Palinuro - The Pearl of Cilento
Palinuro, perched on an imposing bastion of rock overlooking the sea, is a gem set in the stunning coastal landscape of Cilento.
The beauty of Palinuro is in every corner, every grotto, every cliff, in the water reflections on the rock, in the thousands of shapes sculpted over time by the sea and atmospheric agents: The Blue Cave and the Cave of the Monks are a superb demonstration of the generosity that Mother Nature has showed gifting us a landscape that has remained almost unchanged and primitive.
According to the myth - as it was passed down by Virgil in the Aeneid- Palinuro, Aeneas' helmsman, was at the helm when, at nightfall, the god Sleep came down from Olympus in the form of Forbante. As the sea was calm, the god tried to persuade him to rest as the ship would have kept its course even without a guide. Palinuro refused his proposal considering it senseless and so the god touched Palinuro's temples with a branch dipped in the waters of the Lete and he fell into a deep sleep. For three nights he was carried away by the waves, until dawn on the fourth day when a gigantic wave washed him ashore near the Greek city of Elea (Velia for the Latins). But as soon as he touched land, hostile people killed him.See all the excursions