Cilento and Vallo di Diano national park was officially instituted on December 6, 1991 to maintain a  long-lasting balance between Man and his environment, through the conservation of biodiversity, promoting economic development and preservation of cultural values ​​attached. In 1997 it becomes a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and it was included in the prestigious network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO MAB program (Man And Biosphere). The other natural reserves instituted in the area of the park are the “Natural reserve of Foce Sele-Tanagro” (created in 1993 , with the Oasis of Persano) and the “Maritime reserve of Punta Licosa”. Cilento e Vallo di Diano National Park is the second largest natural park in Italy. It stretches from the Tyrrhenian coast to the foot of the Apennines between Campania and Basilicata, and it includes the peaks of Alburni Mountains, Cervati and Gelbison mountains and the coastal buttresses of Mt. Bulgheria and Mt. Stella. The extraordinary naturalistic richness of the heterogeneous territory goes hand in hand with the mythical and mysterious character of a land rich in history and culture. The Cilento was a major route not only for trade, but also for cultural and political interaction during the prehistoric and medieval periods. The Cilento was also the boundary between the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia and the indigenous Etruscan and Lucanian peoples. There are many things you can see: from historical-cultural evidences, such as the ruins of the ancient cities of Paestum and Velia, the Padula Charterhause, the medieval village of Teggiano; to the beautiful landscapes views of the caratteristic cities on the cilentan coast, as Castellabate, Marina di Camerota, Palinuro. Not forgetting, of course, the naturalistic richness of this land, the carsic nature of which fostered the creation of  spectacular  caves along the coast, like those of Castelcivita and Pertosa; enchanting the gorges of rivers Calore and Bussento and suggestive scenic views from the stream Sammaro.

 

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