Vibonati: enjoy picture-postcard shorelines, which embellish one of Italy’s most stunning national parks.
Vibonati is a hill town and comune in the geographical region of Cilento, which is located in the southern part of the Province of Salerno, Campania. It is nestled within an area of the utmost natural beauty: the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano. This stunning natural park measures a huge 1800 kilometres squared and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
Vibonati’s claim to stunning natural beauty is further enhanced by its beaches, which are among the most beautiful on the Cilentan Coast. A particular magnet for beach holidaymakers is the pretty outlying village of Villammare, Vibonati’s only hamlet. It enjoys long shorelines with crystal blue water and lined by lush green hills. This fishing village welcomes thousands of tourists each year and has seen the construction of numerous summer residencies for the Rich of Italy. Many are also attracted to Vibonati each year for the possibilities of underwater tourism that it proposes.
Vibonati also enjoys much artistic beauty. Visit the iconic Torre Petrosa: a square structured tower, dating back to the 16th Century. For a contemplative break there are also the beautiful Church of Sant’Antonio Abate and the Church of Santa Maria Santissima di Portosalvo.
As of 2002 , Vibonati has also been the host of the Villammare Film Festival, which takes place in the first week of September. Initially born as just a competition for short feature films, the festival has developed, now also including the screening of full feature films. The festival aims at celebrating new young talent in the film industry, and niche works that would perhaps otherwise go unnoticed.
This area of Cilento also offers many gastronomical delights. Products typical of the area are the Cilento D.O.P extra virgin olive oil and Caciocavallo Silano D.O.P. cheese. In one of the traditional ristoranti, you will also be able to have a taste of local coastal cuisine, based on the seafood caught off the Cilentan Coast.
Offering both coastal and and verdant natural beauty, Vibonati offers a stunning backdrop for a relaxing stay in the south of Italy.