The Cilento coastal region runs from the ancient port and town of Agropoli down to Sapri. It offers as stunning a coastline as the Amalfi coast with breathtaking sea views but there is less traffic and it is quieter allowing a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. The bays, beaches and villages are dotted along the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea and include Agropoli, Santa Maria & San Marco di Castellabate, Ogliastro Marina and Acciaroli (Ernest Hemingway’s favourite holiday village).
This area manages to maintain its tradition and culture despite being a popular tourist destination with all nationalities including Italians (see the article in the Observer 2009 : The dramatic coastline the Italians kept for themselves). The beaches and sea have been awarded the Blue Flag to denote clean and safe waters. Further inland the hills and mountains are scattered with medieval hilltop villages surrounded by lush green vegetation, a myriad of wildlife and stunning landscape. The local cuisine is a choice of culinary delights including mozzarella cheese from the buffalo which the area is famous for aswell as figs, citrus fruit, cherries, almonds and walnuts and olives all grow in abundance. Freshly caught fish and wild boar are always on the menu. The locals are inquisitive and friendly, always keen to give their advice or offer help and all to happy for foreigners to restore their old buildings. The climate is temperate with hot summers and mild winters.
There are many places of historical interest close by such as the Greek temples at Paestum and other historical sites at Velia, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. Naples international airport at Capodichino is 110km from Agropoli offering flights to the UK and all over the world. There is a small airport at Pontecagnano (60km from Agropoli just outside of Salerno) offering domestic flights which is earmarked to become an international airport in the future. The large town and port at Salerno offers ferry trips to the Amalfi coast, Capri, Ischia, Procida and Naples as well as further afield to Croatia, Sicily and other destinations. The ‘soul’ of Italy is the city of Naples which is a vibrant and colourful place where you can taste the best pizza in the world, visit the street famous for nativity figurines, the National museum or just watch the world go by in one of the many cafes. Trains run from Naples through Salerno to Agropoli, takes approx 1hr 10mins – 1hr 50 mins and costs 7,30 – 12,50 euros (fast train from Rome to Naples takes 1 hr).
We take on new properties regularly and some are not always listed on the website so even if you don't see what you are looking for please still contact us as we may be just about to take on our books the one for you. If you have very particular criteria or a certain town/location in mind we have many contacts around the Cilento region and can put out a search for your requirements. We have a list of recommended places to stay in the area (B&Bs, hotels and self catering) which we will be happy to send you. We advertise a cottage which we rent out all year round - please visit OwnersDirect for more information.