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APPRODO RESORT
THALASSO SPA
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Since 1969, Approdo Resort rised on the seafront of Saint Mark of Castellabate.  After years of studies and researches, in 2013 was created the Thalasso, “the most innovative spa of the South Italy” (quote from Corriere della Sera). Tradition and innovation are united, creating one only prestigious reality: Approdo Resort Thalasso Spa. A 50-years history linked to its origins but with a look projected to the future. The leitmotif of Approdo Resort Thalasso SPA is one: hospitality. An act of kindness reserved for each host; a commitment which was born before the promotion of the Cilento, land of centenaries and of the Mediterranean Diet, which engages the whole staff of the Approdo Resort Thalasso Spa promoting the biological heritage discovered by Ancel Keys.
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The Mediterranean Diet keeps its origins from the history, from the culture and from the lifestyle arrived from the Magna Graecia. These habits remained strong through the centuries, before the poverty of the Middle Age, when people were forced to eat simple products of the lands and later products of cilentan rustic tradition. Indeed, the Mediterranean Diet has spread out mostly in Cilento, (area of the South of the Campania, currently part of the National Park of Cilento, between the river Sele and the river Aleto). Mediterranean diet is not only a way of eating but also a lifestyle, particularly inherited from the culture of the ancient Greek cities: Paestum and Elea. The Mediterranean Diet has been studied by Ancel Keys, a well-known American physiologist and nutritionist, who was impressed by the alimentary habits of Cilentan People, discovered when he landed in Paestum in 1944 as a soldier of the fifth Army. The Italian experience made him moved to Cilento after the war, particularly in the small town of Pioppi (Poplar trees) where he improved his resources about the southern alimentation and modern sicknesses of the wellbeing, like hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and generally all the cardiovascular sicknesses, which come from the bad alimentation. In the 50s, Doctor Keys came to the idea that low incidence of cardiovascular sicknesses was due to the type of alimentation that these populations were adopting for secular tradition. Finally, Ancel Keys defined the ideal nutrition as Mediterranean Diet which does not consist of only Spaghetti with Tomato sauce (the most loved Italian dish in the world, from NY to Tokyo, as it is revealed from the Oxfam), but it is made up of 0 Km vegetables, legumes e and white meat, fish and dairies (eaten with moderation), goat cheese and dried fruit. The secret of the local diet was one: small quantity, high quality. Indeed Keys ate just two dried figs per evening, as it is revealed by Delia Morinelli, the old housekeeper of doc. Keys. The Mediterranean diet is most of all a Philosophy: the word “diet” comes from the Greek “diaita” which means ‘lifestyle’: no stress, mental equilibrium, healthy varied food. Cilentan people have taken stock Hippocrates’ lesson: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
In the National Park of Cilento, UNESCO Universal Patrimony. San Marco is a bathing touristic site of the protected marine area Santa Maria di Castellabate and of the National Park of Cilento and Diano Valley. Since many years, with other sites of the cilentan coast, it receives the Blue Flag Price for the high quality of its bathing sea water. The Licosa isle, a landmark for navigators, represents the most particular natural site of the area thanks to its dangerous sandbar and its sinking. Indeed, under its water there a lot of sunken rests of the ancient Greco - Roman town of Nicosia, as the rests of a villa and a lap where morays were grown up (they are of the era between the 1st cent. B.C. and the 1st cent. AD). On the isle, where there are the Lighthouse and the Guardian House, there have been found some evidences of the Greco - Roman era, as an epigraph to Cerere, Roman mosaics and a lot of Greek ceramics of the 5th century all kept in the Archaeological National Museum of Paestum. In this land there is the myth of the mermaids, indeed, the name of Licosa is thought to be the name of the mermaid Leucosia who lived and was buried here after her drowning in the sea, according to some authors such as Licofrone, Strabone and Pliny the Elder. Also Omero in its Odyssey named the isle of the mermaids who enchanted Ulysses and his crew. Anyway, since once the isle Licosia was linked to the promontory, it is believed that the isle was the Sanbar of Vatolla 6 mt. deep. Aristotle narrates of a temple to Leucotea (identified as Leucosa) on the isle. Other authors, such as Dionigi di Alicarnasso and Sesto Pompeo Festo, retain that the name “Licosa” comes from the cousin of Aeneas buried on the isle.The Medieval Village appears on the Hill of Saint Angel and has five accesses: Gate “Cavalieri” (knights) and Gate di Mare (of the sea) on the seaside; Gate “la Chiazza” (the Square) and Gate “Sant’Eustachio” on the land-side; Gate “de li Bovi” (of oxen) on the back-side.Since the 1999 Castellabate has the Blue Fee Flag which rewards the high quality of its bathing sea water, its beaches and the services offered.Greco - Roman Port: near the modern port of San Marco, there are the evidences of an ancient Greco - Roman port with two docks of the 1st century B.C. This ancient Port has been identified as the Port of Erculia o “Ercolam” the most important port of call for all the commercial vessels direct to the Miseno Port, as a military base and as a foothold for the imperial fleet, too.