Welcome to Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni
Proving the perfect antidote to the holiday mayhem further north, the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni combines dense woods and flowering meadows, with dramatic mountains, rivers and waterfalls. It is the second-largest national park in Italy, covering 1810 sq km, including 80 towns and villages. To get the best out of the park, you will probably need a car, although the coastal strip from Castellabate down to Palinuro has reasonable pubic transport. The Cilento is known for its orchids, vast underground cave complexes and handsome hilltop villages. Sitting on the cusp of the park proper are the ruins of Paestum and the Certosa di San Lorenzo, both crucial to it gaining Unesco World Heritage status in 1998.
Compared to the Amalfi, the Cilento is not so well set up for tourism and the network of walking trails is less well marked. If in doubt, join a guided excursion.