110km (68 miles) S of Naples
The Cilento is Campania's loneliest wilderness, well off the beaten track and one of the least inhabited areas in Italy. The population is concentrated along the beautiful coast, while the remote hinterland is crossed by only a few roads. Established as a national park in 1991, this is the second-largest national park in Italy, offering a variety of land- and seascapes, from the mountains of the Alburni (home to some of the most interesting caves in the world) and Monte Cervati (the highest mountain in Campania), to the splendid promontory of Cape Palinuro, so justly praised by Virgil. The Cilento is also rich in archaeological and architectural mementoes of the various civilizations that have inhabited the area since prehistoric times.