Campania is one of the four Italian regions that share the privilege of hosting seven sites declared as part of Unesco World Heritage
As you can see in the map on the right, our region is one of the 4 regions with the highest number of sites recognized by UNESCO. Campania, with it’s six million inhabitants, is one of the most populated regions of Italy, is also the region with the largest number of sites recognized by UNESCO, such as the archaeological site of Pompei and Herculaneum, Amalfi Coast and the Royal Palace of Caserta. The Campania region however, is not only art and culture, but also nature, wine and food. The buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, the apple “annurca” of Avellino and the artichoke of Paestum are just a few example of typical product that you have to taste if you come to La Morella!
The Latins called Campania felix town to enhance the fertility of its lands and the extremly favourable climate; for this reasons the Campania was inhabited by ancient peoples since the second millennium BC, since the Osci. Today, over 25% of its territory is marked as “protected areas” as the Vesuvio National Park, the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano and the Regional Park of Picentini mountains.
Campania is also sun, sea and famous worldwide islands, like Capri, Ischia and Procida.
What you can visit if you book an accommodation in our farmhouse
Spending your holidays in our Agriturismo you will discover how favourable our position is to visit Campania. Being based in a quite, relaxing and family-friendly farm stay, far away from the crowded and chaotic Naples surroundings, you will be at only 2.5 Km distance from the principal motorway A3 crossing Campania and to the national street 18 (SS18) that serves the whole coastline of the Cilento National park. La Morella is also close to a minor (Montecorvino Rovella, 600m) and to a major (Battipaglia, 4 km) train station, and about 7km far from the sea. Most of the major attractions of Campania will then be reachable by a less-than-one-hour travel, by car or by train.
The farmhouse Agriturismo La Morella offers accommodations in rooms and apartments, largely meeting the comfort standards of a three-star hotel plus the benefits of a real farmhouse in the countryside: gardens and meadows, vineyards, a wide swimming pool, a restaurant with typical products and a vast organic farm, producing organic wine and crops. Our agriturismo is literally surrounded by the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, a wide untouched natural area hosting famous archaeological sites as Paestum and Velia, placed in direction South and East, the celebrated Amalfi and Sorrento coasts, on the West side, the Vesuvius area, with the archaeological areas of Pompei and Ercolano, in direction North-West, the city of Salerno, whose center is distant only 20 km.
Mountains, islands, plains and hills, our region is able to satisfy all tastes in nature and landscapes. Paestum and Salerno, 20 km far from La Morella, are at the center of a large flat area called Piana del Sele, very important area for agriculture, especially for the production of tomatoes, salads, strawberries, fruit. In front of Naples are the islands of Campania: Nisida, Capri, Ischia, Procida and Vivara, all very important from the point of view of natural and tourism. Te region is crossed by the central Appennines wich includes massive as the Monti Alburni, Monte Cervati and Monti Trebulani, while in the coastal area are as massive volcanic like Campi Flegrei, Roccamonfina and Somma-Vesuvius.
Naples is the major city and a city-symbol of Campania: a city stretched out on the sea, an “open sky” museum. The historic center has been declared World Heritage Site UNESCO for its monuments, villas and historic palaces.The symbols of the city like the Royal palace, Plebiscito square and the Angevin castle are appreciated and known worldwide. But is the same “Neapolitan”, for better or for worse, to be the center of attention. Naples is also a very important cultural place, is a university town with her four state universities and its two private universities. Also the nature is protagonist in the city with historic gardens and parks open to the public as the Virginian Park in Posillipo and the Villa Comunale. From the Virginian Park you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding area than of Ischia, Procida, Capri, Nisida and Vesuvius, up to Sorrento. Naples is one hour far from la Morella.
Salerno is the second city by dimension and is located at the geographical center of a triangle nicknamed Tourist Triangle of the 3P (namely a triangle with the corners in Pompei, Paestum and Positano). This peculiarity gives Salerno special tourist characteristics that are increased by the many local points of tourist interest like the Trieste Seafront Promenade, the Arechis’ Castle, the Duomo (cathedral) and the Educational Museum of the Salernitan Medical School. Salerno harbor is well connected with Amalfi, Positano, Capri and others small villages of the amalfi coast. An efficient ferry service is available all days, with connections every half hour / hour. You can reach Salerno harbor from la Morella in 20 minutes.
Traditions and events:
In our region are particularly felt the religious festivals. San Gennaro is the most important and know festival, that mobilizes all citizens of Naples and nearby cities. Other famous festivals are organized in Gesualdo, Morcone and Santa Anastasia. Parades, masked balls and floats are organized in all five provinces of Campania. For example, in Palma Campania is celebrated the Palmanse Carnival, a festival that include parade of quadrilles, masked street band with roots in carnivals Neapolitan sixteenth century.
Amalfi coast also is studded of celebrations, for example Santa Trofimena festival, “the Saint who came from the sea”. It is perhaps strange to celebrate a Patron Saint every year. The people of Minori, a small village along the Amalfi coast, are even more unique however in that they celebrate their Saint three times a year the thirteenth of July, the fifth and twenty-seventh of November!
Water festivals are not a novelty but a river that gets diverted in order to flood the town’s streets is. Every summer, in the mountain village of Campagna, just 15 min. far from La Morella, this is what happens.
The event is called ‘A Chiena, which is the dialect version of the Italian La Piena and runs from July to August every year. It seems to be and old folkloristic tradition born out of the necessity to clear the streets, especially in summer when the rain is a mirage. Nowadays it is an excellent respite from the heat and a divine treat for the hair (mine has never been softer after it was “washed” by the mountain waters)
At table, food and wine:
Italy gastronomy is known worldwide, but in Campania we have many varieties of traditional dishes that you have to taste. The most famous, worldwite known, is the pizza and recently Unesco has awarded world heritage status to the Naples art of pizza-making.
Typical dishes are the rraù, or ragout of guardaporta, a dish made with fat of bacon and slices of veal stuffed with cheese, garlic, pine nuts, parsley and raisins.
The Parmigiana of Melanzane, or Eggplant Parmesan, is a dish prepared with the Campania’s famous mozzarella cheese, an important ingredient in many traditional dishes. Thin slices of eggplant are fried and then layered with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil, and when baked the flavors meld in an irresistible and comforting dish.
Among the dessert, you can taste the Pastiera napoletana in easter time, a cake made with cottage cheese and orange, and the babà, the master of the dessert in Naples. We have to mention the lemon delight of the Amalfi Coast and the chocolate cake pear, typical of Positano.
Campania is the home of pasta, you can taste it with a variety of sauces, meats and vegetables. The area from Battipaglia to Paestum is the place of origin for the Mozzarella of buffalo; it’s a daily production and we are proud to serve it with local tomatoes and our extra virgin oil.
The typical vineyards varieties of the region are Trebbiano, Sangiovese, Malvasia, Greek and Aglianico. We have one hectare and half of aglianico vineyard, you can visit it and taste our wine “Ascolto”, aged in oak barrels.