Borgo Le Caselle
Borgo Le Caselle is situated at the Southern edge of Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, amidst green hillsides supporting traditional agriculture and livestock farming. From the Borgo you have magnificient views of the Gulf (Golfo di Policastro) and the Thyrranian Sea. At an altitude of 670 mtrs, the two carefully restored houses built of natural stone are part of the comunal area of Tortorella, bordering on the Basilicata.
Borgo Le Caselle consists of two houses, offering holiday accommodation in two separate units: The “Lower House” or “Casa Sottana” accommodating 4-6 people on 110 sq.mtrs and the “Upper House” or “Casa Soprana” for up to 6 people on 120 sq.mtrs .
The houses sit on terraced hillside land, with lawn, vegetable garden and holm oak woodland. Each holiday home has its own entrance and terraces affording panoramic views across an undulating landscape all the way to the Gulf and the sea in the distance. Each holiday unit has central heating supplied by a wood burning oven or fire. In summer, hot water is provided by solar energy and gas.
There is an annex to each building, complete with washing machine, dryer, iron board and iron free of charge. Logs for fireplace or barbecue are also at your disposal.We provide you with free bedding and towels.
There is a kind of treehouse on stilts in the adjoining wood where you will enjoy some of your leisure time between excursions.
The pretty village of Tortorella (with groceries, butcher, bar and post-office) lies 6 km from the Borgo, with the distance to the coast and the small coastal town of Sapri (IC railway station) of about 15 km, or 25 minutes by car. You reach Naples airport within a 2,5 to 3 hours drive (200 km).
From the terraces of the Borgo in extremely good weather you may be able to catch a glimpse of Stromboli vulcano. Lovely sunsets and starr-studded nights can be observed particularly in spring and autumn.
In mid-summer both the altitude of the Borgo and the oak forests provide a pleasant relief from a hot day on the beach or along the coast..
Our neighbours keep a small livestock farm with a vegetable garden. Some of the local farmers make their own varieties of cheese and provide fresh lamb. Some earn their livelihood as shepherds as they did a hundred years ago.
Locality and surroundings
Tortorella (582 mtrs above sea level) sits on a plateau falling away to the coast, on slopes of olive groves and woodlands. To the west, the plateau is bordered by the deep ravine of the Bussentino stream.From various view points there are spectacular views towards the Calabrian mountains and, in Campania, towards Monte Coccuzzo, Monte Cervati (1899 m), Monte Gelbison (1705 m) and Monte Bulgheria (1225 m) dominating the gulf area. Tortorella has been able to preserve its original traditional aura. Stone-built houses with decorative portals seem to grow from the rocky mountain side, with narrow streets allowing you glimpses into shaded vegetable and flower gardens.
The inhabitants, some three hundred, go about their daily routine, meeting in the forenoon at Giuseppe´s bar for a game of cards or collecting their pensions at the post office, and on Wednesdays chatting with friends in the market place or in front of the church on a Sunday. The comunity area is stretching from about 1400 m down to the sea, with a vegetation providing pasture land at all seasons. From Tortorella to the coast there is a fine roadlink recently built and not yet to be found on the maps (Tortorella-Mare). The journey takes about 15 minutes.
In midsummer, the small coastal town of Villamare on the Golfo di Policastro is the centre of typical Italian beach life. There you will find a wide sandy beach, deck chair rental, small restaurants and bars. Along the steep cliffs near Acquafredda to the South and Scario to the North there are numerous small coves with crystal clear water to be discovered only on foot or by boat.
The more adventurous hikers will certainly appreciate the unspoilt beauty of nature on their walks through woodlands to grottoes and streams , with fern and orchids (in May and June), and perhaps find interest in the remains of local agriculture dating from the last century.
We keep a number of maps , leaflets and brochures for you to consult. Also, we have several marked trails in the vicinity of the Borgo.
To those interested in local history or archeology we would like to recommend visiting the following places of interest:
-the Certosa di Padula, the most imposing Carthusian monastery in Southern Italy
-the early Christian baptistry San Giovanni in Fonte
-Teggiano, an old bishopric with its churches and museum
-Roccagloriosa, founded by the Lucanians, a couple of centuries before the arrival of the Romans
in the Cilento. The town boasts a small excavation site and two small museums with bronze
vessels and gold armaments
-Paestum (at about 100 kilometers) with the most imposing remains of an early Greek colonial
civilization: three well preserved temples, town wall and an outstanding museum
-Velia, a town of architectural interest, with Greco-Roman remains and small museum
- Leaving Campania and crossing into Calabria, the Grotta del Romito is certainly worth a visit, displaying Stone-Age graves and a mural drawing.
If you prefer our company on your walks and comments on the locals and their history, you might wish to book one of our guided hiking tours.
We will tailor your tours to suit your tasks, for groups of not less than six persons. We also offer programmed tours on given dates for individual travellers.
If you have any special requirements or wishes please let us know, we would like to oblige you.