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Amalfi Coast

Padula Charterhouse


Marina di Camerota

Padula Charterhouse (datail)

Cilento, an emerging tourist destination in the beautiful landscape of the country south of Salerno, is the largest national park in Europe, the first park in Italy to become a geopark Reserve. Since 1997 MAB (Man and Biosphere) and from 1998 UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has had the highest number of blue flags for its sea coast, which runs from Salernot to Sapri. Behind its beaches and cliffs, there are hills with medieval towns, castles and palaces of the rich all over the forests, sanctuaries and monasteries in the Alburnums mountains, Cervati and Vallo di Diano.

Land of myths and crossroads of cultures, the Greeks came here about 3000 years ago and founded important cities of Magna Grecia, places narrated by Strabo and Homer as the myths of Palinuro, helmsman of Ulysses who fell into the waves of the eponymous Cape, the Siren Leucosia whose song made crazy the sailors who lapped the Isle of Licosa, in front of Castellabate, Jason fled with the golden fleece, who stopped at the sanctuary of Argive Hera, at the mouth of the Sele near Paestum.

There are many evidences that these illustrious people left in these lands.

First of all, Paestum, the great city of Magna Grecia, with some of the best preserved temples in the world, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site; the ancient Elea, now Velia, another archaeological site UNESCO, which boasts the magnificent Porta Rosa, the only known arch of the greek world; here the medical school of Salerno started, here the Eleatic philosophy with Parmenides and Zeno, which is the foundation of modern thought, was born .

Not only that. Greek influences are found in many local traditions and food (the Greeks were the first to import the prestigious vineyards of Fiano and Aglianico, which are still now the basi of the famous Cilento DOC wine).

Cilento is dotted with charming small towns, where to live in the atmosphere of the past, and with suggestive places of great beauty, rich in works of art of inestimable value, such as the Certosa di Padula. This is a World Heritage Site, second in size only to that of Chartres, where great artists of the 600 and 700 worked. Among them Vanvitelli is the most famous one. The charm of the place, the exuberance of nature, the maintenance of a quiet lifestyle in harmony with the environment, simple but healthy and tasty nutrition, make this land one of the places with the best quality of life.