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Casal Velino, Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy

The small town, 160 km from Naples, situated on a hill surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation, is one of the best preserved historical boroughs in the Cilento - Vallo di Diano National Park.

The small town has a Marina district, bordering the archeological site of Velia, with a fine beach of golden sand and a tourist port. In the summer a waterfoil service connects Casal Velino to Salerno, Amalfi and Capri, and boat excursions are organized to the Palinuro grottos.

Info

Altitude: 170 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 4500 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 84040, 84050 -- Phone Area Code: 0974 -- Patron Saint: San Biagio (St. Blaise) celebrated on 3 February -- Frazioni & Località: Acquavella, Marina di Casal Velino, Bivio, Vallo Scalo, Verduzio -- How to get there: nearest airport is Naples Capodichino; railstation: Ascea (3 km); by road, motorway A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria exit Battipaglia or Eboli (50 km), then state road statale 18 direction Sapri, exit Vallo Scalo; by sea, tourist port at Marina di Casal Velino -- Official Website: http://www.comune.casal-velino.sa.it/ -- Map: see a Map of Casal Velino

History

The hilly borough of Casal Velino rose according to the tradition in medieval times; the inhabitants of the hamlets of San Matteo ad Duo Flumina, San Giorgio and San Zaccaria, connected to the Greek colony of Elea - Velia, moved to a higher position in the hinterland, both as a defence against pirate raids and to escape malaria, and founded a place called Casalicchio, recorded already in a document of 1063.

The small town developed a flourishing economy based on olives, the white fig, and raising of goats, sheep and cattle. Casalicchio became the communal seat in the 19th century with the name of Casal Velino (Velino derived from nearby Velia).

In the last decades most of the population have moved to the Marina, with the rise of a variety of lodging facilities for tourists.

What to see

Province of Salerno

Where to stay

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