Cilento: the culture
The Cilento is an outstanding cultural landscape and Villa Tina Holiday Homes is a starting point for many explorations.
Since the Cilento was the boundary between the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia and the indigenous Etruscan and Lucanian peoples, you can easily visit the remains of two major cities from classical times, Paestum – and its incredibly well preserved Greek temples – and Velia, with its Greco-Roman ruins.
From Castellabate you can arrange full days trips to visit: the 14th century “Certosa (Charter House) di San Lorenzo” at Padula, in the Vallo di Diano, which is one of the most impressive monastic structures in the world; the legendary archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the magnificent Royal Palace of Caserta; the city of Naples rich in history, churches, monuments and museums such as the Royal Palace and Capodimonte Museum.
From either the port of Agropoli or San Marco hydrofoils can take you to the glorious Amalfi Coast, with towns such as Vietri sul Mare and its ceramics known world-wide, Ravello with its lovely Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, and Positano. The island of Capri, as well as Naples, can be reached by hydrofoil.
Closer to Villa Tina Holiday Homes, there is the unspoilted area of Licosa which consists of a beautiful islet, too. According to the legend, the siren Leucosia lived in these waters and was turned into stone, making the shape of the island of Licosa, when she threw herself to death after failing to lure Ulysses with her enchanting music.