E in questo silenzio uno assapora i suoi sogni ad occhi aperti.
And in this silence one tastes his dreams with open eyes.
— Rocco Scotellaro
The Vallo di Diano and the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni are gems in the “other Italy,” easily reachable from abroad via airports in Rome and Naples, and by railway via Salerno. For travelers heading south to Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata (home of Matera - 2019 European Capital of Culture), and Sicily, the Vallo is worthwhile a pause in their journey. Gems of this land include la Certosa di San Lorenzo (Padula), le Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta, il Battistero di San Giovanni in Fonte (Padula), and the Parco Nazionale del Cilento e del Vallo di Diano. A beautiful drive through the mountains will get you to the Greco-Roman sites of Paestum and to the splendid beach of Acciaroli, and to the south, Maratea and Scario, hidden pearls of the Basilicata coast, and much more.