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The National Park of Cilento is one of the biggest in Italy. It is the final result of the combination between man’s work and nature. Cilento is an interesting place to visit because of its fusion between sea and mountains and because it possesses natural and cultural resources. It stretches from the Tyrrhenian coast to the foot of the Apennines in Campania and Basilicata.
The extraordinary naturalistic richness of the heterogeneous territory goes hand in hand with the mythical and mysterious character of a land rich in history and culture.
That’s why the National Park of Cilento meets the requirements demanded by Unesco.
It is an outstanding example of the ecological and biological process of the Mediterranean ecosystem and in the Park you can find numerous plants and animals.
Salerno is the main town close to the Costiera Amalfitana (the "Amalfi Coast" on the Tyrrhenian, which includes the famous towns of Amalfi, Positano, and others) and is mostly known for its Schola Medica Salernitana (the first University of Medicine in the world).
In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, amongst the most powerful feudal lords in Southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time. Later, in 1694, the city was struck by several catastrophic earthquakes and plagues, and afterwards a period of Spanish rule which would last until the 18th century. After that, Salerno became part of the Parthenopean Republic and saw a period of Napoleonic rule.
The promontory on which Agropoli stands has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It seems, however, that it was not until the later Bronze and Iron Ages that it came to be continuously inhabited by a stable, indigenous population, which lived of hunting and fishing.
To the east of the promontory, at the mouth of the River Testene, there is a natural sheltered bay, called "Foce" in ancient times, but which is now almost completely silted up.
AcciaroliThe Blue Flag and Five Sails status guarantee the quality of the sea which laps the shores of Acciaroli. This peaceful fishing village on the coast of Cilento, overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, transforms each summer in exceptional tourist destination. A well established favourite for those travelling by boat, the port of Acciaroli has a capacity for dozens of boats and luxury yachts. It is here, in the harbour, that the town's vibrant social life takes place, the numerous sea edge bars and restaurants offering customers a splendid view across the waters. Those yet to be owners of a luxury yacht, should be sure to book places on a boat trip so as to admire the long beaches and splendid coast of Acciaroli from the sea, and experience the same sensations as Ernest Hemingway who, legend has it, based the character of Santiago in his novel "The Old Man and the Sea" on a local fisherman called Massarone. Another worthwhile trip is that to the National Park of Cilento and the Vallo di Daino. Jewels of the Cilento such as Agropoli, Palinuro and Marina di Camerota are all within easy reach.
MARINA DI CAMEROTA
Marina di Camerota lies on the southern side of Cilento, on the Tyrrhenian Sea,
The town of Marina is a part of "Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park", whose natural environment is composed of "Maquis", typical of Mediterranean countries. It is a main tourism location, especially in the summer, due to the quality of its water, which has earned it the Blue Flag beach award every year since 2000.
Marina di Camerota is also interesting for its paleontologic caves, with human fossils discovered in '80s. One of these caves, located in Lentiscella zone, is a museum which accommodates the "Lion of Caprera"(Leone di Caprera), a little schooner which in 1880–1881 crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Montevideo to Livorno.
Another point of interest is represented by three "telegraph towers", built by Bourbons and included in a system of defence and communication points, along the southern side of the Tyrrhenian coast.
Palinuro lies on the southern side of Cilento, on the Tyrrhenian Sea and in the northern part of Cape Palinuro. The town, situated at the estuaries of the Lambro and Mingardo rivers, is also the main port of the comune. It is 7 km from Centola, 8 km from Marina di Camerota, 10 km from Pisciotta and 80 km from Salerno.
Palinuro is part of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, an area of "shrubland" typical of Mediterranean countries.
It is popular with tourists, especially in summer, due to the cleanliness of its waters and beaches; and is regularly awarded a Blue Flag. The town is also famous for the caves along its coast, which are regularly visited, especially by frogmen.
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