La Terrazza degli Angeli
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House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A delicious little villa for lovers of tradition: a graceful small house that sprouts in the middle of an age-old olive grove of about 2500 square metres with a breathtaking view on the Gulf of Elea including 1 bedroom, TV-SAT,DVD-Player, lounge with cooking area, washing machine, shower, sleep sofa, heating and ventilation, microwave, Hi-fi set, mosquito nets, completely equipped terrace. A storable baby crip is available. The grounds are completely fenced off and include a parking space.
We are happy to welcome you to our "Terrace of Angels": a typical and picturesque, single country house, new renovated and with walls of granite stones. The grey stones and the stones with quartz stripes are both types that first merged from the waters millions of years ago as the Cilento region was formed. It is this sharp slate stone that characterizes the cliffs of Ascea. The interior design features a sober and comfortable style. The furnishings consist of natural materials that normally are used to furnish old country houses such as terra cotta tile floor, chestnut wood beams, balconies, windows and furniture, cookware in copper. This little shelter offers our guests a wonderful view on the endless sea, where your sight can wander for hours. The romantic little house is located in a place where the characteristic colours of the Mediterranean vegetation exalt one other and where silence and peace sometimes are softly interrupted by the rush of the sea. The romantic solitude and the beautiful colours affords our guests a feeling of freedom and relief from daily stress. Suddenly you feel set back in the past experiencing the same emotions as the simple and uncomplicated lifestyle of people that always populated this area. To live in such a place means to abandon yourself to nature receiving in exchange the greatest richness that humans of present times wish more than any other thing: absolute peace of mind.
Piano della Torre"- the name of the place where the house is located- is an upland plain that offers a wonderful view of the marine panorama of Ascea and part of the seaside of the Cilento region. From this natural terrace you can see the mythical Cape of Palinuro which extends West into the sea in the shape of a sleeping whale. You reach the sandy beach of Ascea Marina in only five minutes by car, while the town centre with shops and restaurants in Ascea Capoluogo is only a 10 minutes walk from the cottage. Here you can find all your daily necessities. Close by you find agriturismo la "Casa Vecchia" which offers a traditional cilentan cuisine of high quality. From the house one can walk along beautiful paths leading to the cliffs.
The name of the cottage, "Terrazza degli Angeli", sprang from the desire of Franco D'Angiolillo whose son and father, both dear to him, are called Angelo. In Franco's imagination, these two persons should be guardian angels of this beautiful house with a splendid view on the gulf of Elea. All this exalts the sensibility of Franco who is a cilentan story-teller and known as the "Singer of the sea". Through his musical compositions and his novels devoted to the sea, he transmits passion and love for this town. Often he lets himself inspire by the overwhelming atmosphere of this place, where the sight can fly in complete freedom over the sea and stop only there where the blue sky and the sea meet each other. This is the ideal dimension for any artist, and it is exactly on the "Terrace of Angels" that the singer of the sea composed some of his best songs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Ascea 3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Naples 160 km, Nearest railway: Ascea 3 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Standard||Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Campania region
The heart of the Cilento is at about 160 kilometres from Naples and extends from Paestum to Sapri, respectively the northern and the southern borders of the coastal area. The territory covers a surface of approximately 180.000 hectares. It is the second largest National Park of Italy and has been declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage. Behind the official acknowledgements lies a magic strip of land that offers a wonderful spectacle even to the most distracted traveller: the sea, mountains, beaches and woods, are all accessible in this area. The unique qualities of the territory and its magnificent offerings with its amazing panoramas seem to shake the numbness out of people living normally a chaotic daily life. Spending a holiday in the Cilento means discovering new spots of uncontaminated nature and experiencing a close contact with an ancient culture of great hospitality.
The coastal area is certainly a cause of great pride of our territory. The beauty of the depths of the sea, the long seashores of fine sand, the bright inlets and perfumes of the Mediterranean vegetation can be understood and enjoyed only by living in them. Also in full summer it is possible to open the beach umbrella and to enjoy the seashore without being overwhelmed by crowds of tourists or by bathing establishments which fortunately are quite scarce in the area. The incomparable blue of the sea demonstrates the excellent quality of the waters which for years have been awarded both the Sails of Legambiente and the Blue Flag of European beaches.
The Mountains of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano reach up to 2000 metres height. An example is the Alburni Mountain Range. In Cilento still exist hundreds of footpaths, alleys, mule tracks, stairs and little mountain streets, which not long ago were the only communication roads in this area, that were used by farmers, shepherds and pilgrims. The strong relationship between mountain and sea is deeply inherent in the culture, in the traditions, and in the economy of this area, where very different environments are located at short distances from each other. You are offered the opportunity to travel all over this area thanks to a network of paths and excursion itineraries which are in constant evolution, leading you through a world full of suspense.
Cilento is full not only of wild and breathtaking landscapes, but also of history, art and culture. The magnificent history and amazing varied landscape of the Cilento are exalted by the evocative vestiges of the ancient cities. It was here that brave Greek sailors landed and built prosperous cities such as Poseidonia, then baptized Paestum, and Elea, now called Velia. Visitors who happen upon Poseidonia-Paestum remain speechless by the sight of the temples, the painted tombs and the shrines scattered around the area. The Phoceans landed on Cilento's shores and founded the Greek city of Elea. Italy's first school of philosophy developed exactly here to Parmenide's and Zeno's time.
Elea-Velia was also base of a famous medical school and acquired fame thanks to the healthiness of the thermal springs, the prosperity of trade as well as the efficient laws, but above all, for the philosophical speculation. In this way Cilento marked the advent of civilisation and the beginning of the Mediterranean's multicultural dimension.
On the limestone ramparts of the Alburni Mountain Range, traces of old pagan cults can be found; prehistoric man left a monolith at "Costa Palomba" and many of his utensils can be found while exploring the caves and caverns. The magical "Costa delle Sirene" boasts sandy beaches, spectacular natural archways, inlets and bays. Watch-towers that were built to protect against pirate invasion, are still holding out against the elements and the centuries.
Visiting the inland you will see pretty, little mountain villages with its centres intersected by covered passageways and narrow alleys; ancient squares with rustic inns; manors with turrets and castles often restored and given new life; old churches still showing inside their artistic paintings, frescos and decorations. Some villages like Roscigno Vecchia and San Severino di Centola, have been abandoned lending an eerie atmosphere to these "ghost towns". Some other medieval villages like Cuccaro Vetere and Pisciotta look just like a living museum. Others offer an amazing view on sea and valleys.
We could go on and on, but even a thousand images aren't enough to tell Cilento's story.
Just go and discover it by your own
Cilento Arcadia wishes you a good journey!.
In the fifties Ascea was only a little Fishermen's village with a huge expanse of sand. Today it has become a famous sea resort. Ascea is located in the heart of the National Park of Cilento and represents a strategic point of reference for anybody who wants to visit Cilento's most important places of cultural and environmental interest, besides the most enchanting towns in the world, such as Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and the Amalfi Coast.
The district is characterized by its varied panorama that includes the amazing, long and sandy beach and the crystal blue sea, which have been awarded both the prestigious European Blue Flag and the Sails granted by Legambiente, the characteristic reef that guards the clean sea beds of the two bays called "Baia d'Argento" and "Baia della Rondinella". On the top of the reef rises the majestic ruin of the Telegraph Tower. Furthermore the landscape includes the romantic hills of Ascea Capoluogo, which are crowded with age-old olive trees and from which you can enjoy a magnificent view stretching from the Golf of Elea-Velia up to Cape Palinuro. Among the luxuriant woods and mountains of Ascea, Monte Carmelo (713m) is the highest peak which dominates the little villages of Terradura, Catona, and Mandia.
Visiting the ruins is a must: there is the Acropolis with the mediaeval Anjou tower, the sacred terraces, the baths, the Southern District with the ruins of the Greek harbour, the Necropolis and the splendid Porta Rosa, which is illuminated by night. This town gate is the best kept western model of the Greek arch and also the most important demonstration of the advanced civilisation of the Magna Graecia.
Besides the manifold beauty of its landscape, Ascea features the imposing and evocative archaeological area of Elea-Velia. Today this archaeological area has been declared a World Human Heritage by UNESCO and represents the fulcrum and the focal point of attraction of a vast territory as was conceived by the ancient Greeks. Elea was founded by the Phoceans about 540 B.C. and became famous thanks to the philosophical school of Parmenides. This latter was described by Plato as "venerable and terrible" and Karl Popper considers him the forerunner of western civilisation.
Its central location, the quality of the rental houses and apartments, and the range of tourist services make Ascea a well-known sea resort on the Cilento Coast. Its shallow sea and the incomparable blueness prove the high quality of the water, and provide a perfect environment for families with children. The seven kilometre-long beach and the bathing establishments always allow you to find a spot for opening your beach umbrella, even in the middle of the summer. You will have the opportunity to practice a wide range of sports such as: fishing, diving (in the backside of the reef with its clear sea beds), surfing, windsurfing, sailing, riding, tennis, trekking, jogging, biking, football, etc.
Located nearby the railway station you can find the Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia, a congress centre which produces the main cultural events of this area and other important spectacles, shows, concerts and expositions held in Ascea all throughout the summer. The beautiful amphitheatre, just nearby, opens during July and August for the usual open-air cinema projections. During the evenings you can enter the splendid seaside and enjoy a pleasant walk along the promenade, which at around sunset is populated by many "Asceotans" and tourists.
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