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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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Ascea Beaches in Italy

Ascea is a beach town south of where we live in Campania. It has a long road along the beach with plenty of sandy beaches. It is a Blue Flag beach.

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These beaches have a gentle rolling surf and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. You have two choices at these beaches:

  1. Free public area – Bring your own umbrella and chairs.
  2. Clubs – Pay and get umbrella, table and chase lounges

The clubs usually have free WiFi and music. You can also have a lunch at them. Lunch is not just sandwiches and pizza but swordfish, pasta and salads. You can also get beer, wine and prosecco with lunch or at your table on the beach. The food is wonderful and you have great views.

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On Thursdays the close a section of the beach road and set up vendor stalls for a market. This market is mostly clothes and kitchen ware.

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There is a train that stops here from Salerno, Naples and Rome. It continues south to Sicily.   When going to Ascea, don’t miss Velia and ancient Greek ruin. This was a huge seaside city in ancient times.

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This is the way to enjoy the beach Italian style. Enjoy!

Tomorrow we travel south along the coast to the seaport of Scario.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Velia, Italy

Velia is no longer a city. It was an ancient Greek city fonder around 538 BC known then as Elea. It was a very large city extending from the sea to the mountains. It had a tower at its highest point. From there you could see the sea in all directions and watch for pirates or the fires from other town’s towers indicating the pirates were on their way. Today this city is just a ruin but the tower still stands. You can buy tickets to tour this wonderful ruin or a combo ticket to view Velia and Paestum (see yesterday’s BLOG).

Velia is located near the current beach town of Ascea Italy. Ascea is in the southern end of Campania and has beautiful beaches. We found these wonderful rocks at the beach. They were smooth and looked polished with white strips on the grey rock. When we toured Velia, we saw these same rocks used in their construction of buildings 2,500 years ago. As you walk this ruin you will see some buildings totally standing but without a roof, others are just foundations outlining the original building. There is a forum and pathways through this ancient city.

As you walk you can almost hear the horse-drawn carriages on the cobbles town streets. You can imagine people hanging out windows or walking around this town.

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This was once a major city in southern Italy long before the Roman Empire.

You can drive from the A3 Autostrada south on SP 430 to Vallo Scallo and then on streets to Ascea or take a train to Ascea. As you enter the city of Ascea from the north you can see Velia on your left. There is ample parking and a small gift shop.

George & Jo Anne

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How to Buy a Place in Italy – Part 16

Thursday morning is no different from the other mornings. We awake to beautiful blue skies, puffy occasional clouds and shimmering sea. We are off, you guessed it, to Isola Verde for breakfast and WiFi. This place has a real following in Marina Casal Velino. It is right on a street directly across from the beach. Their pastries are fresh each day and crispy. Nothing is too sugary. Fillings, like marmalade are just a small amount. The espresso is done perfect. A great way to kick-start your day. We discuss our plans for the day and conclude that a trip to Pisciotta is in order. Pisciotta is a small mountain town not far from the beach town of Ascea (our second beach area). The road up is small, like all Italian mountain roads, but in good condition.

We arrive in Pisciotta and find a parking garage in the center. We didn’t know if we needed a ticket and where the machine was. It turns out, the local Tobacco store (also sells newspapers, gum, etc) sells the parking tickets. You buy it and mark it up as to time in. We walk back to the parking garage and place the ticket inside on the dash. Now we are free to explore Pisciotta. From the center of town, stairs lead up a high hill into the old section. Streets are pedestrian only and very narrow. We discover that local deliveries are done on small narrow vehicles with treads (like a tank) that can go up steep hills and also climb up or down stairs.

We find a restaurant called Tre Gufi (three Owls). It is too early for lunch but the owner invites us in to see the view. After about a hundred pictures we leave to continue our walk around the old section. We decide to come back for lunch here. The walk around town winds and climbs up and down stairs. There are views everywhere. Some of the sea others of the mountains. It is a beautiful and memorable town.

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The Streets

After a long walk around this wonderful city, we need to buy another ticket for parking and place it in the car. The locals tell us don’t worry it is lunch time and the police are eating. We then head back up to Tre Gufi for views and lunch. They let us pick a table outside overlooking a cliff down to the marina. What a wonderful setting.

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Our view and Table

On the way back we stop in Ascea to visit an ancient Greek city ruin of Velia (Elea in Greek – 538-535 BC). This was a huge city on the sea with its castle high up on the mountain. The ruins still show a part of this city. You can see foundations of houses and buildings and a coliseum. It was a very hot day and we had no shade. The climb up to the tower was hard but we were rewarded with a spectacular ruin still in tact and a great view.

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We then head home but first made a stop at the vegetable man to get fresh fruit and vegetables. We ate at home that night and enjoyed our view and sunset. Tomorrow we will discuss Friday, our last full day, in paradise.

George & Jo Anne

 

Categories: Campania, Casal Velino, Cilento, Europe, General Travel, Greece, Italy, Mountain Towns, Owning a home in Italy, Pisciotta, Small Towns | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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