Cilento: where to stay, eat, shop and relax
Editor's pick: best hotels, local restaurants and shops in Cilento.
Palazzo Belmonte, Santa Maria di Castellabate
This royal summer house is more than a 17th-century palazzo. Its modern suites, private park and beach make this a desirable hideaway for holiday retreats. The beachside restaurant is also open to non-residents.
Four apartments, a cottage and 11 rooms in a converted 14th-century convent in the centre of the medieval village, with sea views.
Le Chiusulelle, Ogliastro Cilento
A welcoming agriturismo with homely touches, including handmade baskets and jams. Lovely meals include preserved vegetables from the garden and local salumi.
Il Cannito Relais, Capaccio
Set up off the plain above Paestum, this small stone hotel features a pool, comfortable modern rooms and home-cooked meals by arrangement.
www.ilcannito.comImage: fig sweetmeats © Santomiele, Prignano Cilento
Nonna Sceppa, Capaccio-Paestum
Close to the temples, this lively family trattoria cooks some of the area’s best food, with abundant pastas and grilled meats complemented by a great wine list.
Trattoria Villa Mare Luna, Pollica
Up a steep winding road from Acciaroli is this restaurant and hotel run by the Scarano family. The house sits in a leafy garden with sea views. The dishes feature delicious cucina rustica: soups, handmade pastas with vegetables and fish, and home-baked cakes.
Il Rosso e il Mare, Acciaroli
A family of fishermen run this attractive restaurant in one of the Cilento’s favourite sea towns. The redheaded son (the ‘rosso’ in the restaurant name) sends the boat out daily; the female members of the family cook its catch. They also sell their own tuna and anchovies preserved in extra virgin olive oil.
Da Angiolina, Marina di Pisciotta
On the sea-strip in this small fishing port, Angiolina’s has long been the place for fresh marinated anchovies and local vegetables or pizza if you wish. Eat outdoors in summer.
La Chocolathera, Sapri
Enzo Crivella knows more about Cilento than anyone, and his chocolate-coffee-wine bar is always buzzing with whoever’s in town. Crivella also makes the area’s best gelati in summer, in a free-standing kiosk on the waterfront, across the street from the shop.
Tel: +39 (0973) 984 8418Image © Trattoria Villa Mare Luna, Pollica
Santomiele, Prignano Cilento
The Cilento is famous for its fine-seeded, DOP-status white figs; they’re more elegant than their Turkish or Calabrian counterparts. Antonio Longo dries and stuffs them with nuts or chocolate for some very upscale sweetmeats. They’re the best presents to take home.
Cooperativa Nuovo Cilento, San Mauro Cilento
This enterprising cooperative olive mill has a shop selling fragrant Cilento DOP extra virgin olive oils and a wonderful restaurant featuring local country food.
Caseificio Chirico, Velia
This well-run dairy offers a range of cow and buffalo cheeses. Sample the local favourites, including delicate ricotta, aged caciocavallo and the rare mozzarella nella mortella, a Slow Food ‘Presidium’ food.
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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