- duration 9 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Experience the amazing nature and rural landscapes of genuine Southern Italy
- Discover the unknown Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
- Visit the impressive Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
- Walk through villages where time stands still, and enjoy the warm hospitality
The region of Campania marks the real starting point of southern Italy. It has been sought-after since Roman times when it was labelled the Campania Felix, or ‘happy land’, hardly a surprise considering the fact that it includes the great city of Naples, beautiful countryside, Roman ruins, small islands and stretches of spectacular coast. On the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Costiera Amalfitana is probably one of Europe’s most well-known and dramatic stretches of coastline, with its towering cliffs and picturesque coves.
But Campania’s real secret is located south of Salerno, and immediately south of the wonderful Greek temples of Paestum. Here the coastline bulges out into an expanse of the mountainous landmass known as the Cilento, now one of Italy’s biggest National Parks, with World Heritage listing.
This tour brings you into the real ‘Heart of the Cilento’, along the Calore River, up into the wild Cervati mountain range, and finally onto the impressive Alburni Mountains. Inland, the Cilento is largely undisturbed by the 21st century and you will encounter few other tourists along your way.
You will walk through pristine natural areas, like beech and oak forests and mountain meadows, beautiful river valleys, impressive canyons and great mountain scenery. But you will also walk through the attractive countryside with vineyards and olive groves and many cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farmhouses, old watermills and charming medieval villages.
You’ll visit some of the nicest medieval villages in the area, where the traditional way of life is still evident. And you’ll enjoy visiting some of the Cilento’s greatest cultural treasures, like the cave church of St. Michael, built into the rock near Sant’Angelo a Fasanella, the ruins of Roscigno Vecchia, the pre-historic ‘stone warrior’ of the Alburni Mountains and the castles of Laurino and Sicignano. And they’re all connected by a great walking route.
At the beginning or the end of the tour, there is also an opportunity to visit Paestum or Pompeii or spend some time on the beach. The tour can easily be combined with a possible journey along the coast of the Cilento or with a tour on the Amalfi Coast as well.
Overall, we had a lovely time. The scenery of the Cilento National Park is spectacular. Walking holidays are very popular now and people are always looking for new places to walk. We will certainly recommend the area to our friends, with the proviso they check out the current state of the trails if they are going to do walking.
We are thinking of doing a cycle tour in Puglia at some stage in the future, and will definitely keep your company in mind.
One final point regarding the accommodation. We particularly liked B&B Vittoria as the owners were very accommodating and friendly & sat down to dinner with us which was a great opportunity to practice our conversational Italian. All the best.”
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Along the Calore River
Day 3: From Felitto to Laurino
Day 4: From Valle dell’Angelo to Piaggine
Day 5: From Roscigno to Sant'Angelo a Fasanella
Day 6: A walk in the Middle Ages
Day 7: The Alburni Mountains
Day 8: The northern side of the Alburni Mountains
Day 9: End of the tour
- 8 Breakfasts and 8 Dinners
- Accommodation as noted in the itinerary
- Extensive route notes, with descriptions of the route & tourist information
- Maps at 1: 25.000 scale
- 24/7 assistance
- Luggage transfer
- Private transfers as specified
- Single supplement
- Departure taxes & visas
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional additional tours or activities
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