The Cilento and Vallo di Diano is an extraordinary land that gave birth to the Mediterranean diet, which has the most beautiful sea, witnessed by 12 Blue flags and recognized the historical value as the colony of Ancient Greece, the cradle of civilization.
The Cilento is a mountainous area of Campania in the province of Salerno, in the southern part of the region; for the uniqueness of its biodiversity is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is limited to the north by the chain of mountains Alburni and faces east in the Vallo di Diano. It derives its name from cis Alentum (“this side Alento”), although the river is not it more the boundary signs. Its hilly territory covered by olive trees has always been a crossroads of peoples and traditions. Crossed by lively streams, rich in chestnut and holm oak, its beautiful landscape is interrupted by villages clinging to the rocks or laid on the sea shores, most of which is also part of the Cilento National Park and Vallo di Diano, with sites archaeological area of Paestum and Velia and the Certosa di Padula, inserted in 1998 in the world heritage list of UNESCO.
The National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, second largest park in Italy in size, includes the peaks of the Alburni, Cervati and Gelbison and the coastal buttresses of Mount Bulgheria and Mount Stella. The flora of the park is made up of about 1,800 different species of wild native plants, but also the fauna is very diversified thanks to the varied and somewhat impervious territory, coastal and mountainous areas, rivers and streams, cliffs and forests, the habitat of many wildlife areas bolster the presence of species of high conservation value, such as the peregrine falcon.
The extraordinary natural characteristics, due to the considerable heterogeneity of the territory, are flanked by the mythical and mysterious character of a land rich in history and culture: the call of nymph Leucosia, the beaches where the destinies of Aeneas Palinuro and have separated, the remains of Greek colonies and Paestum, the wonderful Certosa di Padula. The latter three sites are the main cultural attractions of national and international importance that have allowed the park to get the prestigious award of UNESCO released the UNESCO World Heritage.
Cilento and Valle del Sele there are many local products from the oil to cheese, from wine to beans, a well-established maritime tradition of culinary art that has been handed down for generations, from fishermen to farmers Cilento hinterland. Remember: the Cilento DOP olive oil, the Roccadaspide IGP Brown, white figs of Cilento, the Paestum artichokes IGP Tondo, the Controne bean, Anchovies Menaica, the brawn of Gioi, honey Park Cilento, the cacioricotta, buffalo mozzarella, the caciocavallo, mozzarella co ‘to mortedda, the wine of Cilento.