The sea is really close, from the patio of the farmhouse there is a view of the beautiful Gulf of Salerno, which has, to the right, the Amalfi Coast, with world class resorts such as Ravello and Positano, and then the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean, Capri.
To the left is the Cilento coast, less known, but rich in a more savage beauty that starts from the town of Agropoli and culminates in the legendary peninsula of Palinuro. Velia and Palinuro recall that the Casale Giancesare is also at the center of an area loaded with myths, art, history.
Just in front, looking towards the sea, before arriving at the long stretch of golden sand of the Gulf of Salerno, one can see the walls of the ancient Greek city of Poseidonia, Paestum by the Romans renamed. Inside the walls there are interesting excavations on which dominate 2,500 years, three Doric temples, Punta licosa one of them – that said Neptune – is probably the best preserved greek temple in the world. In the Piana del Sele, in 71 BC, the Roman proconsul Marcus Licinius Crassus defeated and killed the rebel gladiator Spartacus. And in the castle of Capaccio, which is located behind the farmhouse and of which vestiges remain important, in 1246 was suppressed a conspiracy against Frederick II of Swabia.
The last great historical fact dates back to the Second World War. At dawn on 9 September 1943, the Anglo-American troops landed on the beaches just across from the historic city of Paestum, then head towards Salerno, Naples and Rome. On a nearby hill, a place of worship since prehistoric times, where the Greeks built a temple in the sixth century BC, stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Granato, whose oldest parts date back to the eleventh century.
The cult comes from far away, from the ancient Greek goddess Hera, in fact, was holding a pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. Here in marble urn, the body was placed in 954 of the evangelist and apostle St. Matthew before being moved in the cathedral of Salerno.
But the entire territory constitutes a priceless environmental and artistic heritage. Anyone who wants to push inward, in most secret heart of Cilento, Castellabate encounter small villages hidden behind a bush that seems to want to preserve and defend. And you imbatterebbe, for example, in the superb fortress Sicignano Alburnums or in the splendid and magnificent Certosa di Padula; or the remains of Elea (Velia to the Romans) of the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno.