Stage 2 : Pollica / Vatolla
From Pollica you will reach the sea very soon. The road is downhill, full of turns for 8 km, and passes through typical Olive plants. Once you are on RS267 you will have in the village of Pioppi behind you. If you want, it only takes 2 minutes to reach it so that you can stop and drink a coffee on the square before beginning your journey again towards Acciaroli. Acciaroli is originally an angler’s village. Very recently, it has turned into a well-known touristic focal point. From here, without leaving the costal line for a second, you will reach Agnone and Ogliastro Marina. You are very close to Punta Licosa and its little island that carries the same name. Punta Licosa Island is home for the Podarcis Sicula Klemmeri lizard. Between Ogliastro Marina and the following village Pozzillo, in a piece of 8 km, you will cycle in the middle of a Pinus halepensis reserve. That is among the oldest and better preserved of the entire area of the Cilento National Park.
Immediately after the village of San Marco, you leave the costal line once again to begin the exploration of Cilento’s heart. Here, you will face the first significant slope of The Silent Way. This slope, will allow you to reach the village of Castellabate. Visiting Castellabate is truly worth, especially its ancient castle whose building begun on October 10th, 1123.
After Castellabate, you will climb to Perdifumo, then Mercato Cilento and finally Vatolla.
Make sure you visit Palazzo De Vargas. The place hosts the museum dedicated to Gianbattista Vico (an Italian political philosopher, rhetorician, historian, and jurist).
Still today it is possible to sit in the shadow of the Vico’s olive tree, in the square of the Convento della Pieta’. It is exactly in this place, in the absolute surrounding peace, that Vico set in place his theory of the Science of History.