distance: 0 km
Palinuro is a small coastal town with a special atmosphere, almost out of time, located on the beautiful peninsula of Capo Palinuro within Cilento National Park. The lovely seaside town makes an ideal base from which to explore the Coast of Myth.
The area in and around Palinuro is a mix of beautiful sandy beaches, unspoiled nature, turquoise waters, narrow winding streets, jaw-dropping views over the coast and authentic medieval hamlets in the hinterland.
The grotta Azzurra is the only one facing North on the Palinuro peninsula and the most famous and spectacular one of the Palinuro caves. The surprising sapphire blue light that colors the water of the grotto comes from the sunlight that enters the cave from two sides, creating a brilliant blue color luminescence.
BAIA INFRESCHI/CALA BIANCA
distance: 9 km
The Bay of Infreschi or Porto Infreschi is a bay naturally protected by the marine currents, characterized by the emerald green waters and the depths rich in Posidonia. At the center of the bay there is the homonymous cave, full of charm and mystery thanks to its small tunnels that converge in it. Natural port, well-known to national and international tourism and flagship of the Cilento coast, Porto Infreschi is the destination of each trip by sea. In 2014 Legambiente has declared it “the most beautiful beach of Italy”.
distance: 20 km
The original Greek name of the Archeological site of Velia was Elea and it turned into Velia in Roman times. The best way to reach Velia is probably by train. Here you can see the tower, built in medieval times above the ancient Velia, which has a truly amazing story that tells us precisely what happened during the sea battles. Velia is also remembered because here flourished a pre-Socratic philosophical school, the Eleatic school, founded by the great philosopher Parmenides. He had a revolutionary perception of what belongs to us the most, the being. On the road that leads us to the famous Porta Rosa at Velia, there is a theatre originally built by the Phocians, partly carved into the rock, partly on the ground. It’s actually not a door, but a viaduct.
distance: 65 km
A city built by the Greeks between 550-450 BC, Paestum‘s ancient remains are splendidly preserved – in particular three vast Doric temples, each of whose entire structure mostly remains save for the roofs. Yet such is the comparative absence of visitors that Paestum feels somewhat like an undiscovered secret. The surrounding parkland helps facilitate this sense, too: Paestum comprises 62 acres sprawling with the remnants and roads of a once-great settlement. There’s a still-standing column here; a fallen roof there. It’s possible to pick around a rubbled assembly hall all alone, or to be the only person sitting inside the old, partially-crumbled amphitheatre.
CERTOSA DI SAN LORENZO DI PADULA
distance: 64 km
The ancient monastery Certosa di Padula is the largest charterhouse in Italy.
This Carthusian monastery was founded by Tommaso di San Severino in 1306, and dedicated to Saint Lawrence. Comprising three cloisters, a garden, a courtyard and a church, it is one of the most sumptuous Baroque monumental complexes in southern Italy (its Baroque form is actually the result of the transformations carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries), and well worth a visit when in the Cilento area.
BATTISTERO SAN GIOVANNI IN FONTE
distance: 62 km
The Early Christian Baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte, in Padula, is the only one over the world that uses the baptismal water drawing it directly from the spring on which it rises.
Its building dates back to the first centuries of the Christianity.
Many consider that the Baptistery has to be included in the most important touristic circuits as soon as possible. This monument is defined, and not wrongly, a chest of history, culture and religiousness.
distance: 9 km
Pisciotta is immersed into a thick Mediterranean maquis and and secular olive trees , the so-called “ulivo pisciottano”, producing a high-quality oil.
The village has preserved intact the medieval urban plan: the castle on top and small houses leaning one on top of the other in order to defend themselves from pirates.