Environs: Agriturismo near Salerno in Campania, Stella Cilento

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Paestum: Paestum, before is was given its name in Latin, was an important Greek colony founded in the 7th century B.C. by the Sybarites who gave it the name Poseidonia. The National Archaeological Museum and the archaeological park make up an extraordinary ensemble, exhibiting and preserving monuments and objects of art, as well as archaeological remains attesting to the life and habits of the time. The Doric temples, especially to Neptune (Poseidone) and Cerere, are extraordinary for their beauty and perfection. Amalfi: Amalfi is a town in Campania, in the province of Salerno, located on the southern coast of the peninsula of Sorrento, the famous Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a tourist area of worldwide reputation. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cilento Park: fascinating myths and legends of heroes and ancient founders intertwine with the beauty of the park’s territory. It’s the second Italian national park for size. It includes various geographical conformations, a part of the Tyrrhenian coast (where Palinuro leaves Enea) and many peaks, including the Alburni mountains, which seem all white because of the great presence of Cretaceous limestone. The wild areas of the park have many rare species such as the black woodpecker, royal eagle, badger, sea crow and sparrow hawk.

Pompei and Ercolano: where time has stood stillIn 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius, after a thousand years of Pompei, reawakened and blocked everything in that marvellous city as if in a snapshot. Under a heavy blanket of ash and lava, Pompei, like Ercolano and other notable archaeological sites, has been incredibly preserved and returned to view after 17 centuries. An unforgettable visit for the enormity, beauty and wealth of the monuments and remains and for the amazing tragedy that caused time to stand still.

Pertosa: this area, near the mountain community of Vallo di Dano (310 m), is where the Italian horror director Dario Argento filmed “Il fantasma dell’opera” (“Phantom of the Opera”). The grotto is magnificent, surrounded by nature. It is of carsic origin and it started to form 35 million years ago, extending its perimeter for kilometres. As of today, though, you can only visit 2.5 km of it. You don’t walk through but float through it in a small boat.