If you’re longing for a break away from the crowds and tourist traps, head south of Salerno where the Cilento and Diano Valley National Park rises up from the spectacular Gulf of Salerno into lonely mountain ranges.
The Cilento National Park
From beautiful quaint fishing towns to forgotten rustic mountain villages, there’s plenty to see. And even to do, if you’re looking for simple entertainment, geniune hospitality, and great food – usually garden fresh!
The Song: Mediterranean
The song in this video, by Mango, is called Mediterraneo and describes the Italian Mediterranean. What there is to see, to eat, and discover. Presenting it as a place to see, to eat, and discover. A place to watch, to pray, and ponder eternity. A place to suffer and to die. But mostly a place to relax, to savor, and to dream.
From the blue sea with its islands, fresh oranges, and the slow, winding roads. To the bright sun, pine trees, and churches. A place to sit and relax, letting the sun soak into you, as you breathe the fresh air, inhale the sweet scents, and imagine you’re floating on a cloud into eternity.
Listen to the song, let it soothe your soul, and imagine you’re floating on one of those clouds!
The Mediterranean (English translation)
White and blue you are With islands here and there The rocks and the sea And seagulls flapping A Mediterranean to see. Bright oranges growing A Mediterranean to eat. The mountains there With roads winding slowly down Among the pines and the sun The Mediterranean A land to discover. With its many churches A Mediterranean to pray. Sit here And look down Among the olive trees At the water so dark blue. And up there A hawk flying over Seems to be watching us. Standing so still And big as ever Look there At the clouds. At that one Already flying Into eternity. That long trail Of people in silence on the street Praying quietly Under the sun A Mediterranean to suffer Under the sun A Mediterranean to die. Sit here And let yourself relax Let the sunshine fill you And breathe in All the air you can. And the scents that You can even feel Scattered all around us. Look there At that cloud that goes Already flying Off into eternity.
Mediterranean – a land to discover and experience!
Images are my own.