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The Bed&Breakfast Enotria lies within the green olive trees of the hills of Velia, only 200 meters from Torre di Velia. Ascea is a perfect synthesis of history, culture, sunshine and sandy beaches.

The characteristics that give Ascea a suggestiveness that enchants the visitor and makes them aware of being in an enchanted place.

Set in the protected territory of the “National Park of Cilento and Vallo del Diano”, the area of Ascea-Velia has been integrated in the Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO and included in the MAB network programme enhanced for preservation through a long term balance, of the biological diversity, the economical development promotion and the protection of the annexed cultural values.

The extraordinary beauty of the coastline is characterized by a crystalline sea, the shallow water, awarded the Blue Flag beaches of Europe's by Legambiente and TCI, (Touring Club of Italy). The coast, consisting of a beautiful sandy beach that ends in a small cove bordered by a cliff at whose apex stands the ruined tower of the Telegraph, is enriched with increasingly rare Giglio di Mare.

Near the sea lies the charming "Arab neighborhood, the oldest fishing, with external stairs to access upper floors built in one piece within the side walls. It is possible to visit the palaces, Torrusio Palace, and in particular Ferolla Alario Palace, an ancient colonial mansion now restored as a center of higher education and home to interesting cultural events.

In Marina di Ascea is the ancient Greek city of Velia “Elea”, home of the philosophical school of Parmenides and Zeno. Strolling through the impressive ruins of the archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage Site and included in the Great Cultural Attractions in Campania), we found the remains of the breakwater, a pier built 50 meters from the beach line, the walls more archaic of the sixth century BC, the Porta Marina South which was within the walls adjacent to the boundary of the city towards the sea.


Later the Agora, the monumental area consists of a rectangular square bounded on three sides by walls with the front porches and columns. Leaving the Agora meets on the right thermal plant built in the third century B.C. As we go up we can admire the grandeur of the Archaic and Porta Rosa, a prestigious monument of the Civil “Magna Graecia”, which includes the single arch of greek classical age here visible in perfect condition.

Retreating a few feet, you begin the ascent to the Acropolis, now topped by the medieval tower of the powerful Sanseverino’s Family.

Just before you’ll reach the top, one can see the ruins of the oldest inhabited city (540-535 B.C.). When you step on the Acropolis you will immediately notice the remains of the small theater dating from the fourth century B.C. Following the walls of the Acropolis, is within the area sacred to Poseidon and the so-called sanctuary of Zeus. Further on is the Castelluccio the center of the defense system of Velia.

Leaving the marine area and going up along the valley of Ascea Fiumarella, you reach the capital of the Commune, an agricultural center surrounded by a medieval centuries-old olive trees, with broad views of the Cilento Coast.

In the center of the village stand the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari, the chapel of St. Sofia, the Chapel of St. Anthony (where is a valuable fresco painting dedicated to the saint), the eighteenth-century Palazzo Ricci, already home to Theodosius De Dominicis (one of the martyrs of the first revolutionary war of Italy against the Borbone Family, “Moti Cilento” of 1828), Palace "Barbarella" , alleys and squares of the "Chianu", "Arretu the Walls", "Malicavaddu", "'A Sciuscella", "' A Villa", narrow streets and paving of them re Vìcu Pimmaròli" with portals carved stone and rich decorations.

Continuing the trek you will discover the medieval villages of Terradura, where you can visit the chapel dedicated to Saint Sophia and the church of San Michele Arcangelo, where lies a beautiful wooden statue of Our Lady of Sorrows and a beautiful tiled bell tower; Catona, where are located the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Church of St. Nicholas, which contains beautiful statues, paintings and liturgical furnishings of the eighteenth century.

To fully enjoy such a wonder there is a necessary ingredient, which Ascea (literally "without clouds") almost never miss: the sun. The climate is ideal for summer holidays: the highs are softened from the mitigating effect of the sea, and rarely exceed 30°C (86F). The waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea are maintained above 20°C, (68F), from June to late October, with peaks of 25-27°C (77-81F) between July and September. Rain is rare in the warmer months.