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Italy's Cilento Coast

Preston Schlebusch A view of the coast below Castellabate.

Photo: Preston Schlebusch

Quiet, cultured, and ever-so-slightly rough around the edges, the Cilento Coast may not have the polish of its Amalfi neighbor—but that is precisely its allure.

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Destinations: Maratea · Cilento Coast

Inspired by: Italy’s Cilento Coast — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published May. 2008

Hotels (3)

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    Palazzo Belmonte

    The Prince of Belmonte's hotel (and primary residence) attracts a posh clientele, many of whom address the Prince of Belmonte as “Angelo”. The prin

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    Il Cannito

    Ensconced in the hills above Paestum is Il Cannito, a four-room bed-and-breakfast opened in 2006 by Anna Maria Barlotti Gorga, a fiftysomething che

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    La Locanda delle Donne Monache

    This former 18th-century convent—recently made over by the Stein Group—has 29 simple, chic rooms and makes a nice base from which to explore the co

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Restaurants (4)

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    U' Mazzeno

    The colorful osteria on the dirt road that leads to Punta Licosa serves delicious local favorites and organic fresh fish.

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    Ristorante Il Cormorano

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    Ristorante Il Caicco

    Eat on the garden terrace, suspended almost a thousand feet above the sea in Castellabate.

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    Il Ceppo

    Don’t let the inauspicious location—on a side street in this large modern resort town—deter you from experiencing some of the coast’s freshest seaf

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Activities (3)

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    Velia

    Home of the philosopher Zeno, this ancient Greek city and world heritage site on the southwest coast of Italy remains somewhat under the radar for

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    Paestum

    Along the western coast of Italy in the Campania countryside stand the remains of this ancient Greek colony. Relatively uncommercialized, the site

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    Tenuta Vannulo

    Tenuta Vannulo is to mozzarella di bufala a bit what Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate are to Cabernet Sauvignon: artisanal, scarce, legendary. At

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