito and Stio.
Public buses, trains and a summer boat service connect Cilento’s major towns and villages with Naples and Salerno. Rent a car and enjoy the freedom of discovering this fascinating destination at your own pace. You’ll find a range of accommodation options, so you can linger in this stunning and romantic setting.
Located in Contursi Terme, this family-friendly hotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Terme Vulpacchio, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Archeological Museum of Eboli and Campagna Museum. Basilica de San Pietro alli Marmi and Piazza della Repubblica are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Located in Paestum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Archaeological Museum of Paestum and Area archeologica Paestum. Agropoli Castle and Port of Agropoli are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Located in Marina di Casal Velino, this beach hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Casal Velino Marina and within 3 miles (5 km) of Casal Velino Watchtower and Velia Ruins. Giambattista Vico Foundation and Caves of Palinuro are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Centola hotel is in a national park, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Caves of Palinuro, and 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Marina di Camerota Harbour. Policastro Harbour and Scario Harbour are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Located in Santa Maria di Castellabate, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Giambattista Vico Foundation, Port of Agropoli and Agropoli Castle. Area archeologica Paestum and National Archaeological Museum of Paestum are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Paestum hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Area archeologica Paestum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from National Archaeological Museum of Paestum. Port of Agropoli and Agropoli Castle are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Located in Paestum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Area archeologica Paestum and National Archaeological Museum of Paestum. Agropoli Castle and Port of Agropoli are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Marina di Ascea, this resort is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Velia Ruins and within 6 miles (10 km) of Casal Velino Marina and Casal Velino Watchtower. Caves of Palinuro and Giambattista Vico Foundation are also within 20 miles (32 km).