Located in Italy's Campania region, old Cilento lies between Paestum and the Gulf of Policastro, near the town of Sapri. Travel here to see the magnificent Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park host the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa of Padul — culture hubs all on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The real draw of Mediterranean Cilento, however, is its serenity, characterized by gently rolling hills and olive trees standing in bright contrast to the vibrant blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here, thick woods of chestnuts and verdant evergreens skirt villages as they cling to Cilento's high, rough rocks, lining its glittering coasts.

Il Cannito boutique guesthouse in the lush hillside location backing on to the Cilento & Vallo di Diano National Park
Cilento, Italy

Il Cannito

A tiny redoubt of stripped, twisted beams, limestone walls and a modern interior. There’s an air of culture at this aged – and much loved – restored monastery, which perches on a verdant hillside overlooking distant Capri and close to the Paestum Temples.

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Santorini overlooking the Aegean at sunset | Caldera | Cyclades | Aenaon Villas, Greece | infinity pool in blue

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Paestum Temples in Cilento Southern Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ancient Greek temples

Road trip Cilento Southern Italy

Paestum Temples in Southern Italy is one of those ancient antiquities that you have to visit – this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cilento Campania is a treasure trove of ancient Greece including three of the world’s best-preserved temples.

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