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For curious travelers, for all those who know that the unhoped-for can be right there, around the corner …

An age-old history teeming with unique vestiges, a crossbreed of peoples through the centuries. An uncontaminated and lush nature, with the widest variety of flora and fauna and a large number of protected species. A renowned and delicious cuisine, cradle of the Mediterranean Diet, the purest, the most authentic. A land far from the city, and above all off the beaten paths, where getting lost often means finding oneself…

This is Cilento. Our aim is to bring out its beauties and to provide information, routes and travel tips to anyone who wants to breathe the soul of the Mediterranean.


Travel tips ranging from nature to history, cuisine and crafts: a new way to discover an ancient land.


La Tragara – The Trail of the Brigands

So called because the trail was used by brigands fighting against the Bourbons first, and then against the Piedmonteses. The Tragara is a very popular trail for hikers, despite an onroad part, due to the magnificent views of the Mingardo gorges. From the Centola railway station, take the old railway track, on the “Gola del Diavolo” (“Devil’s Gulch”), and continue towards “Epitaffio”, an epitaph built on the summit of the rocky ridge that separates the Mingardo Valley from the Gola del Diavolo, used as a signal point. From here we can see the fortress of Castelluccio and the sea. Continuing through ancient olive groves, we arrive at the Sanctuary of the Annunciation of Licusati.


Trekking on Mount Bulgheria

Mount Bulgheria is one of the most beautiful mountains in the whole Cilento. It owes its name to the Bulgarian soldiers stationed there during the Gothic War, in the 6th century AD It presents a huge variety of flora and fauna. Given the breadth of the slopes, trails are many and have in common the beauty of the views: it ranges in fact from the Gelbison and Cervati mountains to Pollino and Orsomarso mountains, to the valley of the Mingardo River, to the sea, with Capo Palinuro, the Gulf of Policastro, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, since in the clear days the island of Stromboli can be seen, while, to the north, the outline of the island of Capri stands out unmistakable in the blue of the sea. During the journey, there are some pastoral shelters typical of the Cilento, called "iazzi" (from the Greek iautmòs, place of rest of the herds).


San Cono’s Path – The Wood

Between Capo Palinuro and Marina di Camerota, on the coast overlooking the Cala del Cefalo and the Mingardo River bed, one of the most important naturalistic and botanical emergencies of the Cilento and of the whole Mediterranean basin stands out: the Wood of San Cono, one of the last spontaneous woods of Aleppo Pine. Overcoming the first, notable difference in height and going up the thick pinewood, you get to the top of the rocky ridge overlooking the Cala del Cefalo and its long beach. The panorama is spectacular: the Mingardo river, the Molpa hill and the Marinella and Arco Naturale beaches, the promontory of Capo Palinuro. Half way, in the real San Cono wood, stands the "iazzo" of San Cono, an imposing rural architectural structure, a Basilian Cenoby, an expanse of ancient olive trees and a field of spontaneous licorice, botanical peculiarity introduced by the same Basilian monks to whom the Cenoby is owed. Beyond the iazzo, we then arrive at the Chapel of Sant'Antonio, where a panorama opens up and embraces kilometers and kilometers of coastline.


The Sea Pine Forest of Capo Palinuro

Route particularly suitable for the less experienced and / or for the hottest days, it winds along the pine forest that overlooks the area of the port of Palinuro. Inside, several paths allow you to make pleasant walks in the shade of the trees, while the breath of the sea that rises and breaks the silence of the pine forest is an invitation to meditate and relax.


Hair of Venus Waterfall

Near the village of Casaletto Spartano, the Rio Bussentino creates characteristic water features, the most beautiful of which is the splendid waterfall called “Hair of Venus” ("Capelli di Venere"). It is one of the most beautiful natural treasures, with high environmental importance. From the waters of the Rio Bussentino, a tributary of the Bussento river, the waterfalls build a play of light, refraction and glow with water, moss and steam. The show is really almost unique of its kind, while the biodiversity of the place makes it possible to observe a very high number of different species. The visit to the Hair of Venus is a must for those who come to Cilento and want to spend a day different from that at the beach.


The Vesalo’s ponor

The Vesalo's ponor (“Grava di Vesalo”), a steep natural shaft which emerges at the surface of the ground, is the most spectacular swallow hole of Southern Italy. The deep chasm is delimited by centuries-old beech trees, within which the Milenzio torrent flows. Inside, there are long tunnels with caves, ponds, wells, waterfalls, habitat for reptiles and amphibians. Near the ponor, there is also a birch station, a precious tree species because it is very rare at these latitudes.

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