Pianoro di Ciolandrea and Pietrasanta's Shrine, San Giovanni a Piro
Let's discover two places of extraordinary beauty during your stay in this charming region of Cilento: Pianoro di Ciolandrea and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pietrasanta.
Pianoro di Ciolandrea in San Giovanni a Piro
The Pianoro di Ciolandrea, located a few hundred meters from the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pietrasanta and a few steps from the center of San Giovanni a Piro, is one of the most picturesque places in Cilento. Known as "La terrazza del Cilento" or "Belvedere delle quattro regioni", it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gulf of Policastro and the coast of the Parco Marino Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta, the Lucanian coast, where the Cristo di Maratea is clearly visible, the Calabrian coast, and on particularly clear days, even Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands.
The Pianoro di Ciolandrea has been transformed by the local government into a place of extraordinary beauty, attracting both nature lovers and tourists seeking a unique experience. The trail along the crest of the nearby Monte Paccuma is a great option for an outdoor walk and there are also equipped picnic areas within the area.
The Pianoro di Ciolandrea is a magical place that inspires the soul to act for the protection of the environment and our land, accompanying our spirit towards the infinite.
The panoramic view is unique and gives the opportunity to think beyond our mental boundaries, opening the mind to new suggestions and emotions. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this unique place and enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Italy.
Shrine of Madonna di Pietrasanta, San Giovanni a Piro
The Shrine of the Madonna di Pietrasanta is a place of prayer and faith located a few kilometers from San Giovanni a Piro, in the heart of the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park. The construction of the sanctuary dates back to 1600 and its architecture is an example of Cilento Baroque.
The legend tells that the statue of the Madonna, which is located inside the sanctuary, was discovered in 1600 by some shepherds who, while looking for a lost sheep, found the statue on a rock. Initially, the statue was taken to a wooden hut but later, due to its popularity, the current church was built.
The statue of the Madonna di Pietrasanta is considered a sacred relic and is venerated by thousands of faithful who visit it every year. The sanctuary is also famous for its caves, where there are chapels where the faithful can pray in peace and tranquility.
The Shrine of the Madonna di Pietrasanta is a place of great historical and religious importance for the local community and is a must-see for those who want to discover the spirituality and culture of Cilento. The church is open to the public every day and during the year different religious celebrations and holidays are held. In addition, from the sanctuary you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the coast of the Parco Marino Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit this special place and connect with the spiritual side of Cilento.