Beaches, caves, archaeological sites.
In the homonymous national park, where the Touring Club is also present with its tourist resort.
Cilento is one of the most beautiful territories in Campania and is worth visiting both for the interior landscape and the coast.
Included entirely in the province of Salerno, boasts many places of great tourist interest that you can know by using, in the beautiful season, the village of Marina di Camerota of the Touring Club Italiano.
In addition, a large part of the territory is part of the national park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, which aims to protect the rich natural heritage of the area where it excels, inter alia, Primula palinuri petagna, endemic of limestone coasts south of Campania and Calabria and symbol of the same national park.
Acciaroli, Poplar and Polix
Acciaroli is a seaside village of tourist interest, belonging to the municipality of Pollica and remembered for the many stays of Ernest Hemingway. Overlooking the sea, the Church of the Annunziata rises in 1187, while the remains of an ancient Angioine defense tower, with its square base, are nearby.
The village of Pollica, a town hall, is located in a very panoramic location. Noteworthy here is the medieval castle of 1290 and the chapel of St. Peter of 1524: little outside the village finally rises the convent of Maria SS. Of the Graces of the Friars Minor of 1611. The Commune had Tci and Legambiente the 5 sails in 2016 (and also from 2010 to 2015) for the clean sea, but in fact all this territory can boast great respect for the environment As it reaches 76.53% of differentiated collection and resets the energy consumptions of zero-impact public buildings. Implants, for example, photovoltaic plants for the production of electricity (about 70 Kwh); In addition, an experimental project was initiated to produce electricity from the wave motion and an old water mill for the production of hydroelectric power was recovered. The Sea Museum in the Pioppi hamlet was restructured and a sailing center dedicated to the disabled.
Velia / Elea is an important archaeological site of Cilento, founded around 540 BC By settlers. At the time of the Greeks it was called Elea, while the Romans renamed Velia as Pliny wrote in Naturalis Historia. The city, already a colony of Marseilles, remained tenacious guardian of Hellenism, continuing to use the Greek language even in the imperial age; He was also renowned for the philosophical school of elatus. Today, in the ancient city, the excavations started by Amedeo Maiuri in 1921 and continued in the fifties and sixties. One can observe, among other things, the remains of the city’s doors (Porta Rosa and Porta Marina), a spa building, the Acropolis, Agora and the sanctuary of Poseidon Asphaleios.
The Pertosa-Aulette Caves are the only speleological site in Europe where it is possible to sail on an underground river, going to the heart of the mountain. The Negro River is born deep and offers you a fascinating and unusual boat trip, immersed in a magic silence, interrupted only by the roar of the screeches of the underground waterfall. The Grottoes stretch for about three thousand meters in the Alburni Mountains massif, in a path full of concretions, where stalactites and stalagmites decorate every space with different shapes, sizes and colors, stirring up amazement and emotion.
The guided tour takes a journey of more than a kilometer, with 400 meters to go by boat sailing over the underground river, to reach the waterfall and visit the Hall of Paradise, then continue on the northern branch discovering the majesty of the Great Hall, the peculiarities The Sponge Room and the charm of the Arm of the Wonders.
Charter of S.Lorenzo di Padula
The Carthage of St. Lawrence, also known as the Carthusian of Padula, is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the province of Salerno. The architectural style is almost predominantly baroque, in fact, there are really few traces of the 14th century survivors. The complex has about 350 rooms and occupies an area of 51,500 square meters of which 15,000 are only engaged in the cloister, one of the largest in the world. The Carthage of St. Lawrence, in fact, thanks to its vast extension is second only to the Charterhouse of Grenoble in France.
The birth of Padula dates back to the IX-X century, when the Saracen incursions ceased, the people who had taken refuge in the hills preferred to settle on the hill, near the consular road, where the inhabited center still stands; Basilian monks contributed to the foundation of the Certosa site. The cloister, built from 1583 onwards, develops on two levels: down the porch with the fathers’ cells; Up, the window gallery used for the weekly walk. During this “exit” the clausure was interrupted and the fathers could communicate and pray together. In 1998 the charter was declared by Unesco World Heritage and in 2002 it was inserted by the Campania Region in the series of the Great Cultural Attractors.
The Castelcivita Caves, also known as the Spartacus Caves, stretch for several kilometers in the massif of the Alburni Mountains, in the towns of Castelcivita and Controne, but only 1700 meters are accessible to visitors. It is a complex of karst cavities particularly rich in stalactites and stalagmites of the thousand forms; With a total of about 4800 m in length, today represent one of the largest speleological complexes in southern Italy.
On 18 September 2011, the Touring Club Italiano included a new plate in memory of Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli in the Cave himself. The caves, in fact, were discovered by the founder of the Italian Touring Club.
Teggiano is one of the few towns in the province of Salerno, which has maintained its stronghold appearance today, thanks to the intervention of the Prince of Salerno, Antonello Sanseverino, who built the castle. The main attraction of the city is represented by the tall medieval walls, which allowed the city to defend itself against the attacks of the King of Naples, Ferdinand of Aragon and the architectural complex on which the whole village is built, with medieval and Renaissance facets capable of Still attracting thousands of tourists every year.
Though it is a small hamlet, Teggiano has many attractions. Among the many religious buildings, the convent of St. Francis of the 14th century has to be remembered. And the 12th-century Diocese Museum of St. Peter. To visit the Herb Museum, located in the city center and divided into different sections: natural medicine, mycology, natural herbarium, ethnobotanica; And the Museum of Uses and Traditions of Vallo di Diano, made up of different types of finds ranging from the chassis essential to creating the canvas, the gold plows and the woodworking tools.
The climb to this mountain can not be missed: Mount Cervati (in the municipality of Sanza) is the highest in Campania with its 1899 meters. The geological nature of the massif shows the characteristic morphology of a karstic environment, with swallows, fresh springs and temporary watercourses. The massif shows its overhanging walls, engraved by deep canals and numerous towers and spiers, spectacular and characteristic, right on the slope of Piaggine, with its feet the mixed forests and the beech trees that open from time to time in vegetation-rich clearings And greenish (or white in winter). From the summit you can see the Vallo di Diano and the massif of Mount Motola (1700 m), or the Sacred Mountain and the sea. On the top of Cervati there is a chapel and a cave dedicated to the Madonna della Neve.
Capo Palinuro is one of those places that have always fascinated the travelers of all ages, to the point that Virgil himself has reserved a quotation in the Aeneid. The sea is crystal clear. The wide and sandy beaches alternate with rocky stretches accessible only by sea that hide real natural jewels such as the Beach of Good Sleep or suggestive caves. Worth at least one visit to the Arco Natural beach and the nearby Mingardo beach where you can hire the pedal to go to discover otherwise inaccessible places.
This enchanting landscape has often been chosen as the location of famous movies and there are also the typical restaurants where you can enjoy typical Cilento cuisine and excellent fresh fish dishes. In order to visit the main caves of the area – the most famous is the Blue Grotto, but also visit the Blood Grotto and that of the Monks – you can make boat tours by turning to local operators; At the port it is possible to see the departure times, the duration of the excursions and the related costs.
Marina di Camerota
Marina di Camerota, nestled between rocky promontories overhanging the sea, at the foot of hills strewn by ancient defensive towers and extensive secular olive groves, is the most populous fraction of the Camerota Commune. Marina is one of the most popular destinations in Cilento, preferred by seaside resorts for the beauty of the beaches (certified with the five Legambiente and Touring sails in 2001 and 2015) and crystal clear sea, so that Touring for decades is present with Its splendid tourist village.
The coast is jagged, full of natural caves dug into the rock of water, and here and there open sandy beaches that seem to come straight from the tropics; The larger and well-equipped beaches are right in the center of town. Marina’s beaches are numerous (some have been film locations such as Argonuati 2 and the recent Wonder woman): S. Domenico’s beach is located between the historic center and the harbor, with white and fine sand, is lapped by Turquoise waters of a limpid sea, on which alternate trails and bathing establishments alternate; The Lentiscelle beach is located on the southern edge of the village: alternate stretches organized on a free beach, most on a sandy gravel sandy beach; The Calanca beach is just a few minutes walk from the center of the village and is accessed through a stairway staircase that ends on the only stretch of free beach: off the Isle of the Mermaids, guarded by the Calanca tower, right in front; Finally, the northernmost beach, part of the Touring Village, is the Cala d’Arconte.
Porto Infreschi, the most beautiful beach in Italy chosen by Legambiente in 2014, is considered the sea jewel of the Cilento National Park and Vallo di Diano. Still miraculously immune to human settlements, the Natural Port of Infreschi is one of the most impressive sites of the entire coastal Cilento, already used by Roman ships. A corner of paradise in the middle of which opens a natural harbor, a destination of many boaters during the summer season, protected by rocky boulders against which the sparkling waves of the sea break. In the waters of this bay, dolphins have often been sighted, attracted by the extraordinary abundance of fish.