In following a route which from the hamlet of Termini (Massa Lubrense) takes to the extreme end of Sorrento Coast, we can appreciate wonderful panoramic views and live again the atmospheres which in the past fostered the myth of the Mermaids and the cult of Minerva.
Since ancient times, the extreme end of Sorrento Coast – also known as Punta Campanella – has been at the centre of the attention of visitors coming from all over the world. The myth of the Mermaids, the devotion reserved in the classical age to the Goddess Minerva and the possibility to admire breathtaking sceneries, in fact, have fostered so many curiosities and stimulated the desire of particularly relaxing walks.
Still today, concentrating in following a particularly demanding route, we can appreciate the peculiarities of an area still characterized by an almost wild vegetation. Numbered among the most beautiful and suggestive itineraries in the world, the excursionist will be thrown into a world where sky and sea are one thing and where the traces of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations still cause a great stir.
The starting point of the excursion is the main Square of Termini (Piazza Santa Croce) one can reach by using the runs of the Sita Buses.
The itinerary will make us reach Termini, the crest of Mount San Costanzo, Pezzalonga and Punta Campanella.
1) Leave from Piazza Santa Croce (in the hamlet of Termini). After admiring a wonderful view of Capri, in going southwards and as soon as you come to the end of the square itself, walk along the lane going downhill to the right, characterized by the sign to Punta Campanella.
2) After turning left, go on for about a hundred metres. As soon as you come to a crossroads, go straight on along Via del Monte.
3) Follow the route for two more hundred metres and turn right. Take the mule track with steps. At the end of it, you will come to the crest of Mount San Costanzo.
4) As soon as you come onto the top of Mount San Costanzo, after turning left, you will find the Chapel of San Costanzo which can be reached through a staircase of medieval times. This spot is ideal to admire wonderful views of the Gulf of Naples and of that of Salerno.
5) While getting backwards, you can take the main path again, which follows the crest, and thanks to which you can go along the High Road of Lattari Mountains (the route is characterized by the white and red sign of the C.A.I)
6) Go on until you come to a pine-wood, at the end of which the route – though for a short stretch –joins with the road. Go on uphill until you come to the top of Mount San Costanzo. There you will have the chance to appreciate a suggestive view of Capri.
7) In walking westwards, the route goes along the rocky coasts which overlook the wonderful Bay of Ieranto. Following the trace going downhill from Mount San Costanzo, one can follow the whole crest of Pezzalonga.
8) Short before what is considered the end of the land, the road joins with a dug up route which has to be followed by turning right and going on downhill.
9) As soon as you come to the linking point with a wider road, turn left. The route goes up to the end of Sorrento Coast, known as Punta Campanella. There, besides admiring an ancient pirates’ watchtower, you can go up a staircase which is lightly disjointed, and thanks to which you will get to the famous Grotta delle Sirene (Mermaids’ Grotto), well-known for the clearness and the charm of its depths.
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