Ascea is a small village counting less than 6000 souls, located in the hearth of Cilento National Park, approximately 86 km (53 miles) south of Salerno. Its origin dates back to the thirteenth century, when the people of Velia moved away from their home-town to escape the unhealthy environment caused by the nearby swamps.

The Marina of Ascea, or Ascea Marina, is currently renowned as excellent seaside resort, with 6 km (4 miles) of sandy beaches, the mild climate of the Cilento, the nearby excavations of Velia, and a train station that makes it very easy to reach for travelers who prefer not to rent a car.

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Ascea

Ascea

Ascea, small village of mediaeval origins where gush particular sulphureous chalybeate springs, lies on top of a hill that offers a stunning view of the coast and of the ruins of the ancient city of Velia.

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