Bay of Ieranto
The path leading to the picturesque Bay of Ieranto shows the most savage and enchanted side of the coast; the sea is one of the most crystalline.
The Bay of Ieranto is a rocky cove between Punta Campanella and Punta Penna, is the pearl of the Marine Protected Area and can be reached only on foot. With its pristine beauty, it is among the most picturesque areas of Massa Lubrense.
The bay is protected by the FAI (Italian Environment Fund) which offers guided tours and activities in nature.
Trail: Nerano – Ieranto
Lenght: 1,5 km / 1 mi
Gradient: 250 m / 820 ft
The path begins from the square of Nerano, a few meters on the road to Marina del Cantone. After about 50 meters uphill, follow signs to Jeranto on the left: the old path passes near the Villa Rosa, where the writer Norman Douglas stayed, and then near a small shrine; in the first section it crosses cultivated vegetable gardens, orchards and olive groves. From the left side, the view opens up on the beaches of Marina del Cantone and the islands of Li Galli and Vetara.
Looking up, under the spur which overlooks the chapel of San Costanzo, you see a large opening in the mountain: it is the entrance to the Cave of Noglie, with stalactites on the ceiling. The trees begin to thin and gradually make space for the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area.
Continuing the walk, you’ll reach the crest of a sense and from here you can admire scenery of incomparable beauty: to the right, Punta Campanella and Capri with Faraglioni; to the left, the Gulf of Salerno till Punta Licosa, the Amalfi Coast and the islands; at the center, the Bay of Ieranto.
At this point the path forks: to the left a path leads to Puna Penna, which offers a splendid panorama, and to the Tower of Montalto. From the tower the view sweeps from Capri to the islands Li Galli and get lost in the Gulf of Salerno. This area is managed by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), which offers guided tours and various activities.
The descent on the right leads to the beach of Ieranto through an old staircase; the small beach, also called Marinella, is enclosed among limestone cliffs, with a backdrop of white pebbles that reflects the colors of the surrounding vegetation. The main beach is not accessible by land, you can see it from the sea (swimming or canoeing) but not reach it, due to the danger of falling boulders.
From Marina del Cantone you can visit the bay by kayak.
How to reach Nerano
From Massa Centro take Via IV Novembre and follow the road until after Marciano and Termini; from Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, proceed by Via dei Campi. You can park in the square of Nerano or just before, in a small parking lot on the right road.
SITA buses to Marina del Cantone, leaving from Sorrento or Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, pass through Nerano. Please check the bus schedule.