Campania…not just the Amalfi coast

 Castellabate, Campania.

Castellabate, Campania.

The Amalfi coast is probably one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Italy, for foreigners and italians alike. And rightfully so.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, but because of this it can be very crowded and touristy.  A visit here is definitely warranted if you've never been before.  However, if you were to continue south, past the Amalfi coast, you would reach the area known as the Cilento, a national park whose coastline rivals in beauty any other world-renowned beach, but with so much more to offer.  I was fortunate enough to visit this area on my recent trip and experience first-hand the natural beauty of the region, as well as the warmth and friendliness of the locals.  

Nestled high up on a mountain is the town of Castellabate, which overlooks both San Marco and Santa Maria di Castellabate.  Benvenuti al sud, a famous Italian film, was shot in this town.  Built on the mountain top, with steep streets and hundreds of stone steps, Castellabate is truly a gem in and of itself.  Then you add the stunning views and beautiful beaches at its foot and you find yourself truly in paradise.   

The Tyrrhenian sea water is clear blue, the beaches pristine, the towns charming, the food as fresh and delicious as can be…truly a not-to-be-missed destination for anyone wishing to experience a slice of genuine Italy!