Veloce | Cycling and Bike Rentals in Europe : Cycling Cilento National Park, Italy. A travel diary of a daily exploration to Acciaroli crossing Santa Maria di Castellabate and Paestum.

Cycling Cilento National Park, Italy. A travel diary of a daily exploration to Acciaroli crossing Santa Maria di Castellabate and Paestum.


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Welcome to Acciaroli

Cilento is located in the mountainous area of Campania region located in the province of Salerno, in the southern part of the region, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an important tourist area of southern Italy.

Today we would share with our readers some travel notes we created in occasion of cycling exploration of this region where our company provide high quality full carbon road bike rentals with delivery and collection at accommodations and customized excursions and tours. 

If you desire to receive further information, a bike rental quote and/or customized cycling tour quotations please email your requests to booking@velocerental.com


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Map of the National Park of Cilento by UNESCO

Our experience started in Naples where slept at the Oasi Loft in Vomero district, an apartment for rent managed by Ivan a  longtime friend of Jerry, the CEO and Veloce's Founder.

This accommodation is suggested for your stay in Naples to be in stately neighborhood for a good rate, close the Piazza Vanvitelli subway, Funicolare and Via Cilea motorway exit.


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Gold beaches and quality sea water in Acciaroli village

From Naples we moved by van on the highway to Salerno, then continued to Battipaglia the land of the famous original Buffalo Mozzarella cheese.

In Battipaglia we started our cycling exploration riding to south direction to Santa Maria di Castellabate village.

When you are on the road to Santa Maria di Castellabate is possible to stop at Paestum village, a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia where you can visit or just take a photo of the magnificent archaeological site


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The coastline to Acciaroli, some hairpin and good slopes for cycling addicted people

When reached the Santa Maria di Castellabate village we climbed to the panoramic square in Castellabate, the ancient village located in the top of the hill at about 300mts on sea level famous to being the set of the Benvenuti al Sud (Welcome to the South) an Italian blockbuster comedy film.

We enjoyed the landscape, took some photos, had a coffee break and walked a short tour on ancient alleys, then ready to continue the cycling tour to Acciaroli direction riding down to the 267 regional road to enjoy the stunning coastline on natural environment who is made up of the "maquis shrubland" typical of the Mediterranean region crossing Punta Licosa and Montecorice where we suggest to stop to take some photo of the impressive landscape, sea and vegetation colors


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Maquis shrubland on 267 regional roat to Acciaroli

Acciaroli is a major tourist destination, especially during summer, because it has grown famous nationally for of its water quality. After World War II, Ernest Hemingway chose Acciaroli as a place to stay during his trips to Italy.

Some suggestions when in Acciaroli: the downtown and the tourists port with the Saracen tower are a local attraction during the summer. Acciaroli village is well linked to Naples by train and hydrofoil too, this last on the way stop in Capri


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The Saracen tower at the touristic port of Acciaroli

If you are looking for a place in Acciatoli where to enjoy lunch or dinner we suggest Boccaccio restaurant, an advanced reservation is suggested.

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Paccheri allo scoglio pasta at the Boccaccio restaurant in Acciaroli

After a tasty fresh fish lunch, at the end of the day, we moved back by van to Naples where, after a well-deserved moment of rest, we was ready to enjoy our dinner at the Pizzeria Gorizia a a pizza restaurant few meters from the apartment where we stayed. 

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