National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano

UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserve since 1997

Unesco Geopark, link between Magna Graecia and the Lucanian and Etruscan peoples

The Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park, located in the most southern part of the Campania region, is certainly another vast area to discover. The area includes 80 municipalities and is the first Geo Park in Italy.
The area represented an important route for trade, cultural and political interactions during prehistoric and medieval periods.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, Cilento was also the border between the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia and the indigenous Etruscan and Lucanian populations. Here are the ruins of two great cities of the classical era, Paestum, and Velia.

In the archaeological site there are groups of sanctuaries and settlements that extend over three mountain ridges in the province of Salerno.

The archaeological area of ​​Velia, which preserves the monumental ruins of the colony of Elea, was founded by the Phocians in the second half of the sixth century.

Magnificent is the Certosa of San Lorenzo in Padula, in Vallo di Diano, whose construction began in 130: an architectural complex in the Baroque style which, with its cloisters, gardens and courtyards, represents one of the most impressive monastic structures in the world.

A curiosity?
If you go to visit these places, you should taste PDO buffalo mozzarella from Campania: not recognised by UNESCO, but definitely recommended to include it in the menu during your trip in Campania.

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Main points of interest

Temple of Neptune, Paestum

Charterhouse of Padula

Sand Horse by Mimmo Paladino, Paestum

Excavations of Velia

How to visit National Park of Cilento

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