San Mauro Cilento
San Mauro Cilento (560 meters above the sea level) is an ancient village in the heart of the Cilento National Park, with a population of approximately 1.000 souls. Like the other villages of Cilento, it is a piece of untouched Italy where mild climate and the tranquility of an ancient mountain village meet the life of a popular seaside resort.
It lies in a panoramic position on the hills above the lovely sandy beaches of Acciaroli at the foot of Monte Stella (1.131 meters). The village offers very panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, covered by olive groves, and of the sandy beaches of Acciaroli, which lie a 10-minute drive down the hill.
San Mauro Cilento is divided in two ancient hamlets, Casalsottano and Casalsoprano, the "lower" and the "higher village". The long history dates back to XI century. Inside Palazzo Mazzarella is a very old wooden olive press dating back to XVIII century.
In the characteristic "piazza" and in the main "bar" (a cafe, really) you will meet the friendly locals, who enjoy their slow lives and will appreciate any attempt at communicating with them.
The produce of the village include tasteful olive oil, strong wines, dried figs, sausages and mountain cheese.
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