Rosa, a friend of mine, is very passionate about her homeland and she is happy to share her memories and the beauties of her hometown with us. Here is what she wants to say about her beloved Marina di Camerota (4.5 hours south of Rome, in the Campania region).
“…Once ther was and still there is… I would like to begin this way my journey and story through the smells, sounds and tastes of my homeland. I would like to tell you about an enchanted village that I love calling “The wonderful land of Camerota” that is Marina di camerota for everyone else. Marina is a small and pretty fishermen village nestled in the cilentana coast, south of Salerno, in Campania region. Immersed in the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park and UNESCO World Heritage, Marina di Camerota is a village of 3.500 inhabitants, modest and happy people with the sun in their heart. The name of the village comes from Kamaraton, a lady beautiful as a goddess but with her heart hard like a rock. The legend tells that Palinuro, Enea’s charioteer, fell in love with her and started searching for her image at the bottom of the sea, following his sad destiny… Kamaraton is transformed into rock for this not reciprocated love. On that rock today roses Marina di Camerota. The sightseeings are various, among the most famous:
– Paleolithic caves
– Eco virtual Paleolithic museum
– Saracen towers: look-out systems that go back to the medieval era
Noteworthy is the fact that Marina di Camerota is a well-known seaside village, framed in the Mediterranean scrub, and famous for the quality of its crystal-clear waters and for the fun and interesting activities that take place here. Among these activities there is the Lamparata: a night trip on a boat with local fishermen where you can fish with them the renowned Mediterranean green fish. They teach you fishing techniques and then they take you to one of the numerous tiny coves that can only be accessed by boat; and there under the moonlight you can cook and enjoy the fish. Marina di camerota has been honored with the European blue flag and for two consecutive years two of its beaches won the title of “most beautiful beaches in Italy”: Cala Bianca (year 2013) and Baia Infreschi (year 2014). But the nicest and most suggestive thing to do is to walk around the ancient fishermen village, its lanes, and get lost in the noises and smells that make it unique.
In the lively main square every Sunday in July and August the Mess is celebrated in the open air in the church yard. In Marina di Camerota you can have a taste of the dishes typical of the Mediterranean diet like the strangolapreti pasta (homemade pasta) with prawns, the ciaurella (typical broad beans soup) and the Fresella (crispy bread with tuna, olive oil and local vegetables). Typical products of the area are: the Maracucciata (cream obtained by the maracuccio, a legume that grows here), and freshly squeezed juices with that original taste (as the Cilento’s fig juice).”
Below: a church in Marina di Camerota, and a wine shop in Marina di Camerota. Photos kindly provided by Pietro Cusati, Rosa’s boyfriend
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