Cilento miniature

We are biased. This is evident. However, we invite you to discover this place because it contains within 4 km many of the things that make the Cilento unique: the crystal-clear sea, an unpolluted hinterland, traditions and history. And if you don’t find everything, Pisciotta can be a good base for your excursions in the Cilento and in Campania. We have learned to move on this bumpy and curvy territory. And looking at the glass half full: We are just like a reserve, jealously guarded by landslides.

Here is an anecdote: some years back, it’s evening and we leave for Montano Antilia..... pumpkin flowers and fusilli pasta were too much of a temptation. The temperature at Marina di Pisciotta was about 34 degrees Celsius and after arriving at Montano and getting out of the car, immediately we enjoy the freshness of the woods. After a few minutes everybody is looking for a scarf or jacket as to get used to 18 degrees Celsius of Montano.


On that mound there is a tuft of olive trees...olive trees, only olive trees! Pisciotta appears in three zones along a hillside: The highest is the ancient village with grave and brune houses and arcades, in the middle there are olive groves like crowds of sheep The third zone at sea level is made of new and light houses whose walls seem shaped by the air in peristyles. And now the olive trees have a halo of light around the leaves as the saints. (from the book Voyage in South Italy” by Giuseppe Ungaretti) Editor Alfredo Guida, Naples 1995

Usually when you ascend hills travelling on twists and turns, you hope at some point you start to go down....Going to Pisciotta this does not happen. The pretty medieval town is also located on a hill albeit hidden from those that surround and...protect it. Looking from the sea Pisciotta emerges among the olive trees and is guarded by other hills to right and left, and overlooks a small gulf.

When the weather is not the best it seems that the place maintains a microclimate of its own. One has the impression that the weather is ever more generous with Pisciotta. But a month of rain is a must, however, we know how important it is for the land and therefore, viva, even the rain!

If we were to award a prize to the most beautiful months undoubtedly would win May and October: Represent the possibility to enjoy as much as possible the sea, the countryside, the history of the place and the Cilento, in general.
Also the hospitality is maximum in these not crowed periods. In May the sun invites us to come out, everyone is waiting for news, many are ready to meet people waiting every year at this time to spend their holiday, for the first tan, to undress, even from the torpor of a winter “home and work”.

ere come the Germans, Americans and Swiss, and we watch them, surprised, dive in waters that we feel still banned.

Curiosity: Long ago, it was the first bath when the “beam of fire fell into the sea”, June 24, San Giovanni. This was the response adults gave to eager and exited children. It was a way to keep us concentrated on school or perhaps a way to delay that event that, inexorably, opened the season. Because the first bath also meant not to emerge from water until the end of October.

Perhaps it was simply legacy of the past, when after a deserved rest after a season of harvest and production of oil, the locals came down to the fishing village to organize for the fishing of anchovies.