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The Borgo Le Caselle lies on the south-western slope of the Monte Coccuzzo (1387 mt) in a tiny hamlet belonging to the village of Tortorella in the hinterland of the gulf, some 20 kilometres away. Situated on the southern edge of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park (Unesco), the area (part of Campania) borders on the Basilicata.
From the terraces of the Borgo in extremely good weather you may be able to catch a glimpse of Stromboli vulcano. Lovely sunsets and starr-studded nights can be observed particularly in spring and autumn.
In mid-summer both the altitude of the Borgo and the oak forests provide a pleasant relief from a hot day on the beach or along the coast...
Our neighbours keep a small livestock farm with a vegetable garden. Some of the local farmers make their own varieties of cheese and provide fresh lamb. Some earn their livelihood as shepherds as they did a hundred years ago.
The pretty village of Tortorella (with groceries, butcher, bar and post-office) lies 6 km from the Borgo, with the distance to the coast and the small coastal town of Sapri (IC railway station) of about 15 km, or 25 minutes by car.
Tortorella (582 mtrs above sea level) sits on a plateau falling away to the coast, on slopes of olive groves and woodlands. To the west, the plateau is bordered by the deep ravine of the Bussentino stream.
From various view points there are spectacular views towards the Calabrian mountains and, in Campania, towards Monte Coccuzzo, Monte Cervati (1899 m), Monte Gelbison (1705 m) and Monte Bulgheria (1225 m) dominating the gulf area.
Tortorella has been able to preserve its original traditional aura. Stone-built houses with decorative portals seem to grow from the rocky mountain side, with narrow streets allowing you glimpses into shaded vegetable and flower gardens.
The inhabitants, some three hundred, go about their daily routine, meeting in the forenoon at Giuseppe´s bar for a game of cards or collecting their pensions at the post office, and on Wednesdays chatting with friends in the market place or in front of the church on a Sunday.
The comunity area is stretching from about 1400 m down to the sea, with a vegetation providing pasture land at all seasons.
From Tortorella to the coast there is a fine roadlink recently built and not yet to be found on the maps (Tortorella-Mare). The journey takes about 15 minutes.