A charming, elegant place with a long standing history, the Hotel Cerere is the perfect setting for an Italian beach holiday. Opened in 1967 in Paestum on the Cilento Coast of Italy, by the Acanfora family, this unique hotel is a perfect combination of modern and luxurious, yet still observing traditional marks of Italian hospitality.
Spacious and comfortable rooms and suites styled in calming tones, fitted with Italian furniture, are just a place to retire at night, after a day of soaking up the sun, or exploring the surrounding beaches and area. A reception desk, TV room, free internet area and a lounge bar provide plenty of space to find your own corner in this wonderful establishment. Sip on an Italian wine near the large fireplace in the Hall, if visiting in the winter, or stroll through the lush pine forest to discover the hotel’s private stretch of beach in the summer.
Whatever you’re seeking on your Italian holiday, the Hotel Cerere is sure to be able to provide it.
The small city of Paestum, or Poseidonia, as it was once known (and named after the Greek god of the sea), has built a long standing history since it was founded in 6th century BC. With Greek and Roman routes, it’s not hard to imagine how this rural settlement is riddled with cultured sites and UNESCO World Heritage buildings.
Start your exploration of Paestum, at the aptly eponymous Paestum’s Temples, which bear a UNESCO World Heritage site certificate, and are known to be some of the best preserved ancient Greek structures in southern Italy. If hours in the sunshine, roaming through impressing historic structures aren’t enough to fill your cultural quota, wander off to the east of these and visit the Museo di Paestum, which is home to a collection of weathered bas-relief friezes depicting ancient Greek scenes. The Paestum basilica (which is actually a temple dedicated to the goddess Hera), is Paestum’s oldest surviving monument, and a magnificent sight to behold – make sure you stop to admire the sheer scale of the columns which hold up this majestic temple.
If sightseeing isn’t for you, then take a short ride out of town and make the trip to Tenuta Vannulo, which is the sole organic producer of buffalo milk, thus making exquisite tasting mozzarella. The farm prides itself on producing mozzarella exclusively from buffalo milk which isn’t mixed in with cow’s milk, as many other similar farms do, so aim to try the mozzarella di bufala before it runs out in the early afternoon, as it’s in such high demand.
Paestum is also a short distance from the cities of Salerno and Sorrento, and for those in search of more history, Pompeii.
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