Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Once upon a Time there was the Sea

From Velia to Punta del Telegrafo

  • Trail Conditions: On foot
  • Interest: Flora, Archeology, Hystory
  • Departure: Velia (Ascea Marina)
  • Arrival: Punta del Telegrafo (Ascea Marina)
  • Duration: 1 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
  • Length: 2 km
  • Recommended Period: from March to September

When the last dinosaurs were disappearing, 65 million years ago, the first sediments that would have given origin to the rocks forming today the cliffs of Punta del Telegrafo began to deposit. For millions of years, the sediments continued to deposit and overlap, until the great tectonic forces drove them out of the water, pressing and bending them: Cilento was born like Venus from the sea. From the sea came also the Focei, who founded Elea, which soon became a cultural reference point for the whole western world. Attracted from the beauty of the place and the natural moorings, the Focei settled near a spring they dedicated to the nymph Yele, after which the ancient and famous town of Elea was named. The southern section with the rests of the port, the sacred well, the Roman baths, as well as the amphitheater, the paleochristian church, the Angevin tower and Porta Rosa trace back the many centuries of splendor experienced by this territory.

Punta del Telegrafo (Ascea)
Punta del Telegrafo (Ascea)
Porta Rosa di Velia
Porta Rosa di Velia
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