Posts Tagged With: Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park

Ascea & Velia Pictorial

Just south of Marina di Casal Velina is another beautiful beach town called Ascea. As you enter the town from the north, you pass ancient Greek ruins of a large port city called Velia.

Ascea has a population of just under 6,000 people. It has public and private beaches similar to Marina di Casal Velino. It is in the Province of Salerno, Region of Campania. There is a train station here that you can take it from Salerno or Naples.

Velia was called Elia by the Greeks. It is now a wonderful outdoor museum. You can walk among the ruins and get a sense of life. It was founded between 538 and 525 BC by the early Greeks. It was a port town on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Beautiful shells on the beach

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Tower at Velia

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Ruins of Velia

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Ruins of Velia

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Ruins of Velia

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Tower at Velia

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Thursday is market day in Ascea

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The beaches of Ascea

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Lunch at the beach

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View from our lunch table

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The beach club

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Lunch

Enjoy the beach with huge mountains in the background. Nature is exceptionally beautiful here. Days are slow here and the food is fantastic. Relax on the beach or take a tour of Velia. Life is to be enjoyed. Be romantic, slow down and enjoy what you have.

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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Positano Ceramics

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast (Photo credit: The Consortium)

We took a two week trip to the our home in southern Italy a few years ago. We decided to take a detour to Positano for ceramics. Many tourists around the world travel to these rocky cliffs. Tourist stops like Sorrento, Capri, Positano and Amalfi are here. This is a place to enjoy good food, great wine, nice people and as we said yesterday, Good Lemoncello.

We flew into Rome because we can get direct flights on US Air (now becoming American) from Philly to Rome. We rented a car and drove down the autostrada (A-1) towards Naples. We drove past Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii toward Sorrento. From Sorrento we drove over the mountain and took the Amalfi Coast Highway to Positano We spent a night in this wonderful city on the hill. We had a room at Hotel Villa delle Palme on Via Pasitea, number 252. This is the city of a million steps and one road. Of course we had lunch (pizza) at our favorite place, Lo Guarracino in Positano on the walkway between the big and small beaches. We stopped here to buy ceramic plates for our new home in Italy. The ceramics here is unique and colorful.

Positano Dishes

The next day we went on the Amalfi Coast Highway past many small wonderful Italian towns including Amalfi itself. Finally reaching Salerno where we stopped at the IKEA and then got on the Autostrada south again. Exiting the autostrada and going to the larger city of Agropoli and then onto Velina. Getting there takes us right through Italy’s largest national park, Cilento.

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Thinking of Italy

Italy is on everyone’s bucket list. It is a romantic and beautiful place. Italy was created by very violent actions of nature. It was originally under the sea. It is a fault line with many active volcanos. As they erupted and slipped, a new land mass was formed. It cam up out of the sea. It continued up to form very impressive mountains. It still has some earthquakes but they are usually small and remove the fault line stresses. It does have two major active volcanos. Mt Vesuvius near Naples and Mt. Etna in Sicily.

Have you longed for a trip to romantic Italy? The northern lakes with their beauty overlooking the Alps or maybe Tuscany with its wines and romantic scenery. The cities of Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples are great places to see Italians being themselves. They also are great for seeing living history. Look at the buildings the architecture and envision the people who built these great cities. There is no architecture in the world like Rome.

Maybe you are seeking an adventure to southern Italy with its Amalfi coast and Capri or farther south into the Cilento National Park. The ancient Greek town of Paestum.  Beauty unspoiled by man. What is stopping you? Exchange rates are in your favor.

If it’s being afraid of the big tours or doing it on your own, we offer an alternative for the selective traveler to see what they want to see and spend as much time as the want. If you find a great Italian spot, the last thing you want is to be taken away by a tour bus. It would be wonderful to change your plans and just stay in your new-found location.

Italy creates many wonderful memories and experiences but you have to touch it! Get away from the crowded tourists areas and meet real Italians. See places that will change you forever. If this interest you, write me at georgefebish@yahoo.com

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Whatever you like, Italy has it. Explore, feed your romance, hunger and taste the wines of Italy.
George & Jo Anne
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Buying a Home in Italy

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We have posted this before but so many people ask about buying in Europe that We are reposting it.

It has recently occurred to us that we may be a bit crazy.  After all, We don’t personally know anyone who has purchased a home or condo in Italy, sight unseen and several hours from any major airport in parts unheard of in Southern Campania.  Yup, we did that . . .and we weren’t on a lot of wine.

It all began with innocent web browsing of rental villas, which led to innocent web browsing of villas for sale which led to the “find”, which led to our decision to pursue until we hit a road-block.  No, we were not currently “on the market” to buy an Italian villa, apartment or piccola villa when this began.  We were simply looking for some villas to rent while in Italy.  We have always had a latent interest in real estate;  you could say our hobby was browsing properties anywhere that may currently intrigue us in the interest of understanding what you can get for your money.  This hobby turned international as we traveled to Italy (first time for Jo Anne) over New Years in 2011/2012 and fell completely in love with Roma, Pompeii and Orvieto and continued as we planned our honeymoon in Southern Italy to Capri, Sorrento and Positano.  One day, as we were reviewing options for rental villas, we thought ” We wonder how much it would cost to buy these villas?”  It never occurred to us that we could or would actually buy one, this was just pure curiosity.

Initially, We located some properties that Americanos would call “fixers” in the region of Abruzzo.  The Italians would refer to such properties as “storico” or “historic” and the properties would basically be noted as in need of full renovation, BUT, one could purchase a free-standing small house with a beautiful view in this condition in this beautiful but somewhat isolated area for as little as $35,000 to $50,000 euros.  Wow, our minds took quite a detour thinking of all the possibilities and how romantic that would be.  This incredible find encouraged us to continue exploring options all over Italy.  We found something in a city called Agropoli (which neither of us had ever heard of) with a beautiful crescent-shaped view of a curved bay along the Mediterranean ($165,000 euros) and no mention of renovations needed.  Now, We was really hooked.

As our searching continued, we located a stunning NEW property in an area called Casal Velino, that was beautiful.  Although we had no intent of buying a property in Italia, when we saw the price, we could not stop ourselves from inquiring with the realtor about it – surely at this price, it must be a time-share property, we thought, not even knowing if that concept existed in Italy.  The realtor from Property Organisers, promptly replied that no, there was no time-share involved, but rather that price included outright ownership of this condo which was located high on a hill about 2 kilometers from the Mediterranean (actually the Tyrrhenian Sea there) with panoramic view of both the sea and layers of nearby mountains.  WOW!

We decided to continue this remote (both in distance and in possibility) dialogue with the realtor and received additional information including floor plans, interior pictures and GPS coordinates.  We “Google Earthed” the general vicinity, and virtually traveled the nearby roads down to the ocean, but were unable to actually “find” the building through Google Earth and the view in the pictures we received did not seem to match the location of the coordinates.  It seems that Casal Velino actually includes several nearby areas, some of which are interchangeably called other names, such as Velina, Castelnuovo Cilento and others including the original centro storico.  This entire area is located between the town of Marina di Casal Velino, a designated Blue Flag beach on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Cilento National Park (the largest national park in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  Additionally, the street on which the building was located, Contrada San Nicola, popped up in multiple nearby locations with at least two different roads in the area using this name.  After receiving a new set of GPS coordinates, we were able to locate the exact building.  During this time, we were also able to determine which condos were still available and which of these had the best view.  Our favorite was the highest floor available that faced the sea.

By now, our wedding and honeymoon were two months away.   Our “innocent” inquiries took a sudden turn in the direction of seriousness when we decided to place a non-refundable deposit on this property that we did not intend to buy and scheduled settlement for two months later on the last day of our honeymoon.  At 4:00 pm on that day (the day before we were to return to the States) we received the keys to our condo.  The next morning we were on a plane back to the U.S. Our honeymoon might technically be over, but our apartment is the insurance policy that will provide many return adventures “happily ever after”!

We were about to live our own Under the Tuscan Sun experience in Southern Italy.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Cilento National Park, Italy

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Nationalpark Cilento (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our small condo is in the Cilento National Park, Campania Italy. The park is huge and  well-preserved. The Italian government stopped most new construction. This stops big resort type hotels from building on the sea. It preserves the beauty of this area for a long time. Here is a BLOG on this park as well as near by Diano National Park. If you like hiking, camping, horseback riding or just a day at a perfect beach, this is the area for you.

Cilento Nat Park

The beach towns here have all won the coveted Blue Flag award for clean beaches. These beaches are soft sand, gentle surf and family oriented. They have free areas were you can bring your own chairs and umbrella or you can pay to enter a private club area. These will give you chairs, table and umbrella. They also sell food, wine, beer and liquor. Most have free WiFi and music. This is how to do beach on steroids!

Explore the nearby mountain towns, tan yourself on the beaches and enjoy the National Park. It is all nearby your hotel.

George & Jo Anne

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Campania, Italy

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(English version) Category:Maps of Campania Campania Campania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Campania, Italy is a beautiful area including Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. It also includes so much more. You know how much we love this area of Italy. We bought a house there.

The Province of Campania includes the regions of:

  1. Caserta
  2. Benevento
  3. Naples
  4. Avellino
  5. Salerno

Cilento is in the Salerno region.

It has some of the most beautiful mountains and some of the best beaches in all of Europe. Cilento is one of the largest national parks in Italy. It has a building code to prevent new building of condos, hotels, etc that will ruin the sea views and beaches. If this type of living interests you, visit Campania.

You can visit ancient Greek ruins in Paestum, large cities like Salerno and Agropoli and visit the famous Amalfi Coast. All of southern Italy is within a several hour drive. Sicily is just a ferry ride across the boot from mainland Italy.

 

There is a rainy season in November and December that can have rain almost every day or mild sunny days. The rain can be heavy and have strong thunder storms. This too is a beautiful side of nature but can ruin a trip if you are unaware. Choose your season and enjoy Italy. I would also avoid August as all of Europe is in vacation and beaches and towns are very crowded.

George & Jo Anne

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Casal Velina Marina in Campania

I have written about this wonderful seaport before but it needs new mention as we start to think Spring and Summer and maybe a trip to Italy. This small city is the sea port side of a town that has another side high in the mountains. The sea port is beautiful. Palm tree-lined walks, white sand beaches, gentile rolling waves and the warm Tyrrhenian Sea (Mediterranean Sea separated by islands).  This wonderful town has many boat docks with beautiful boats, a tower that used to watch for pirates. The bars along the sea are wonderful. Have your coffee and sweet roll in the morning or a Panini for lunch. Try the local mozzarella (Mozzarella di Bufalo).

There are wonderful open markets each Friday on the street. Here you can browse local vendors to see their products. Clothing, food and small home appliances are some of the things sold here. There are many restaurants that serve wonderful food. On the beach are clubs that rent you  chairs, umbrellas and table on the beach. They include music and free WiFi. This is life the way it should be. Picture yourself on the sand looking out at the sea, listening to some music while sipping a prosecco (Italian champagne). And no trip here is complete without a stop at Franco’s Bakery. Here you can taste wonderful Italian pastries fresh made. Take some back with you to your hotel. Gaetano, the owner, will help you select the best he has.

George & Jo Anne

 

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