The Amalfi Coast and Cilento are both in the region of Campania and situated on the coast south of Naples, with Cilento being the most southerly. Campania borders Lazio to the north-west, Molise to the north, Puglia to the north-east, Basilicata to the east, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. The region covers 13,595 square kilometres and has a population of 5.7 million.
The name derives from Latin and was called 'Campania felix' (fortunate countryside) by the Romans, a name that it shares with the French province of Champagne. The regional capital is Naples (Napoli).
The Amalfi coast belongs with Europe's loveliest landscapes. The coastal road winds along the slopes where breathtaking views constantly unfold.
Around 100 km south of Naples lies the National Park 'Cilento e Vallo di Diano', which has scarcely been discovered by tourism (the exception is the month of August, when many Italians invade this area). The lovely coastal and mountain landscapes are counted among the world heritage sites of UNESCO. Cilento is marked with solitary sandy beaches between bizarre rocks and facing turquoise and emerald-green water.
Only a few of the Italian regions consist of a complete mixture of agricultural, historical and cultural value, like the coastal region between Naples and Salerno. In comparison to the Amalfi side, this side is engraved with softer sloping terraces used for farming as well as numerous rural areas. Deep cut valleys with rivers scatter the landscape. The coast on the other hand is mostly engraved with steep rugged cliffs similar to those seen around Sorrento. On the whole, the Amalfi side of the peninsula is steeper. The hills run close to the coast and leave little room for rural and agricultural areas. For centuries the local farmers have slaved to build countless plantations in the deep sunken valleys that bury themselves between the coastal dominated rock walls. Even today, you will find that lemons grow and grapes mature here. The steep rugged coast is fascinating with its idyllic fishing villages and enchanting views.
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