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Renting a car in Massa Lubrense

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If you are planning a trip to Massa Lubrense and you don’t know whether or not to rent a car, or you’re simply looking for information about it, this article is for you.

Massa Lubrense can be reached by public transportation, arriving in nearby Sorrento by train, hydrofoil/ferry and bus, depending on your needs. Once you arrive at your destination, there are two options: use the local transportation such as the bus line, which operates until 10 p.m. (with extended hours in summer periods), or rent a vehicle and have total freedom in moving around, especially in the evening and night hours. If you choose the second option it is important to act cleverly.

Book the rental well in advance

If you know for sure you are going to Massa Lubrense at that particular time and would like to rent a car, it is essential to confirm your reservation in advance. In this way you will be sure of the availability of the vehicle that best suits your needs, you can calmly view and compare the offers proposed by the various car rentals in the area. Before making your online reservation, it is recommended to contact the person in charge of the rental by phone or email to ensure clarity of information.
Renting last minute is often not at all convenient, especially in high season. To save money, therefore, make sure to proceed in good time!

Choose an appropriate car

The roads in Massa Lubrense, as well as its surroundings, are often narrow and sometimes not easy to go through. The area is made up of 17 hamlets characterized by ancient charm, that should not be missed. It is therefore good to choose a car with awareness, preferably a small one. This will make travel easier and avoid traffic jams. You can also rent scooters or mopeds as needed, obviously these are preferred in the summer period.

Where can I park?

There are free and paid parking zones in the city of Massa Lubrense, marked by white and blue lines, respectively. Paid lines on the street and in municipal parking lots observe the following timetable: from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; they are free in the afternoon interval and at night. During paid hours, parking is possible by paying in the parking-machine or by displaying the parkcard or parking subscription. More information on how to activate them, the different types and costs, can be found on this page under “Parking in Massa Lubrense.” You can also use these parking lots to access beaches or near trails.

General rental informations

It is good to remember that in order to rent a car you must have a valid type B driver’s license. Also depending on the car rental company you may or may not need to be a minimum of 21 and a maximum of 80 years old. It may be the case that those younger than 21 will be charged a surcharge. On the other hand, if you want to rent a moped or scooter, the type of license required varies depending on the engine capacity.
Prices, depending on the type of car, can average between 80 and 120 euros per day, including gasoline. Obviously in the case of motorcycles the price is lower.
For more information, including about the insurance guarantee, you should consult the website of the car rental company you choose.
If you are traveling in a group, opting for a single vehicle will allow you to save on expenses!

Non-Italian citiziens

If you are a non-Italian citizen, the following documents are usually required: driver’s license from your home country, international driving permit if you are not an EU citizen, international ID and if necessary a credit card for payments. These may vary from case to case.

Benefits of renting a car

  • Exploring new places

Renting a car in Massa Lubrense not only allows you to be completely free in your travels, but also gives you the opportunity to see the area from a different perspective.
Unlike local vehicles that always travel the same route, using the car allows you to explore new areas, even those distant from the classic tourist spots. You can get to destinations otherwise unreachable and fully enjoy the beauty of the place. So why limit yourself?
Panoramic views of beaches at sunset, unspoiled nature, are just some of the sceneries the area has to offer!

These wonderful shots show the view from the Annunziata hamlet; a breathtaking sunset over Capri and Marina della Lobra.

  • Comfort and better managment of available time

Moving around by car offers countless conveniences even if you need to travel carrying bulky luggage, trekking or beach equipment, without necessarily having to go to the various bus line stops. This allows for full management of time on vacation, which you know is precious!

  • Reaching the surroundings of Massa Lubrense

Why limit yourself to Massa Lubrense? By renting a car, it is possible to reach its surroundings easily. Sorrento, the locations of the Amalfi Coast and even archaeological sites such as Pompeii or Ercolano are unavoidable stops on your vacation. In this way you can fully enjoy the beauty of the Sorrento Peninsula. Postcard sceneries that will steal your heart!


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The Giro d’Italia passes in Massa Lubrense

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In the spring of 2023, the Giro d’Italia, by going through the Sorrento Peninsula, will pass in Massa Lubrense.

The 106th edition of the Giro d’Italia, 2023

This year’s Giro d’Italia (tour of Italy) will begin on May 6, 2023, starting in the Marina di Fossacesia, Abruzzo, and ending on May 28 in Rome. The riders will cover a total of 3448.6 km with up to 51,300 m of elevation gain. There will be 21 stages in total with different levels of difficulty.

Stage 6: Naples-Naples

The tour will arrive in the Sorrento Peninsula during the sixth stage, both starting and finishing in Naples, on May 11, 2023. This will be a short and intense stage between the chief town of Campania and the Amalfi Peninsula. From Naples the riders will coast Mount Vesuvius from the north side to climb the Valico di Chiunzi and enter Amalfi in a circuit that runs along the entire Amalfi coast. They will face a series of twisting roads that will end in the Pompeii area from where the race will continue basically straight to Naples. The final sprint will take place on the seafront of Via Caracciolo, where a non complete group is likely to show up. The cyclists will cover a total of 156 km.
It is during this stage that the Giro di Italia will pass through Massa Lubrense.

The last time the riders travelled these territories was 10 years ago, in May 2013. In that year, one of the stages of the race started from Sorrento, passing through the Monti Lattari, the Amalfi coast, and on to Paestum and Cilento. The mayor of Sorrento would like to make his city a stage city again for the next edition of the Giro di Italia, in 2024.

The route of Giro di Italia 2023
The route of Giro d’Italia 2023,
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This sporting event has always been one of the most followed by Italians. Every year there are many citizens who take to the roads to watch the passage of the riders and cheer them on. The streets are colored pink and flags wave in the crowd. Not only live, but as always the event can also be watched on television.

Historical background and curiosities

The Giro d’Italia is a men’s cycling race whose first edition was organized 114 years ago, in May 1909. At the time, cycling was considered among the most watched sports in Italy, even more than soccer. The route counted 2448 km and was organized in 8 stages including, as today, uphill and flat sections. From then on the race was organized every year, except for the period of the world wars, involving athletes from all over the world. This cycling competition is among the three greatest in Europe.

The symbol of the Giro d’Italia has always been the iconic pink jersey, worn each year by the winner.
Why pink? This color was chosen to pay homage to the Gazzetta dello Sport, organizer and creator of the event, whose newspaper pages are precisely the same color. Athletes, however, can also win other types of jerseys based on their performance, such as blue, white or cyclamen.


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The M.A.R.E. project

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by Rosario Sisto

The territory of Massa Lubrense boasts countless natural wonders. Among these, the aquatic environment that surround its banks is especially important and it is safeguarded by the Marine Protected Area Punta Campanella. The M.AR.E. project was indeed started by the Marine Area with the aim of protecting the aquatic ecosystem of these territories.

This project aims to engage a number of young volunteers from all over the world in activities designed not only to help safeguard the local aquatic ecosystems, but also to help spread the knowledge of aquatic wonders and how keep them safe.

For this article we had the opportunity to interview one of this year’s volunteers: Pedro Ribeiro.

Let’s start with an introduction: what’s your name? How old are you? What country are you from?

My name is Pedro Ribeiro, I’m 26 and Portuguese. I was born in a small town in the inland of Portugal and I studied biology, including marine biology, at the University of Aveiro.

Tell us: how did you decide to take part in the M.A.R.E. project?

After getting my master degree last year, I looked for a job in Portugal, but I wasn’t able to find anything that suited me.

One day I discovered the M.A.R.E. project on Facebook and decided to take part in it. Above all, I wish to bring the knowledge I have gained through the project with me to Portugal.

Moreover, during my university studies I was unable to take part in an Erasmus project, so this experience allowed me to “fill that void”, in a sense.

Specific studies or preparations are required to participate in the M.A.R.E. project?

Actually, of the 10 volunteers currently participating in the project only 7 are experts in marine biology, while the other 3 have studied completely different subjects.

Despite this, as much as it may not be strictly necessary to possess specific knowledge to become a volunteer, it is still important for at least a part of the group to have studied marine biology, so as to support the others in the more demanding activities.

What are the main activities carried out by you volunteers?

project M.A.R.E.

During the first month we attend an Italian language course to facilitate communication.

The actual activities start during the summer, often with the assistance of other organizations.

The main activities take place in the Bay of Ieranto with the goal of protecting the biodiversity of the area, meaning its hundreds of aquatic species, both plant and animal. When boats happen to enter the bay – where it is not allowed to cruise or dock if your boat is engine-powered – we approach them by canoe to explain to the people aboard the park regulations and its goals, and so we invite them to go elsewhere.

At the same time we put effort into teaching people the importance of protecting this ecosystem, and we often organize kayak guided tours and snorkeling. In this way people can personally immerse themselves in the aquatic wonders of the territory and get to know it better.

Volunteers are also involved in the protection of sea turtles: we follow their footprints in the sand along the beaches, searching for potential nests. Once we find one, we protect it to make sure that the eggs will be able to hatch safely. In the meantime, we take this opportunity to explain the details of the whole process to the people who are on the beach.

Are there any difficulties in protecting a foreign territory?

Personally not. Adapting to this cultural context was fairly easy for me since, in my experience, Italy and Portugal are not very different from a socio-cultural point of view.

How does collaboration between young people from different countries and cultures influence the activities?

M.A.R.E. project

Some of the M.A.R.E. project activities also aim to create strong bonds between us, in order to make us feel united despite our cultural differences.

Among the more interesting and memorable activities are the “cultural evenings”: each of us is given a whole evening during which we can tell the others about our country and our culture. The goal of these meetings is to make us all feel closer. We have organized many similar events: Spanish, Greek, Croatian, and many others.


For giving us so much of his time and so much information, we sincerely thank Pedro Ribeiro.

We hope to have aroused interest in those who have read this article. We invite you to visit the territories of the Punta Campanella Marine Protected Area, so that you can personally admire these wonders and fully understand the importance of safeguarding them!


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The Osci: the ancient people of Massa Lubrense

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by Rosario Sisto

More than one ancient civilization has made Massa Lubrense its home over the centuries, just like in the rest of Italy: the ancient Romans, the Greeks, the Longobards and many others. The history of our land is rich indeed.

However, among the many people who have set foot on these lands there’s one that preceeds them all. We have proof of their past presence here thanks to an inscription found in Punta Campanella: the Osci (or Oscans).

The ancient italic people of the Osci

The Osci were an ancient italic ethnic group, essentially one of those people who were already present in Italy long before the arrival of the Greeks or the roman conquests. Unfortunately, their origins are still uncertain even today, due to the relative lack of archeological discoveries related to them. Various authors have each given their own hypothesis on the matter.

According to some historians, these people were born from the assimilation of the Opici by some samnitic people. The Opici were another italic people situated in Opicia, an ancient territory which included a large part of modern day Campania.

According to others the name “Osci” is just a second name the Opici ended up getting known by.

What we know with enough certainty is that these people, in actuality divided in various tribes as was often the case of many italic civilizations, probably came into contact with the ancient Greeks and, obviously, with the Romans. The latter ended up “romanizing” this civilization, as was their custom, destroying its cultural characteristics and replacing them with elements of roman culture.

Oscan: a special language

The Osci, ancient people of Massa Lubrense
Oscan alphabet complete with transliteration

Perhaps the most distinguishing element of the Osci was their language: the Oscan language.

The language has indo-european origins and belongs to the Osco-Umbran strain. Its geographical extension throughout the peninsula was particularily large, covering basically all of its southern half.

This language was spoken from the sixth/fifth century BC up until the romanization of the people in the first century BC. This, as a consecuence, saw Oscan being replaced by Latin.

What makes Oscan a rather special language among other ancient Italic languages is that it used to be written in at least three different alphabets. It naturally had one of its own, containing between 19 and 23 letters, according to scholars. But some Oscan records written in the Latin and Greek alphabets have also been found.

Culture and society of the Osci

Judging by what we can discern from the few discoveries we have, the Osci were people who based their own sustenance mainly on agriculture and cattle, especially buffalos. From here probably derives the modern custom of raising these animals in Campania.

Family was the key element of their social structure, which was generally patriarchal. For centuries, the Oscan society did not see the existence of slavery, but it was later introduced after the Osci came into contact with the Greeks.

As for their religion, it seems that the Osci worshipped deities linked to natural elements, such as the Sun and the Earth, like many other pre-Roman civilizations. It also seems that the worship of Mater Matuta was quite common among them.

It was precisely the Oscan culture that created an important theatrical genre: the Atellan farce. This genre owes its name to the city of Atella, one of the Osci’s ancient cities. It mainly consisted of the usually improvised representation of scenes that had a comedic tone and that focused on characters that belonged to low class social contexts. Said characters were all typical, meaning they generally represented a specific type of person and were distinguished by a singular personality trait. Some of these types were the servant, the master, the old fool, the glutton. Each of these was characterized by a specific grotesque looking mask. This genre was very popular in ancient times, even among the Romans, and it is still today the main and greatest piece of Oscan culture that we know of.

Admiring the history of the ancient people of Massa Lubrense

Unfortunately we still know relatively little about the Osci as we can only depend on the few archeological findings scattered throughout the land of Campania. Massa Lubrense, with its own findings belonging to this ancient civilization, could then be quite an interesting spot for anyone who might wish to learn more about the history of the Osci, not to mention that of other Italic civilizations whose traces are still present in these lands. Therefore, we encourage all of you, wether you are tried and true ancient history scholars or are simply curious to know the past history of our lands, to come here to admire with your own eyes what remains of our ancient origins!


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Cooking classes in Massa Lubrense

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by Rosario Sisto

Interview with Fabio Colucci

Italian cuisine is certainly the most famous and renowned in the world. People from all over the planet come to Italy to taste our dishes. However, many people don’t come here just to taste our food, but also to learn how to cook it by attending cooking classes.

Undoubtedly italian cuisine possesses a degree of charm and quality without equal, which is why many people wish to learn some recipes directly from our chefs. However, where exactly can you go to learn our culinary art?

Well, here in Massa Lubrense we have a cooking school: the Chez Barone Cooking School, where you can not only learn various traditional recipes of Italian cuisine, but also spend a wonderful and relaxing day at the Palazzo del Barone, where the school is located.

We had the opportunity to interview mister Fabio Colucci, who works at Chez Barone, to give all of you some information about the kind of experience you will have there.

Mr. Colucci, tell us about the Chez Barone Cooking School: what are its origins? What determined its creation?

Chez Barone was born in 2019 in the Palazzo del Barone, a historical villa, almost by intuition: we had noticed that there were a lot of people who wanted to learn how to cook Italian dishes, in particular specialties from Sorrento. By September of that year we were already in the top rankings thanks to the numerous positive reviews we were given.

cooking classes

What kind of people usually attend your cooking lessons? Are there many foreigners? Can they still be passionate about Italian cuisine, despite cultural differences?

Surely those who chooses to attend our classes already have a certain passion for cooking, after all not many would attend a cooking school otherwise. But our teachings allow them to go back home proud of finally being able to prepare those Italian dishes they loved tasting so much. About 80% of our clients are American, oftentimes Italian-American, but there are also British, Germans and Israeli. In the past, we’ve even had international chefs attend our courses.

What are your classes about? What recipes do you teach?

cooking classes

We have 2 cooking courses:

The first one is every morning from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. We teach participants how to make traditional pizza with a wood oven. Moreover, we also teach them how to make various types of pasta, like gnocchi and tagliatelle. We also have a “Mozzarella Show”, where we teach people how to make mozzarella. Lastly, we teach participants how to make desserts such as caprese and tiramisù, as well as ice cream.

The second course is every evening from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and we teach how to prepare fried pizza, which non-Italian participants often consider interesting as they are not used to see this type of pizza. Furthermore, we teach how to cook chops, prepare ravioli alla caprese, and make limoncello.

Both of these courses happen in two different parts of the Palazzo del Barone.

Something that makes you stand out is your “no-stress no-haste” philosophy. Could you tell us more about it?

People who come here can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere because we offer them te utmost hospitality: the courses do not last too long and the activities are very pleasant, and after the courses people can stay and relax in the Palazzo, for example by going to the swimming pool.

During your courses you also teach how to make limoncello. Since the lemons of Massa Lubrense are one of our local products, could you tell us how the teaching process takes place?

cooking classes

We have a lemon garden, we teach the clients how to pick the right lemons, then we bring them indoors and we make them peel the lemons. We tell them what the right doses of alcohol are and how to make infusions with the peels. Once the process is over, they can taste the product of their own work.

We truly thank mister Colucci for the information he has given us. We really hope that this has motivated many of you to try out the cooking classes of Chez Barone here in Massa Lubrense!


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Winter in Massa Lubrense

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Although winter is the least favourite season for tourists to visit seaside locations, low temperatures still allow you to enjoy the beauty of the area.

Massa Lubrense is chosen as a destination all year round, with temperatures that rarely drop below 10°C (50°F) degrees during the day. In the winter time, sunny days alternate with cloudy days, with possible rain and wind.

With the right clothes to face the low temperatures, avoiding rainy days, walking the trails remains one of the favourite activities.

Winter walks

If you’re going on vacation in Massa Lubrense in winter, there is no need to book in advance, the prices are for sure lower and the influx of tourists is at a minimum, so you can fully enjoy the area.

During the winter time, activities related to the maritime tourism close, only to reopen in spring. Bus services decrease due to the low tourist influx, favouring daytime rather then the evening timetables. More information can be found here.

Once the Christmas holidays are over, some cafés and restaurants close for holidays, usually for about a month between January and February.

Massa Lubrense in January

Average temperature: 10°C (50°F)

Average sea temperature: 15°C (59°F)

January days in Massa Lubrense are very short, with sunsets between 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm. Snow is a rare occurrence, very much appreciated by the inhabitants for its exceptionality. Rains are more frequent, but sunny days are not lacking.

In good weather, it is pleasant to walk through the streets and squares, where you can stop at pastry shops or restaurants to taste typical dishes. Massa Lubrense is famous for the production of olive oil, cheese, a large variety of products based on the local lemons, and much more.

At the beginning of January, the festive atmosphere of Christmas holidays is still in the air, so take the opportunity to taste the desserts of the festivities. This is also the best time for shopping, because the sales start in the second week of the month.

Massa Lubrense in February

Average temperature: 11°C (52°F)

Average sea temperature: 14°C (57°F)

In February the weather is still cold, but sunny days are not lacking. You can go for long walks on the beach, lose yourself in the evocatice scenery of the sea in winter, good for you mind and body.

It is possible to do religious tourism, visiting the many churches and chapels, or simply walk trhough the hamlets. You can certainly enjoy the landscape in the coldest season of the year, in abscence of crowds and traffic. Alternatively you can visit museum, archaeological sites such as Pompeii or Ercolano, in the surroundings of Massa Lubrense.

If the weather does not help, you can opt for an afternoon of shopping by choosing the local activities of handicrafts.

Massa Lubrense in March

Average temperature: 12°C (54°F)

Average sea temperature: 14°C (57°F)

In March the days get longer, with sunset between 5:50 pm and 7:25 pm, with the transistion to daylight saving time. Moving towards the end of the month, temperatures will rise by a couple of degrees on average.

Benefiting from more hours of sunshine, outdoor activities will certainly be more enjoyable. You can visit parks with children, such as the Parco delle Sirene in Massa Centro. While walking, you can stop at the most suggestive viewpoints, from which to observe the beauty of the area from above.

If you love the gastronomic products of the area, you can visit one of the many farms to discover the secrets of production.

So, despite the weather, there are still many activities to do!

Weather sources:

Che tempo faceva a Massa Lubrense – Archivio Meteo Massa Lubrense » ILMETEO.it

Temperatura dell’acqua del mare a Massa Lubrense oggi | Italia (seatemperature.info)


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Olive da olio Massa Lubrense

5 days in Massa Lubrense: every day a different adventure

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di Angela della Ventura

Per chi ha bisogno di staccare dalla routine quotidiana, ma anche per coloro che cercano avventura e panorami mozzafiato, Massa Lubrense è il luogo ideale, grazie alle sue spiagge dall’acqua cristallina e i percorsi di trekking. Di seguito, un itinerario per trascorrere 5 giorni in questo piccolo angolo di paradiso e tranquillità.

Giorno 1: Massa centro e dintorni

5 giorni a Massa Lubrense - Giorno 1

Massa Lubrense centro

Arrivati a Massa Lubrense, il modo migliore per poter iniziare la vacanza è partire con l’esplorare il centro. Si parte da Largo Vescovado, piazza principale della città e sede del Municipio. Al suo estremo è possibile affacciarsi da Belvedere del Pennino, che offre una suggestiva vista panoramica su Ischia e Capri. A pochi metri da qui troviamo “Il Cerriglio”, ex palazzo De Martino e antica casa gentilizia, che presenta un caratteristico viale di pilastri in tufo e busti marmorei, in fondo al quale c’è un bellissimo ninfeo. Proseguendo per via Palma incontriamo “Il Quartiere”, ex collegio gesuita del 1600, e accanto ad esso “Il Torrione”, architettura militare di inizio XVII secolo.

Marina della Lobra

Dopo aver esplorato il centro della città, ci si può spostare a Marina della Lobra, antico borgo marinaro sovrastato dalla chiesa da cui prende il nome. È raggiungibile a piedi in 15 minuti, imboccando via Colombo. Il centro abitato è caratterizzato da case variopinte, ancora abitate perlopiù da pescatori, e si sviluppa intorno a una gradinata che porta fino al mare. In realtà non ci sono vere e proprie spiagge, ma è possibile bagnarsi dalla scogliera o usare il solarium di via Chiaia. Inoltre, sono presenti molti ristoranti e bar, con vista sul mare. Il porto è dominato da Torre Toledo, appartenente al gruppo delle torri di avvistamento saracene costruite dagli Aragonesi lungo la costa.

Monte San Costanzo

Altro luogo da visitare è Monte San Costanzo, la collina più alta di Massa Lubrense, raggiungibile facilmente dalla frazione di Termini. Le cime sono due:
– a sinistra è possibile ammirare la chiesetta di San Costanzo, chiusa quasi sempre, tranne che il 14 maggio quando viene portata in processione la statua del santo dalla piazza di Termini alla chiesetta per la Santa Messa.
– a destra, invece, è presente una stazione radio per il controllo del traffico aereo.
Tra le due cime vi è una pineta, ottima zona d’ombra per chi giunge a piedi e parcheggio per chi, invece, arriva in auto o moto. Il panorama è sublime, e comprende tutto il golfo di Napoli.

Marina del Cantone

Ancora, per le sue spiagge di ciottoli e l’acqua limpida, tappa fondamentale è Marina del Cantone. Qui è possibile godersi un bagno in tranquillità, sia in lidi privati che in spiagge libere. Sull’estremità orientale della spiaggia, da visitare è la chiesetta di S. Antonio da Padova, costruita nel 1646. Anche a Marina del Cantone ristoranti e bar non mancano e qui è possibile gustare i piatti tipici della cucina campana. Dalla spiaggia, percorrendo un sentiero panoramico di circa un chilometro, si arriva alla spiaggia di Recommone, un luogo paradisiaco.

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Ultima sosta per il primo giorno di viaggio è la località di Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, che prende il nome dalla sua posizione, tra il golfo di Napoli e quello di Salerno. La sua fama, come località turistica, è diffusa fin dall’Ottocento grazie soprattutto alla posizione panoramica, ma anche al clima mite e all’aria salubre. Da visitare qui è la chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, costruita nel 1745, a croce latina e con un altare seicentesco. Oltre questo, custodisce la statua di Sant’Agata e molti dipinti del XVI secolo, anche recentemente restaurati. Altro edificio spettacolare è il Monastero del Deserto, il più panoramico della penisola sorrentina e costruito dai Carmelitani scalzi nel 1679.

Giorno 2: trekking lungo il sentiero di Athena

5 giorni a Massa Lubrense - Giorno 2

Un’attività perfetta per il territorio di Massa Lubrense è il trekking.
Il sentiero di Athena attraversa un’area di grande importanza storica: dall’aspetto selvaggio, offre panorami mozzafiato. Da piazza Croce, a Termini, si prende via Campanella e dopo 200 metri, al bivio, si prosegue a destra per via Minerva, mulattiera greco-romana. Attraversando il versante nord, la vegetazione si dirada e si intravede Capri, che appare così vicina, che sembra di poterla toccare. Proseguendo si iniziano a vedere la torre e il faro di Punta Campanella. Giunti a Punta Campanella si va avanti verso Monte San Costanzo, seguendo il segnavia bianco-rosso del C.A.I. (Club Alpino Italiano), che indica l’Alta Via dei Monti Lattari. Dopo aver attraversato il versante sud, la vista si apre sulla Baia di Ieranto e in seguito si giunge alla pineta di Monte San Costanzo.
Per tornare indietro c’è un sentiero breve, ma ripido e sconnesso, è quindi consigliabile ritornare per la strada principale.

Giorno 3: giornata in spiaggia e visita in agriturismo

5 giorni a Massa Lubrense - Giorno 3

Una giornata in spiaggia per rilassarsi è l’ideale dopo una passata ad avventurarsi per i sentieri. Abbiamo visto che una delle spiagge più belle è quella di Recommone, piccola e riservata, ma altrettanto magica e tranquilla. Da raggiungere a piedi o in barca, è situata tra Marina del Cantone e il fiordo di Crapolla ed è lunga 65 metri. Le sue acque sono limpide e la spiaggia è perlopiù formata da ciottoli chiari e piccoli. Questa piccola insenatura, a livello del mare, presenta cavità di cui la più grande è la Grotta di Recommone, anche chiamata “dei Pescatori”, perché anticamente offriva una zona d’ombra in cui poter ancorare.
Dopo la giornata in spiaggia è possibile cenare in uno degli agriturismi del luogo, con alcuni dei piatti tipici come gli spaghetti alla Nerano, i ravioli alla caprese e il pesce spada alla brace.

Giorno 4: giro in barca all’isola di Capri

5 giorni a Massa Lubrense - Giorno 4

Per rendere il soggiorno indimenticabile il consiglio è di trascorrere una giornata in barca. L’isola di Capri è protagonista nei panorami da Massa Lubrense ed è così vicina da poterci arrivare facilmente con un’escursione giornaliera.
Lungo la prima parte del percorso in barca è possibile apprezzare la costa della Penisola Sorrentina, interamente tutelata dall’Area Marina Protetta Punta Campanella. Prima di fermarsi al porto e sbarcare sull’isola di Capri, è d’obbligo fare un giro della sua costa: si potranno ammirare i famosi Faraglioni, le affascinanti grotte, le spiagge nascoste. Giunti al porto, la funicolare conduce direttamente alla Piazzetta, cuore dell’isola da cui partire in esplorazione.

Giorno 5: visita agli scavi archeologici di Pompei ed Ercolano

5 giorni a Massa Lubrense - Giorno 5

Per concludere l’itinerario di 5 giorni, è possibile fare una visita agli scavi archeologici di Pompei ed Ercolano, tra i loro edifici e ritrovamenti più rappresentativi. Partendo da Massa Lubrense, è possibile giungere a Pompei in auto, oppure con autobus e treno Circumvesuviana Sorrento-Napoli. Si consiglia di iniziare la visita al mattino presto, per evitare la calca e la calura. Ci sono diversi itinerari di diversa durata, dalle due fino alle sette ore. Dopo aver visitato Pompei, ci si può recare ad Ercolano, dove, oltre alle classiche visite degli scavi archeologici, è possibile visitare anche il MAV (Museo Archeologico Virtuale).

Questi sono soltanto alcuni dei luoghi da esplorare, ma perfetti per poter godere al meglio del nostro mare, della nostra terra e anche dei luoghi limitrofi. Se non dovessero bastare questi 5 giorni per visitare tutto ciò che è stato nominato, vi aspetteremo per una seconda visita, che sarà sempre unica e irripetibile.


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Torre Punta Campanella Tower

The most instagrammable places in Massa Lubrense

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written by Miriam Russo

The territory of Massa Lubrense is characterized by unique and unmissable locations. The variety of the latter, in fact, makes it original and one of a kind. In this article, we select for you just some of the most instagrammable places in Massa Lubrense that you absolutely cannot miss.

“Heart” of Baia di Ieranto

The first of our most instagrammable places in Massa Lubrense is the “heart” of Baia di Ieranto. A place that seems shrouded in magic and legend. In fact, according to history, it was the place where Ulysses, returning to Ithaca, met the Sirens. In this enchanted scenery you will enjoy the crystal clear waters and magnificent beaches of the area.

The lighthouse Punta Campanella

Located in the protected marine area of the promontory of Punta Campanella, the lighthouse undoubtedly creates a suggestive and enchanted landscape. An atmosphere of fascination and mystery will emerge before your eyes, leaving you breathless. You should not miss it, especially at night, when the lighthouse seems to light up together with the stars.

Crapolla Fjord

Another surprising instagrammable place is the Crapolla Fjord. It is one of the most particular inlets of Massa Lubrense. Moreover, in addition to being of great interest for seaside tourism, it is rich in history.
The area is also easily reachable on foot starting from Torca, allowing you to take advantage of the magnificent trekking routes offered by the place.

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Monte San Costanzo

It is a mountain with two peaks, the highest in Massa Lubrense, from which it is possible to have a 360-degree view of the Gulf of Naples and Salerno, up to the islands of Ischia and Procida. Furthermore, you will also find the characteristic white church dedicated to the homonymous saint, on the left top of the mountain — a suggestive place from several points of view that we recommend not to miss.

Cala di Mitigliano

The last and magical instagrammable place of Massa Lubrense is Cala di Mitigliano, an ideal place to enjoy the crystal clear sea and sensational scenery. The Cala di Mitigliano is, in fact, a bay that overlooks the island of Ischia and Punta Campanella. Furthermore, when the sea is calm and there is low tide, you can access the suggestive cave which will make this experience even more special.

By discovering these places, your social networks will undoubtedly be unique and you will be satisfied to have known and experienced a small part of the wonders of Massa Lubrense.


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Massa Lubrense: protagonist of cinema since the 1950s

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There are numerous film productions that have as their backdrop the breathtaking landscapes and the extraordinary beauties of Massa Lubrense. From Paolo Sorrentino to Pierce Brosnan, Massa Lubrense appears in the masterpieces of both national and international cinema.

In this article, you will find the best films shot in Massa Lubrense.

The Hand of God (2021)

Written and directed by director Paolo Sorrentino, nominated for an Oscar 2022 in the Best International Film section, and a Golden Globe 2022 for Best Foreign Film. The coast of Massa Lubrense and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella are the backdrop to the Schisa family’s holidays. In the opening scene, there is a tribute to Eduardo De Filippo, with the shot of the Isca islet which, for decades, was the home of the well-known Italian actor and playwright. The mayor of the municipality of Massa Lubrense himself invited the director Paolo Sorrentino to personally appreciate the natural beauties that this place has to offer.

Love Is All You Need (2012)

A film directed by Danish director Susanne Brier. Between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense the love story blossoms between Philip (Priece Brosnan), an English citizen living in Denmark and Ida, a Danish hairdresser. To bind the two protagonists is the imminent marriage of their respective children which forces them to leave for Italy and which sees the beginning of their love and the perfect city for romance in the Sorrento peninsula.

Ex 2: Still Friends? (2011)

A film directed and co-written by Carlo Vanzina. Sequel to “Ex” (2009) by Fausto Brizzi. Also in this film, there are scenes shot in Massa Lubrense, such as the village of Annunziata and the historic Villa Murat. Vincenzo Salemme, in the role of Antonio, is an ex-pharmacist who invites a group of ex-friends to his villa in the Sorrento peninsula. During the party, ties are found that, by now, were believed to have been lost. Some scenes are also shot in the square of the village of Annunziata, with Capri in the background.

Neapel sehen und erben: See Naples and Die (1988)

Directed by Marco Serafini, it is a German film with Massa Lubrense as its setting. The story begins in Germany and then continues, during the holidays, in Italy: landscapes of the Amalfi coast alternate with those in the seaside village of Marina della Lobra. The movie didn’t obtain a wide diffusion in Italian cinema, so today, in addition to the testimonies of the residents, it is possible to find only a few clips of the film that clearly show glimpses of the seaside village of Marina della Lobra.

Husban and Wife (1952)

The film is divided into two episodes, both directed and interpreted by Eduardo de Filippo. Much of his film was shot right in the village of Annunziata. De Filippo himself wanted the inhabitants of Massa Lubrense to act as extras. The film represents two episodes about married life: in the first episode, that of a poor man made immobile by paralysis and, in the second, that of Gennarino who, tired of his wife, his spinster sister, and a stupid son, invents a love story with a neighbor of his.

Village of Annunziata

Starting from the 1950s with Eduardo de Filippo, the relationship between Massa Lubrense and cinema is still maintained thanks to numerous national and international directors who, choose the beauties of Massa Lubrense as the film set for their movies.


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Trekking: 10 tips for beginners

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by Angela della Ventura

Interview with Michele Palomba

Trekking is certainly one of the best sports you can practice in Massa Lubrense. It is not uncommon to find people that, although wishing to take on trekking, always postpone it, because they do not know where to start. This is exactly why we interviewed an expert in this field, Michele Palomba, who gave us 10 useful tips to help you enjoy this wonderful activity.

1. Things you should always carry

Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to carry many things, which are often bulky. You just need a few essentials, which can easily be stowed in a small backpack, as walking with both hands free will help improve balance and tackle steep trails. The essentials are:

  • a water bottle or canteen;
  • some snacks;
  • sunglasses;
  • cap or hat to protect yourself from sun rays:
  • change of dry clothes, in case you get wet due to bad weather or need to change after sweating too much (socks are utterly important);
  • warm outfit;
  • raincoat;
  • headlamp, which is particularly useful in wintertime, as the sun sets early;
  • fully charged phone;
  • small first aid kit;
  • pair of trekking poles.

2. Things to include in your first aid kit

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First of all, it is very important to always carry any type of prescribed drug with you; if you have allergies, always include antihistamines. Never give anyone the medications you have been prescribed, especially if that person has never taken that type of medication before. This is always good practice, but it is especially important when hiking.
In the actual first aid kit, which should be stored in an airtight bag, you should include a small number of things, which can still help you treat any minor injuries you may suffer while trekking:

  • plasters of different sizes used to treat abrasions;
  • antiseptic, which must explicitly be of the type that can be used on damaged skin;
  • gauzes and medical tape;
  • Tweezers, which can help you to pull out splinters from wounds;

You may of course include other types of medical devices, but you should only do so if you’re qualified enough to use them.

3. Suitable clothing

A simple but very useful advice is to dress with layered clothing using clothes that aren’t particularly warm or heavy when worn on their own, but, at the same time, when worn layered can give you comfort while trekking.
Starting from the innermost layer, depending on season, you should either wear a t-shirt or a thermal long-sleeved shirt; continuing on, fleece clothing can always be useful to protect both from wind and unexpected cold in the shaded areas. Always depending on season, another layer can consist of either a duvet in winter or an anorak during spring or summer, which you can easily put on or take off as needed.
Speaking of fabrics, it is best to avoid denim and plush fabric, because they take a lot of time to dry out in case you get wet when crossing a brook or due to unexpected rain. Breathable fabrics, on the other hand, are highly recommended, being fresh, durable, with quick drying properties. They are suitable for any type of sport.

4. Suitable shoes

Good shoes are essential for any type of hiking, even though many underestimate their importance.
It is crucial to always wear shoes that are suitable for this kind of activity, even when walking on seemingly easy trails, because shoes will always help you walk better.
New shoes may feel hard at first, but their hardness is intentional, as it helps sustaining your body while walking; sneakers or other common types of shoes, on the other hand, are too weak and do not provide good balance, even if they might feel more comfortable at first.
Hiking shoes also feature a sculpted sole, which allows for good grip on any type of terrain.
An useful advice, especially for beginners, is to use high boots, even if they might seem useless or overly expensive; these boots are specifically designed to protect the wearer against injury, as they sustain your ankle better than low boots do, by wrapping perfectly around it.

5. How to pick a path to suit your needs

There are several ways to pick a path that will suit your needs: you can either rely on printed guides or on guides available on the internet. You can also consider asking someone who is more experienced, such as a friend, a qualified guide or the local tourist office. One should avoid relying on websites where any user can upload tracks, since you won’t be able to judge trail conditions and the amount of experience needed to take a given path. Another tip would be not to follow the crowd, avoiding to pick a path only because, according to others, it is easier or just because many people pick it.

6. How to prepare

Hiking in Massa Lubrense

Taking a basic trekking course can be really useful to become familiar with technical terms, to learn how to judge properly the type of terrain you will walk on and its elevation gain; this will in turn allow you to pick a path that, whille offering great landscapes, will still match your physical abilities. This is crucial, as it will guarantee that an otherwise wonderful experience doesn’t turn into something unpleasant.
Speaking of physical preparation, beginners can take walks to train their body to cross steep terrain, but those who cannot exercise daily could simply start using the stairs instead of the lift anytime they can.

7. How to reliably check the weather forecast

Weather is an higly discussed topic and not an easy one to cover. The plethora of smartphone apps are a good way to get an overview of the situation. On the other hand, always keep in mind that in the open air, and especially in the mountains, weather can and will change suddenly and unexpectedely. On mountain peaks it is highly likely for individual thunderstorms to occur, and this is impossible to predict.
Trekking in the rain isn’t necessarily unpleasant, though, even if it might seem scary at first; with all the necessary precautions it can be an unique and suggestive experience.

8. How to trek with children

Hiking in contact with nature is great for children too. In this case, as can be expected, one should exercise caution, especially with lively and curious children. A good tip is to prefer spring or summer time, when weather will usually be mild, but you should also pick easy, well shaded trails to avoid fatigue, injuries or heat strokes. You can turn hiking into a game, where children will feel like they are little explorers. This will surely make them prone to repeat the experience and, hopefully,  teach them to love nature and hiking

9. Where to find adventure companions

Hikes organised by qualified guides are the best way to begin if you’re alone, since you’re sure to receive good tips on choosing equipment and on picking paths. Hikes organised by local tourist offices are also very useful to get acquainted with other people experienced in trekking. Tourist hikes are often designed to provide knowledge of the area, or sometimes to explore an area: because of this they are usually easy to undertake, but exciting nonetheless.

10. Tips about blogs or hiking webpages

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Michele’s webpage, “hikeandseek“, will help you to fully immerse in the world of hiking. Following local webpages based on the area you want to go for a hike in will also help: this includes the website of the municipality and that of the local tourist office. One can often find webpages specific to a certain mountain range or area: these can be relied upon to get updated information about trail conditions. Rockslides and areas with high vegetation are also usually reported.

So, as we have seen, trekking is a sport for everyone, young and old, experts or beginners, enjoyable and, above all, healthy.

Are you ready to go for a hike with us along Massa Lubrense’s best trails?


Michele Palomba

Qualified hike guide and collaborato of Massa Lubrense tourist office



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