The Mediterranean Lifestyle - English


- Words by BRUNO SODANO and SOFIA GALLO @brunosodan­o_foodjourna­list / @in_cucinacon_sofia Scenery photos by @federicagi­uliano17 www.lamiacucin­

Cilento is one of Italy’s most beautiful and characteri­stic territorie­s, famous for its long, dreamy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Few people know, however, that all that can be seen behind the sea - majestic mountains and gentle hills - is the Cilento hinterland, which is absolutely worth a visit. In the Cilento region, life is made up of simple things: good food, vegetable gardens to cultivate, cattle to graze on and endless nature areas that can put you at peace with the world, taking you away from the thousand headaches of life. For those with a passion for nature, we recommend a visit to the Via Silente: 600 km of rural paths to be discovered by bicycle. Wild is the word that best lends

itself to the true soul of this place and with this tale, we will try to introduce you to all the good and beautiful things to discover and eat.

Monte Pruno is known as ‘The Balcony of the Alburni’ a mountain range part of the Apennines, described as the Dolomites of Campania. It offers endless emotions thanks to the beauty that can be admired step after step. Characteri­stic of the path is also Roscigno Vecchia, the ghost town. Today, this open-air museum is considered the modern Pompeii, a village that has remained intact after being depopulate­d at the beginning of the century. Theatrical and mysterious is the characteri­stic fountain located in the center of the main square overlookin­g the ancient bell tower. Close by, you will find Mr Giuseppe Spagnuolo - the only inhabitant of the village - who will calmly tell you what it means to live today as 50 years ago. A journey through time told by the more than 500 objects housed in the Museum of Rural Civilisati­on in Roscigno. This village is well positioned to reach Sacco, the village of the River Sammaro Gorge through a special path, made of wild flowers and uncontamin­ated air that will lead you to the river gorge. One of the most beautiful sensations is to plunge your feet into the cold, colorful waters.

Getting away from the sea - here we are 45 minutes away from Paestum - does not mean getting away from water: Felitto, the Land of the Fusillo, is famous for the Calore

River, where you can enjoy numerous rafting activities, trekking among the evocative canyons, and guided tours in the midst of nature. After an intense day of things done and seen, the best way to relax is to be able to find true local excellence offering typical delicacies, combined with knowledge and profession­alism.

You are sure to find what you are looking for at Tenuta

Nonno Luigi in Bellosguar­do. True Cilento gastronomy is at home here and the chef patron Geppino Croce, preserver of the Cilento tradition handed down to him by his grandparen­ts, will know how to pamper you. Those who want to immerse themselves in leavened products combined with wild herbs, mushrooms and truffles - must travel to Caggiano to visit the Grotticell­e. Angelo Rumolo, forefront of a difficult territory, has managed to climb an excellent position in the guide of the world's best pizzerias, 50 Top Pizza. Curious to find out more about this incredible land? Read us next time to discover a little more about this UNESCO Heritage Site.

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