Between food, art and history: visit the ancient villages of the Cilento

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Welcome to Cilento, extreme southern Campania Felix.
A land of ancient beauty, endowed with lush vegetation and pristine.
Furrowed by ships since ancient mariners of the Greeks, as Omero says that here setted part of the legendary journey of Odysseus tied to the death of his friend Palinuro. And later discovered also by the colonizers of the City.
Here, among the picturesque medieval villages perched on the gentle slopes overlooking the sea, from March 21 to May 18, will be held a unique artistic and culinary event called
“Cilento Art and Food”, sponsored by the city of Ascea.

At the center of the event: the gastronomic excellence cilentana that will transform the surrounding countries participating in real citadels of taste to be reached by tourist buses. However, if you prefer a more folk then you can do so directly to the horse or even a donkey.
But first things first and we anticipate something about the many activities planned.

There are many towns to visit and rediscover their cultural and historical authenticity, as the historical center of Castel San Lorenzo, where stands the ancient palace of the Princes Carafa in 1272 and the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Stella dating back to 1100.
Recall also that the village is located in the beautiful Cilento National Park, an oasis of green glades, elected by Unesco World Heritage Site.

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There, in the ancient conglomerate, between houses and streets, visitors can take part in wine tasting sessions missed due to the best labels of the place as the Lambiccato, Moscato Spumante and Rosé Castel San Lorenzo.
Still, with its 578 inhabitants and its noble palaces, Monteforte Cilento represents another important step in the succulent “journey” to discover the wonders of the place.
Here complicit in the fertile soil of the woods, is the largest production of chestnuts. As we move into the town of Felitto, which still retains its ancient city murararia , we can bump into Her Majesty the pasta.

Yes, because this quaint village is known to be the land of fusilli: a typical specialty of the place obtained from the processing of eggs, flour,salt, water,olive oil and using a 4- iron thin faces.Space and also to the production of legumes with the prized red bean, chosen by Slow Food Presidium among the 100 Italian specialties to be saved, cultivated in the small village of Controne.

To finish the last two stages of the coast to coast trip lead us to Novi Velia, from whose castle you can admire all the Cilento and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte Sacro which stands on the summit of Mount Gelbison, and Cannalonga ,city dating from the tenth century AD, where the main square is the Palazzo Ducale.

“Cilento art and food”
21 march-18 may 2014
Full program at: www.cilento.it