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Explore the National Parks | Things to do in Santa Maria di Castellabate | Citalia

Explore the National Parks

Cilento is largely made up of national parks, boasting an unspoilt landscape that few other regions in Italy can rival. It’s mainly thanks to the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park – an immense conservation space covering an area 170 times that of Capri. Originally established two decades back to counteract the effects of tourism, this national park includes almost the entirety of the Cilentan Coast, along with vast swathes of Campania.

The region has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, mostly thanks to several unique places of interest including the Padula Charterhouse and the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia. The rest of the region is largely mountainous, with the dramatic peaks and valleys cultivating some 1,800 plant species, and many dozens of unique fauna, including the majestic Golden Eagle, and the adorable Corsican Hare.

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