Cilento lies to the south of Naples and is a beautiful, unspoiled region of Italy. It has a long, Mediterranean coastline that runs for more than 100 kilometres and is bordered by mountains and forests to the west. The second-largest national park in Italy, the Valio di Diano, covers large areas of Cilento and forms a protected region but the area welcomes visitors and there is a wide range of Cilento accommodation for tourists.
This beautiful region is a great choice for an outdoors holiday, whether it involves hiking, biking or simply relaxing by the sea. Spectacular views and magnificent landscapes can be enjoyed when staying in Cilento holiday apartments in the Alburni Mountains or by the beautiful coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Like most of Italy, Cilento is a foodies heaven, with an abundance of fresh, local produce to be found whether you dine in village trattorias, award-winning restaurants or choose to self-cater in Cilento holiday apartments. Local foods that are prized all over Italy include buffalo mozzarella, chestnuts, Freselli breads and olive oil while locally-bred wild boar and lamb is particularly good and forms the basis of many local dishes.
There are numerous medieval towns and villages where visitors can find a variety of Cilento accommodation and enjoy local sights such as the unique underground grottos of Pertosa and Castelcivita. Many historic places of interest date back to Greek and Roman times; some of the best-preserved are the ancient Greek cities of Velia and Paestum where visitors can see temples, painted tombs and other ancient remains. Visitors can also use Cilento accommodation as a base while exploring surrounding areas, for example the wider region of Campania and the nearby Salerno province.