Stage 15 : Monte Gelbison-Castelnuovo Cilento
Your adventure on the Silent Way is about to end. Still sixty kilometers to go before leaving Cilento and its people. The last stage is also known as the artists stage: from music to visual arts, nothing will be left out to greet your passage on the Cilento National Park.
The descent from Mount Gelbison, early morning, is not an easy endeavour: even in August at this altitude, the temperatures are rather low and you should protect yourself well, with gloves and jacket.
From Novi Velia you will move in the direction of Cannalonga. Those villages are known for the Festival Of The Ancient Sounds in Novi Velia and the Frecagnola Fair in Cannalonga. The Festival Of The Ancient Sounds is an event which rallies the players of bagpipes, guitars, accordions and flutes, from the south of Italy. The Frecagnola Fair is characterized by preparation in traditional huts of the boiled goat, an old local dish.
Between August and September the Cilento is all festive. Moio della Civitella, a few kilometers from Cannalonga, is home of the event Mojoca. Every year, in early August, the town is transformed into a huge stage by calling through its narrow streets and small town squares, street artists from all over Italy.
Almost joined Mojo is the village Pellare, which houses the Museum of Rural Life of Cilento and the laboratory of the great artist sculptor Emanuele Stifano. Go to visit him, he will be happy to show you and talk about his work. From Pellare the route continues towards Gioi Cilento where another great artist, the painter Mario Romano, will be awaiting you in his house and museum, if you are lucky, he will take you on a visit to the ancient churches of the village. After Gioi, you reach Piano Vetrale, well known for its many murals and for being the birthplace of the greatest artist of the Cilento, Paolo De Matteis, esteemed painter, active mainly in Naples during baroque époque riding the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. You leave the village through a nice downhill road to the valley below to Omignano Scalo. Crossing the village you will get to Vallo Scalo first and, at the last intersection, turning left to Castelnuovo Cilento. The crenellated tower that is seen among the foliage of the forest is ready to give you the welcome back and end your extraordinary journey along the Silent Way.