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Southern Campania’s Beach Resorts

Everyone knows about the Amalfi Coast. Positano, Sorrento and Capri are world-famous. The beaches at Positano are lava rock not sand. The beaches farther south in Campania are pure sand. The sea is very calm and gentle in the summer but violent with large waves in the winter. Jo Anne and I chose a second home in this area for both the beautiful beaches and high gorgeous mountains. Imagine laying on the beach feeling the sand, sun and water as you look at the mountains around you. There are four branches near us.

Marina di Casalvelino

This is a beach resort in every sense of the word. There are plenty of restaurants in walking distances as well as some great bars. There is a supermercato across from the sea. The main road at the beach has restaurants and stores on one side and the beach with palm trees on the other.

 

YouTube VLOG on Marina Casalvelino

The beach is large and beautiful. You can choose free beaches and take your own chairs and umbrella or a club that charges a fee, around 20 Euros/day (Discounts for larger time periods), for two chairs, and umbrella with a small table, free WiFi and music. These clubs also have restaurants that serve wine, prosecco, beer and food. We love this option as it is relaxing with no worries or hassles. There is a great market just off the beach each Friday.

There is a large marina here where you can rent boats or hire someone to take you out, There is a good train with connections to Salerno, Naples and the rest of Europe.

Ascea

Ascea is just south of Marina di Casalvelino and is another great beach. It has less foreign tourists and more Italians on vacation than does Marina di Casalvelino. This beach has similar free beaches and club options. There is a great market by the beach each Thursday.

This city is larger than Marina di Casalvelino and has many interesting small shops. We have not yet done a YouTube VLOG on this beach resort but it is coming soon. There is a good train with connections to Salerno, Naples and the rest of Europe.

Marina di Camerota

Marina di Camerota is a small beautiful city. This beach town is about a half hour drive south of Marina di Casalvelino. The beach areas are very small but the water is crystal clear with tints of green and blue colors. There is a large marina here where you can rent boats or hire someone to take you out, Take time to walk around this small town.

YouTube VLOG on Marina di Camerota

Palinuro

Palinuro is another small beach town just north of Marina di Camerota. You can easily walk this town. There are good restaurants, bars and gelaterias. The beaches are small like in Marina di Camerota but worth a visit. Our VLOG on this town will be published Monday January 9th.

Italy has some of the greatest beaches in the world and the water at these beaches consistently win a Blue Flag Award for cleanliness.

Be romantic at the beach …

– George

 

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Marina Casalvelino, Italy – Beach Resort

We own a condo a few kilometers from this beautiful beach resort town. It is located in southern Campania south of Naples, south of the Amalfi Coast and south of Salerno. The town is small with a beautiful sandy beach. The water is calm in the summer but very violent in the winter. There are free beach areas and paid clubs.

The clubs give you lounge chairs, umbrella, table, music and free wi-fi. They also have bars or restaurant to order drinks and food. There is nothing like sipping a cool prosecco on the beach in a glass champagne flute. This is beach life in Italy.

This area is very popular with Italians from Rome south and Germans. The British and Americans have not found it yet. The beaches are better than the lava beaches of the Amalfi Coast. Come and really relax in Marina Casalvelino.

Rent a boat or have someone take you out in one. Go to a private beach or just tour this beautiful coast line. From the coast you can see huge mountains everywhere. This is some of the prettiest coastlines in Italy. All of the beaches here have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag Award for cleanliness.

There are many beach resorts in this area and tons of beautiful small mountain towns waiting to be explored. Driving is easy with a highway that connects this area to the A3 autostrada. There is also a great train system with some high-speed trains from Salerno, Naples and Rome. Parking is easy right at the beach with pay-for-parking meters. This is a very romantic area to relax at the beach or explore small local cities. There are bars and restaurants around town and hotels and B&Bs. Enjoy …

-George

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Castellabate, Italy

Castellabate is a wondrous place to visit. It is a mountain town south of Salerno and just south of Agropoli. It is not far from the Greek ruins at Paestum. It is in the Campania region south of the world-famous Amalfi Coast. Here you really step back in time. As you drive up narrow hairpin curves to this mountain town, the sea drops farther and farther below you. Once you arrive you have airplane type views of the sea and the sea town of Santa Maria Castellabate far below you. You have stepped back in time. As you park and walk into this city, your adventure begins.

Your first view is the vista far below you and the old castle. Then you enter a maze of streets that turn into steps and old buildings. Finally you emerge at the Piazzella, the center of this city. Here life is a celebration. You have restaurants, tourists and a bar. There are also views off the back side away from the sea. Sit at a restaurant and enjoy a meal al-fresco. Here you watch and enjoy life Italian style.

The Italian movie Benvenutu al Sud was filmed here. This is a very funny comedy about a postal worker that wants to work in Milan but is punished and sent to the south in Castellabate. The movie exaggerates the biases about how the north feels about the south and how the south feels about the north. This is good fun but also an education in the different Italian life styles.

Tavel well, be romantic and have fun!

-George

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Bufala Mozzarella

Bufala Mozzarella is a cheese made from the milk of the Italian water buffalo. It is a product of Italy, in the region of Campania and mainly from the provinces of Caserta and Salerno. It is a fresh delicious cheese that is soft and milky. It is typically stored in water to keep it fresh. It is never refrigerated. We have a home in the province of Salerno so there is a lot of Bufala Mozzarella around us. Along the road from the A3 Autostrada to Agropoli there are many places that make it. In every town there is someone who sells it.

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This is the way mozzarella cheese was meant to be. If you are in Campania, try it. Feel the softness of its texture, taste the flavor and enjoy a really great cheese. We love it with fresh picked tomatoes and a little olive oil but on a panini (sandwich) it is also great. It is one of the many things we look forward to when we arrive back in this region of Italy. It is the main these of Naples in Campania and is used on pizza in this region.

George

 

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Why I love the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a cliff side road that winds from Sorrento on the western side to Salerno on the eastern side. It is located in southern Italy in Campania south of Naples. As you drive this ancient Greet horse road, you feel exhilarated. Some places you are high up overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and other places you are close to the sea. The road is never empty but in the summer it can be a parking lot. Busses have a hard time navigating its tight curves. If you encounter a bus coming towards you on a turn, you must back up giving the bus room to make the turn. Busses always have the right of way.

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As you leave Sorrento you travel over the cliffs heading south and then east. as you turn east you can look out to your right a clear day and see the beautiful Island of Capri. As you head east you will twist and turn in and out of coves until you arrive high above the wonderful town of Positano. It is said this is a town of one road and a million steps. Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb. The one road winds from the Amalfi Coast Highway (one way) down to the town and beach of Positano. It then climbs slightly and ends up again at the Amalfi Coast Highway.

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Positano is very romantic. Enjoy a week here if you can. There are wonderful restaurants and two beaches. At the large beach you can catch ferries to Amalfi, Salerno, Capri, Sorrento, Naples and many small towns. You can arrive by ferry but you will have missed that wonderful road. Parking can be a problem but there are two large parking garages on the one way road. Most hotels will take your car to one of these. Once you rid yourself of the car, you will not need it until you leave. Positano is a city you walk in or take the Ferry to nearby towns.

D-Positano ai D-Positano aea D-Positano drD-Positano hnAs you leave Positano you head farther east on the Amalfi Coast Highway through tunnels and many small coves. You can see many lemon groves and wine bushes high on the hills. Try the famous limoncello in this area. You will pass many small fishing towns that are worth a stop. Eventually you arrive in the town of Amalfi. There is parking at the port and you walk into the town arriving at the main piazza. Here you can have lunch or a drink and view the magnificent cathedral in front of you.

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Now we head farther east on the highway (not really a highway but a small two lane road) to Salerno. You will pass ceramic stores worth a stop. They can wrap things well for travel or ship them for you. Salerno is a major shipping port with cruise ships. High above the city is an ancient castle. Salerno is a large major city. Here you can find great high-speed trains with service back to Naples or Rome. You can also head south to Sicily.

This is a road trip you will never forget. Enjoy the many cities it has to offer and the people, food and wine. Be romantic and spontaneous. You are an adventurer in Italy.

 

George

 

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Top Beaches in Southern Campania Italy

Who doesn’t like a good beach on a hot summer day. If you have been reading our BLOG, you know that Italian beaches have clubs that give you a chase lounge or two, table and umbrella. They have great food service or you can bring your own, You can also go to nearby stores to get a pizza or panini. They serve all kinds of drinks right on the beach. A prosecco in a glass on the beach is divine!

There are many different types of beach in Southern Italy. Some with lava stone, small rocks or sand. All of these beaches are awarded the much coveted Blue Flag status.

Here are a small list of beaches to visit:

  1. Amalfi Coast – There are numerous small towns along the stretch from Positano to Salerno. Each may be on a beach or high above with stairs down. Some beaches are reachable only by boat. These beaches tend to be lava rock but the water is great. Pack a lunch and enjoy them.
  2. Capri – This island has two main beaches but they are small and heavy in boat and ferry traffic. Capri may not have the best beaches to relax on but is well worth a visit.
  3. Agropoli – has wonderful beaches and great for boating. This is a major town with an old section high up and worth exploring. The high-speed train stops here.
  4. Santa Maria Castellabate – This is a wonderful seaside town with small but nice beaches and a great promenade. There is the old mountain town of Castellabate high above and waiting to be explored.
  5. Casal Velino Marina – This is our beach town. It can get very crowded in August. The beach is wonderful sand. The waves are non-existent in the summer which makes it idea to swim and for small children. The beach clubs are wonderful. Friday is market day and an entire street is closed to an open air market.
  6. Ascea – We often go to this beach town as well. The sand has small pebbles but it is soft. There are beautiful rocks along the waterline. There are also great clubs here. Thursday is the market day and worth a visit. It is located on the road that parallels the beach. There is a train stop in this town.
  7. Sapri – Is a small town with a high-speed train stop along the sea. It is a cove with beaches and a great promenade.

Many of these towns have ferry services or small boats that can take you to other towns. You have so many choices in this part of Campania and it is home to the world-famous Mozzarella di Bufala. Have breakfast in a bar by the sea, have lunch in a restaurant or get a panini at a bar. There are so many choices of restaurants for dinner. This is paradise for both the beach goers and the explorers. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Castellabate Pictorial

Castellabate is a small mountain town with a sister beach resort town, Castellabate Santa Maria. It is located in the Province of Salerno, Region of Campania. There are only about 8,000 people in this small mountain town. The sister beach town has about 4,000 residents but it gets many tourists during the summer. Roads leading up are small with many hair-pin curves.

You can drive south from Salerno to Agropoli or take the train. Castellabate is just south of Agropoli. Having a car makes it easier to see this town.

This town was made famous in Italy by the Movie Benvenuto al Sud. It was first released on Oct 1, 2010 in Italy. It is a very funny movie about the perceived differences in people from the north of Italy and the south. It is only available on DVD in PAL format (European format).

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One of the signs in town reads:

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Here one does not die!

In the movie they changed this sign to read Here everyone dies.

You are high up on a mountain with views down to the beach town.

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Views down to Castellabate Santa Maria

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Part of original castle wall

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Small streets and stairs everywhere

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Beautiful small streets

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Piazza from movie – The post office in the movie is really a bar

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More streets to explore

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Poster from the movie – the biggest thing that ever happened here

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So many stairs

This is a wonderful mountain town to explore especially if you have seen the movie. There are great views and good restaurants here. It is very romantic to stroll along the small streets and climb the many stairs. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Marina di Casal Velino Pictorial

Yesterday we were up in the mountain town of Casal Velino and today we are down on the beaches of Marina di Casal Velino. This is a resort town that is hoping all summer long. Palm trees and beaches with white sand are its theme. The population is about 5,000 but in the summer the hotels, rental homes and B&Bs are full with tourists. It is in the Province of Salerno, Campania. It is also in The Client National Park.

There are free beaches that you can go with your own towel or chair and umbrella. There are also clubs that you pay and get a chase, umbrella and table. They usually provide good food, drinks, music and a great beach. You can eat at these clubs or go to markets or restaurants nearby and get a Panini (sandwich) for lunch or pizza.

There are highways that get you close by or you can take a train from Salerno. This is a resort for Italians (mostly from Naples or Salerno) and other Europeans (mostly Germans). The small town, good restaurants and bars and great beaches are a draw. These beaches win the coveted Blue Flag Beach award each year for best beaches in the world. We were here last in the beginning of June so the beaches were not yet crowded.

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Palm tree-lined street at the beach

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View along the beach

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View from Isola Verde a bar at the beach

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Beach view

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Areal view of a club at the beach

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Umbrella and table on beach

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Small bar on the beach

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Friday is market day

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Panini and wine on the beach at a club

The beach is a wonderful attraction in any country. In Italy it is very romantic and memorable. This is a place to stay and be Italian. From here you can visit many small towns, other beaches and some large cities. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Casal Velino Pictorial

Casual Velino has two parts:

  1. Casel Velino – the mountain city
  2. Casal Velino Marina – the beach town

Today we will look at the small mountain town. It’s in the province of Salerno, region of Campania. It is in the Client National Park. It has a population of only 5,000. Small roads lead up to this town. In the center is an old church a few bars and restaurants. Stairways lead up the mountain side almost hidden. They take you past the homes of Casel Velino. The people are friendly and the homes are very old.

In the center is a bar where you can eat outside with a million dollar view of the sea and beaches of Casel Velino Marina below. Have a coffee and sweet roll and then start your trek up the stairs. One of the areas most expensive restaurants is here, Locanda le Tre Sorrelle (three sisters). It is a restaurant and hotel with a beautiful pool.

The streets of Casel Velino:

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View of beach below

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Breakfast with a view

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Driving very narrow streets

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And some that can not be driven

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A local fixer upper

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Homes with gardens abound

Casal Velino is small and life is slow here. Come and enter this world, be part of it. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

 

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Paestum Pictorial

From the Amalfi Coast Drive’s end point at Salerno you take the A3 Autostrada south to Battipaglia and exit into the SS18 south. Follow the signs to Paestum. It is in the Province of Salerno, Campania. It is also in the Client National forrest.This was founded about 600 BC but had a bad malaria out break that preserved the site. It is the best Greece ruins in Italy’s mainland. Sicily has great ruins as well.

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Great restaurant on southern edge of ruins

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Ruins

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Ruins

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Ruins

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Many of the ruins are leveled

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Temple of Hera I

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Theater

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Entrance to Theater

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Temple of Neptune

You will need to purchase a pass to enter this historic site. They are sold at the museum outside the sacred grounds. These ruins are  not to be missed.

George & Jo Anne

 

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