Castelnuovo Cilento is another ancient mountain town for people to run to during pirate raids. Today it is another sleepy small town. GPS works well to here. We use the Tom-Tom app on an iPhone. It has a church and a castle. There are small streets where the residents live. There are two basic ways up to this mountain town. One is from the SP430 highway and the other is from Velina, very close to our home. Both roads are narrow and have switch-backs. The views are incredible.
Once up in the town you proceed to the end and turn left. This road widens and takes you to a large parking lot at the castle.
There is a good restaurant at the castle and next to the church. This town can be visited in an hour or two. Walk around the castle and look out at the views. You can sea mountains and the sea from up here. Then start at the church and walk through the narrow streets. There aren’t many so you won’t get lost. These little towns never see tourists but this is the real southern Italy. Enjoy it!
Tomorrow we will visit Casal Velino Marina, the seaside town that was part of Casal Velino (yesterday’s BLOG).
George & Jo Anne
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Our pictorial continues with small beach and mountain towns of southern Campania, Italy.
Vallo della Lucania
Marina Casal Velino
Santa Maria di Castellabate
Old Town Agropoli
Wherever you go in Italy, you see old beautiful towns. Each make their own foods, wines and olive oils. Give yourself and your tastebuds a vacation … go to Italy and experience the real people and places. Don’t settle for a tour with bad food. Enjoy life and be romantic!
George & Jo Anne
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If you read yesterday’s post, you know that Castelnuovo Cilento is our sister town. It is where people would go when the pirates raided the beach towns below. It is located in Campania and in the Cilento National Park of Italy. It is high up on a mountain top and has ancient fortified castle walls around it. Inside its walls is a church and restaurant. Just outside is a small town. The road up is steep, winding and in need of some repairs. We had read about a festival featuring Cilento foods in this castle. We went up around 7:30 pm thinking it would be going on. It was just being setup. We learned it was going to start around 10 or 11.
We met a man setting up for the festival that owned the restaurant/bar within the castle walls. His restaurant was closed for the season (it closed September 1st). He actually opened his restaurant and gave us a tour. He had a wonderful bar and decks with magnificent views of the valley below. It totally amazes us the friendliness and warmth of these people. We vowed to return next trip for dinner.
All that was left was the steep downhill road home. At the bottom we relaxed a little and continued to our home.
George & Jo Anne
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