Cilento Holidays

Embrace the captivating coast on your Cilento holiday

Embrace the captivating coast on your Cilento holiday

Holidays in Cilento introduce you to one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Located on the west coast, Cilento is one of the more remote parts of the Campania region but is not far from Naples

Cilento, unlike some of its flashier neighbours, is unpretentious but that’s its attraction. Literary greats such as Shelley, Goethe and Hemmingway all found inspiration here.  

If you’re looking for a sunshine holiday with a simple, relaxed atmosphere, in a region of outstanding beauty with mountains and beaches, sheltered coves and pastel harbours, then look no further than Cilento.  

With plenty of activities to be enjoyed for all ages, Cilento is a perfect choice for an Italian family adventure.  

Panoramic view in Agropoli with the sea in the background. Cilento, Campania, southern Italy.

Why Cilento?

Cilento is a hidden gem that offers so much to visitors that take the time to explore it.
 
Follow in the footsteps of literary greats and discover a world of adventure not far from Naples.
 
 

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Have a look at the destinations in Cilento and discover some wonderful hidden gems.  

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Every road takes you into history during your Cilento holiday

In a tousled landscape awash with colour, Cilento’s quieter roads lead to Greek temples, Saracen towers and historic villages. Families can enjoy delving into ancient worlds at Museo Archeologico Virtuale, which takes you on an interactive, virtual journey back through time to discover the ancient Roman city of nearby Herculaneum

If you prefer an outdoor family adventure then there are a number of excellent walking trails to explore on your Cilento holidays, some within the national park. The enticingly named Via dell'Amore (Path of the Lovers) starts at Ascea’s beach and climbs to the Torre del Telegrafo (watchtower), where you can enjoy a fantastic view over Cape Palinuro. 

Padula’s impressive 14th century Carthusian monastery, Certosa di San Lorenzo, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 350 rooms. To make the most of your visit take a local guided tour. It’s one of Europe’s largest Carthusian monasteries, also known as charterhouses. 

The Mediterranean Diet is also worth talking about. The people in Cilento live to remarkable ages which scientists believe is down to their healthy diet. You can also unearth the wisdom of ancient medicine at a wonderfully interactive museum, Scuola Medica Salernitana Museo Virtuale, located in Salerno. 

Dive into the history of Cilento and Italy further by taking our Jewels of Southern Italy tour or if you’d like to visit two destinations in one trip, why not try a multi-centre and add Puglia to your Cilento adventure?

Recommended tours and multi-centres

 

Jewels of Southern Italy Small Group Escorted Tour

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Enjoy local figs, wines, pastries and limoncello in beautiful Southern Italy
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Explore the historic sights of Naples and its fascinating architecture
  • Maximum group size: 18
  • Visit Pompeii and compare its Roman ruins to the ancient Greek history of Paestum
  • Visit the Amalfi Coast, where you can explore Ravello, Amalfi, Capri, Positano and more
From £1749 per person
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Cilento and Puglia

11 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Ideal for lovers of delicious food
  • Take a boat trip inside the famous Blue Grotto karst cave
  • Visit southern Italy's unspoilt gems
From £999 per person
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