CILENTO & VALLO DI DIANO GEOPARK (Italy)
The Cilento & Vallo di Diano Geopark is located in the province of Salerno, Campania and occupies the whole territory of the National Park of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano. The Park extends from the Tyrrhenian coast to the margin of the Lucania mountains.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
In the territory of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano Geopark, the high number of geosites, unique and scientifically valuable, as well as their geodiversity, confirm the consistency of the geological heritage of this area in southern Italy. We can find 130 million years (Ma) old mesozoic limestone and dolomite, mesozoic pelagic deposits and 16-6 Ma old miocene siliciclastic turbidite. These rocks represent a key in the evolution of the central Mediterranean.
Moreover, several endemic animals, such as the wolf and otter, have been protected since 1997 by the “Man and Biosphere” programme of UNESCO.
In addition, since 1998 the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia and the monumental assets of Chartreuse in Padula have been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. More recently, in 2010, UNESCO recognized the Mediterranean diet as intangible heritage of humanity. The countries that submitted a project for this award were Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco, and the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano represented Italy.
In this context, rich in other significant natural and cultural features, one can find attractive routes, where the geological heritage can be connected with the life of nature and human history.
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