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3 days in Massa Lubrense | travel itinerary

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written by Serena Lobianco

Planning a 3 days itinerary in Massa Lubrense is simple if you take advantage of indications or ideas from which to start. This article is intended as a guide to discovering Massa Lubrense. 3 days of travel in which we recommend: places to visit, activities and gastronomic products. The key to a memorable experience.

1ST DAY

  1. THE ANCIENT CATHEDRAL OF MASSA LUBRENSE ‘SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE’
    Our first step of the journey is in the heart of Massa Lubrense, where the Cathedral of ‘Santa Maria delle Grazie’ is located. The works of art that it houses inside evoke a flourishing aesthetic culture. For example, there is the board depicting the “Madonna delle Grazie” and the tablet of the ‘Baptism of Christ’.
  2. THE VIEWPOINT KNOWN AS ‘IL PENNINO’
    A few steps from Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Largo Vescovado, you can admire a suggestive view of the island of Capri and the island of Ischia.
  3. ANNUNZIATA’S HAMLET
    It is a small borough witnessing the first Norman settlement of the city of Massa Lubrense. History is not the only attraction of Annunziata, because, in addition to the remains of the walls that surrounded the Aragonese Castle, reaching the viewpoint near the ancient defense tower, you can admire the panorama that the Sorrento’s peninsula offers.
  4. VIA NASTRO D’ORO IN MARCIANO
    Along the road that passes through Marciano, not surprisingly called “Nastro d’Oro”, you can admire from above the ancient Saracen tower of San Lorenzo and a breathtaking coastal panorama, directly overlooking the island of Capri.
  5. TERMINI’S CHURCH OF SAN COSTANZO
    Once you reach the hamlet of Termini, you can go to the top of Monte San Costanzo by car or even on foot, via a path. Even if the small white church is not always open to the public, from this point you come across a 360° view from which you can admire the gulfs of Naples and Salerno.
  6. MARINA DEL CANTONE
    Marina del Cantone overlooks the Gulf of Salerno, its pristine beaches and crystal clear sea make for a heavenly atmosphere. Moreover, there are numerous restaurants located on the beach where you can try Spaghetti alla Nerano and various other local specialties.
  7. SANT’AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI
    Sant’Agata is the largest fraction of Massa Lubrense, it is located between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. In fact, its name derives from its location. In this area you can visit:
    Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie: founded in the mid-1700s, on the inside it preserves the statue of Sant’Agata and some paintings of the sixteenth century;
    Monastery of San Paolo al Deserto: a structure inhabited by a group of cloistered nuns. It is the highest point of Sant’Agata, therefore, if you climb the tower you can admire the meeting of the two gulfs, enclosed in a surprising and unforgettable view. At sunset, the panorama takes on a romantic connotation that is simply unique. 
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San Costanzo’s Church

2ND DAY

During the second day of the trip, you could go on an excursion and hike through the paths. Consult this page for more detailed information on trekking.

  1. PUNTA CAMPANELLA
    The route starts from Piazza Santa Croce in Termini and ends with the arrival at the tower of Punta Campanella from which you can admire the island of Capri.
  2. BAIA DI IERANTO
    Starting from Nerano you arrive at the wonderful Ieranto’s Bay. The path is an immersion between land and sea: you pass through the vegetation until you reach the bay and admire the crystal clear sea.
  3. FIORDO DI CRAPOLLA
    It is the most challenging route of the three but the effort will be rewarded by the unforgettable view. From the beginning of the path, you can see the Li Galli islets, the Vetara and the Isca islets, as well as the Crapolla tower. To get to the end of the path you have to go down a staircase of about 700 steps until you reach the sea.
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Punta Campanella

3RD DAY

The last of the 3 days can be dedicated to the gastronomic experience in farmhouses and relaxing on the beach.

Massa Lubrense has a wide range of agritourism structures and farms that can be visited. Hospitality is not the only attraction of the place, in fact, each company is unique in its kind and involves the customer by offering different activities. Last but not least, each structure offers a great variety of local culinary specialties that you will not find somewhere else, such as ‘Provolone del Monaco’ or olive oil.

After spending half a day in the countryside, the other half can be spent on the beaches of Massa Lubrense. Marina di Puolo is located at the beginning of the Lubrense coast and continuing on there are Marina della Lobra, Cala di Mitigliano, Marina del Cantone, Recommone Bay.

Eventually, you can decide to do a sporting activity such as a kayak ride or scuba diving.

What if 3 days in Massa Lubrense aren’t enough for you? You can always come back!

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Lemon grove
Traveling, for many, means wearing the clothes of a tourist and holding the camera, but if your goal is to explore a destination in first person, you have to immerse yourself in the explorer's perspective.
I invite you to become a curious traveler and take the most that this place has to offer.


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5 unmissable dishes of local cuisine

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di Miriam Russo

Uno dei punti di maggiore forza del territorio è sicuramente la cucina, che, con la sua grande varietà di prodotti, è in grado di rispondere a tutti i gusti e palati, regalando un’esperienza unica e irripetibile.
Di seguito, 5 piatti imperdibili della cucina locale, che vi consigliamo di assaggiare e gustare in particolar modo dopo esservi dedicati all’esplorazione che gli intensi paesaggi di Massa Lubrense offrono.

Zeppoline di alghe
L’antipasto ideale per iniziare a conoscere la gustosa cucina locale sono le zeppoline di alghe: si tratta di frittelle di “pasta cresciuta (denominazione tipica napoletana che indica la pasta lievitata) a cui vengono aggiunte le alghe di mare. Il connubio dona un caratteristico ed unico profumo di mare. La loro semplicità le rende adatte a qualsiasi occasione e gusto personale.

Uno dei 5 piatti imperdibili della cucina locale: spaghetti alla Nerano

Spaghetti alla Nerano
Classico della cucina napoletana, nonché primo piatto che prende il nome dall’omonima frazione di Massa Lubrense, gli spaghetti alla Nerano sono quasi un simbolo del territorio locale. Sono fatti con zucchine, prima fritte e poi unite al basilico, e provolone, con varianti che prevedono anche l’utilizzo del burro e della caciotta. Anche questo un piatto semplice, ma squisito.


Ravioli alla caprese
Come alternativa, un altro validissimo primo piatto sono i ravioli alla caprese. Il trio di basilico, mozzarella filante e pomodori rende questa pietanza completa e saporita. Con la sua semplicità, ma allo stesso tempo bontà, permetterà di portare in tavola sapore e tradizione, conquistando anche i palati più difficili.

Piatti imperdibili: pesce spada alla brace, condito con sale, olio, limone e foglie d'alloro

Pesce spada alla brace
Il quarto dei nostri 5 imperdibili della cucina locale è il pesce spada alla brace. Questo secondo piatto è tra i più prelibati della tradizione. Il pesce spada ha un gusto intenso e piacevole al palato, gusto che viene esaltato dalla marinatura all’olio d’oliva, succo di limone, aglio e prezzemolo. La cottura alla griglia, poi, risalta ancor di più odori e sapori di questa ricetta semplice, ma deliziosa. Sicuramente tra i piatti più consigliati.


Piatti imperdibili: monoporzione di delizia al limone

Delizia al limone
Per concludere il pranzo ideale all’insegna del buon gusto e della tradizione, immancabile è la delizia al limone. Si tratta di un dolce delicato, caratteristica dovuta alla crema di limoncello, ma allo stesso tempo deciso, tratto distintivo dei limoni che la compongono. Questi ultimi permettono di rinfrescare, ripulire e gustare contemporaneamente. Il tutto unito a del soffice pan di Spagna, che crea le fondamenta del dolce perfetto.


Tutto questo è solo un assaggio di ciò che la terra e la cucina di Massa Lubrense hanno da offrire, un ipotetico menù per conoscere meglio i suoi prodotti e, allo stesso tempo, le sue radici. L’incontro perfetto tra bontà e storia che chiunque dovrebbe avere il piacere di scoprire.


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Sagra del Limone Massa Lubrense - 2018 limoncello

Festivals: an opportunity to get to know the area

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written by Claudia Fontana

Festivals are popular local celebrations that generally arise from a religious festivity, often to commemorate a saint. They are generally animated by music, fun activities and excellent cuisine. In Massa Lubrense there are several festivals throughout the year: here you can taste the best products of our land.

Zucchini Festival

It takes place on the second Sunday of July in the village of Acquara to celebrate the patron saint St. Vito. The day of St. Vito is actually celebrated on June 15th, but it is customary to carry out the festival in July. The most important moment is certainly the procession that passes through the whole village. Among the delicious foods that you can eat, there are many zucchini-based dishes such as the famous parmigiana and spaghetti alla Nerano.

Lemon Festival

Among the most famous festivals in the area there is certainly the lemon festival. It is held in July and is dedicated to one of the typical products of our land: lemon. You can taste various dishes and lemon-based specialties such as sorbet and risotto and you can also try the famous limoncello.

Snail Festival

Also very famous is the snail festival held on June 29th in Monticchio. The festival takes place on the occasion of the feast of St. Peter. There is, at first, a long procession followed by the Massa Lubrense music band. Then during the festival, in addition to pleasant musical performances and various activities for the youngest, you can taste the delicious snails.

Potato Festival

It takes place in the village of Termini to celebrate San Costanzo. It is held in July and usually lasts for a weekend. The main product is the potato, which is the basis of all dishes, from the starter to the dessert. Among the specialties are croquette, potato ravioli and Neapolitan staples.

Tomato festival

It takes place on the first Sunday of August in the village of Torca to celebrate the patron saint, St. Anna. As for the zucchini festival, also in this case the feast of the saint is actually on a different day, that is, July 26th. The tomato can be tasted in many traditional and non-traditional recipes, all accompanied by music and fun.

Fiordilatte Festival

On the occasion of the patronal feast of St. Salvatore, on August 6th, the Fiordilatte Festival is held in the village of Schiazzano. Fiordilatte is one of the typical cheeses of Massa Lubrense but you can also taste the famous provolone del monaco and a great variety of local dairy products.

Eggplant Festival

The festival is held on August 15th in the village of Marina della Lobra to celebrate the feast of the Madonna dell’Assunta. For the religious anniversary, a procession takes place by sea to the rock of Vervece. Afterwards, in the evening, you can enjoy various eggplant-based dishes, including the famous chocolate eggplants.


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Trekking: 10 tips for beginners

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di Angela della Ventura

Intervista a Michele Palomba

Una delle attività più suggestive da fare a Massa Lubrense è sicuramente il trekking. Spesso succede che, pur volendo cominciare a camminare, si rimandi di continuo perché non si sa da dove iniziare. È proprio per questo motivo che abbiamo intervistato un esperto del settore, Michele Palomba, che ci ha fornito 10 preziosi consigli per godere al meglio di questa meravigliosa esperienza.

1. Oggetti fondamentali da avere sempre con noi

Al contrario di ciò che potremmo pensare, non serve portarsi dietro un’infinità di oggetti, spesso anche ingombranti. Basta, infatti, lo stretto necessario da tenere in uno zainetto, poiché è importante avere le mani libere per un equilibrio migliore o per aiutarci a procedere su percorsi particolarmente difficili.
Questi oggetti sono:

  • una borraccia;
  • degli snack;
  • degli occhiali da sole;
  • un cappellino:
  • un ricambio in caso di cattivo tempo o anche solo per potersi cambiare dopo aver sudato (importanti i calzini);
  • un capo caldo;
  • un capo impermeabile;
  • una torcia frontale, utile soprattutto in inverno, quando il sole tramonta abbastanza presto;
  • il cellulare sempre carico;
  • un piccolo kit di ponto soccorso;
  • i bastoncini.

2. Cosa mettere nel kit di pronto soccorso

kit pronto soccorso

In quanto a medicinali è opportuno portare con sé quelli assunti giornalmente, prescritti dal medico per eventuali patologie, o ad esempio antistaminici in caso di allergie. È molto importante non somministrare ad amici o addirittura sconosciuti i nostri farmaci personali (in particolare in questa circostanza, anche se è bene non farlo mai), soprattutto se non sono stati mai assunti prima.
Nel vero e proprio kit, che è consigliabile tenere in un sacchetto a tenuta stagna (quelli per alimenti), vanno invece inserite poche cose, ma indispensabili per le piccole ferite che ci si può causare sul percorso:

  • cerotti di differenti misure, per piccole escoriazioni;
  • disinfettante, ponendo attenzione alla dicitura “per cute lesa”;
  • garze e nastri, per medicare le eventuali ferite;
  • pinzetta per la cura personale, utile a estrarre piccole schegge dalle ferite;

Sono, ovviamente, facoltativi altri presidi medici, che è però possibile portare con sé nel caso in cui si sia qualificati per utilizzarli.

3. Abbigliamento più indicato per questo tipo di attività

Uno dei consigli più scontati, ma anche il più utile, è quello di vestire a strati con capi che, indossati da soli, non risultino particolarmente caldi o pesanti, ma che, ben stratificati, possano dare il giusto comfort al corpo in ogni momento della camminata.
Partendo dalla base, a seconda della stagione, metteremo una maglietta a manica corta o una termica a maniche lunghe; proseguendo è sempre utile, in ogni stagione, un pile, per la brezza e per le zone in ombra. Sempre in base alla stagione, uno strato ulteriore è quello composto dal piumino in inverno e dalla giacca a vento in primavera/estate , che può essere facilmente indossato o tolto a seconda della situazione esterna.
Come tessuti, sono sconsigliati il denim e quelli felpati, poiché impiegano davvero molto tempo ad asciugarsi nel caso in cui ci si sia bagnati attraversando un ruscello o a causa della pioggia.
Consigliati sono invece i tessuti traspiranti, freschi, più indicati per qualunque tipo di sport per l’asciugatura rapida e la resistenza.

4. Che tipo di scarpe indossare

Le scarpe sono l’elemento fondamentale dell’equipaggiamento di un escursionista, anche se spesso vengono bistrattate perché il loro reale valore viene sottovalutato.
Infatti è importante utilizzare sempre delle scarpe apposite per questo tipo di attività, anche su percorsi che all’apparenza risultano facili, proprio perché il loro scopo è quello di aiutarci a camminare.
All’inizio possono risultare dure, ma questa loro durezza è studiata appositamente per dare sostegno a tutto il corpo; al contrario le sneakers, o le scarpe da passeggio, con la loro cedevolezza non ci garantiscono sostegno ed equilibrio, anche se di primo impatto ci risultano più comode.
Hanno, ancora, una suola scolpita per permettere un’ottima presa su qualsiasi tipo di terreno.
Infine un consiglio, soprattutto per coloro che sono alle prime armi, è quello di acquistare scarponi alti, anche se ci sembrano inutili e troppo costosi; sono infatti studiati appositamente per attutire qualsiasi tipo di infortunio, poiché sorreggono molto meglio la caviglia rispetto a quelli bassi, avvolgendola completamente.

5. Consigli per scegliere il percorso più adatto ad ogni esigenza

Ci sono diversi modi per poter capire come soddisfare al meglio ogni nostra esigenza: ci si può, infatti, affidare sia a guide cartacee che a guide online. C’è anche la possibilità di rivolgersi a chi è più esperto, come per esempio un amico, una guida o una pro loco. Tra i consigli c’è quello di non affidarsi mai a siti dove chiunque può caricare le tracce dei percorsi, poiché non potremmo mai sapere in che condizioni è la strada da percorrere, quale sia il livello di esperienza necessario per poterlo affrontare. Altro suggerimento è quello di non affidarsi alla massa, quindi non scegliere un determinato percorso perché è, a detta d’altri, più semplice o solo perché viene scelto da molte persone.

6. Consigli su come prepararsi al meglio

Hiking in Massa Lubrense

Potrebbe essere molto utile seguire un corso base di escursionismo per avere familiarità con il gergo tecnico, per la valutazione tecnica del fondo che ci si troverà davanti, del dislivello in salita che si dovrà affrontare; questo ci aiuterà, quindi, a scegliere un percorso soddisfacente sia a livello paesaggistico, ma che soddisfi soprattutto le nostre capacità fisiche, per non trasformare questa esperienza meravigliosa in qualcosa di sgradevole.
Per quanto riguarda la preparazione fisica, chi è alle prime armi può fare passeggiate per allenare il corpo a quella che sarà la salita, ma anche semplicemente, per chi non ha la possibilità di dedicarsi giornalmente all’attività fisica, prediligere le scale all’ascensore.

7. Come controllare le previsioni meteo

Quello delle previsioni meteo è un argomento molto discusso e delicato da affrontare. Le varie applicazioni per smartphone sono un ottimo mezzo a cui affidarsi per avere un quadro generale della situazione. Però bisogna sempre ricordare che in aperta natura, e specialmente in montagna, le condizioni meteo variano repentinamente e in modo imprevisto. È infatti molto probabile che sulle vette delle montagne si verifichino temporali isolati, che sono impossibili da prevedere.
Non bisogna però demonizzare le escursioni sotto la pioggia, cosa che a volte spaventa; con le dovute precauzioni, infatti, è un’esperienza unica e molto suggestiva.

8. Come affrontare un’escursione con dei bambini

Anche per i bambini è molto bello il contatto con la natura grazie alle passeggiate in montagna. Bisogna, ovviamente, avere un occhio di riguardo in queste specifiche situazioni, soprattutto con bambini particolarmente vispi e curiosi. Alcuni dei consigli sono quelli di prediligere il periodo primaverile ed estivo, quando il meteo è generalmente più clemente, ma anche di scegliere percorsi semplici e ben ombreggiati per evitare affaticamento, infortuni e colpi di calore. Per invogliarli lo si può trasformare in un gioco, durante il quale si sentiranno piccoli esploratori, e ciò li spingerà sicuramente a voler ripetere con piacere questa esperienza e, perché no, ad amare la natura e le escursioni.

9. A chi è possibile rivolgersi per trovare compagni di avventura

Le escursioni organizzate da guide ambientali escursionistiche professioniste sono il modo migliore per iniziare, se si è da soli, anche per ricevere consigli utili sull’equipaggiamento o sulla difficoltà dei percorsi. Anche quelle organizzate da enti di promozione del territorio sono utili per fare conoscenza con altri appassionati del settore. Queste sono vere e proprie escursioni di conoscenza, volte alla scoperta del territorio e, per questo quasi sempre, molto semplici, ma altrettanto interessanti.

10. Consigli su blog o pagine escursionistiche da seguire

Blog

La pagina di Michele, “hikeandseek“, è sicuramente tra quelle fondamentali da seguire per poter immergersi completamente nel mondo dell’escursionismo. È molto utile seguire anche le varie pagine escursionistiche della regione, del comune e delle pro loco. Spesso ce ne sono anche di specifiche in base alla catena montuosa o alla zona e sono sicuramente le migliori da seguire per trovare informazioni sullo stato dei sentieri e dove vengono segnalate frane o la vegetazione particolarmente alta in un dato punto di un sentiero.

Quindi, come si è potuto constatare, l’escursionismo è un’attività adatta a tutti, grandi e piccini, esperti o meno esperti, divertente e, soprattutto, salutare per tutto il corpo.

Siete pronti a percorrere insieme a noi i sentieri più suggestivi di Massa Lubrense?


Michele Palomba

Guida escursionistica locale e collaboratore della Pro Loco Massa Lubrense



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1 day travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense

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written by Miriam Russo

Massa Lubrense territory is full of surprises: panoramic views, history and beauty combine creating a breathtaking experience. In this article, we recommend you a travel itinerary for one day to discover the wonders of this place and its surroundings (more easily by car).

Massa Centro

Our journey starts from the Municipality of Massa Lubrense capital, Massa Centro. Not only will the tourist office give you all the useful information to visit the place, but here you will be able to start admiring a small part of what this place has to offer. In fact, in the main square, or Largo Vescovado, you will find one of the many churches and chapels of Massa Lubrense: the Former Cathedral Santa Maria delle Grazie. In addition, in the same place, there is the unmissable panoramic point, “il Pennino” which offers a suggestive view of the Capri and Ischia islands.

First step of our travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense and surroundings of 1 day: the Former Cathedral Santa Maria delle Grazie in Massa Centro
Panoramic point "il Pennino" in Massa Centro

Marina della Lobra

The characteristic and suggestive seaside village of Marina della Lobra is just a little farther than a kilometer from our starting point. It is a fishermen’s village that owes its name to the Church of Madonna della Lobra which surmounts it. What will immediately catch your attention are undoubtedly the colorful houses of the place and the stairway that leads directly to the sea. It is the ideal place for the first break on our journey, to enjoy a sensational view of the Mediterranean sea.

Colorful houses and small boats in the seaside village of Marina della Lobra

Termini

After having returned to Massa Centro, our travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense leads us towards Termini. Walking across Marciano, you will already be able to enjoy the panoramic points along the road. In fact, the specific rest areas on the way will allow you to take a look at the island of Capri, which gradually gets closer.
But the wonders do not end here: once in Termini, reaching the Monte San Costanzo, it will be possible to enjoy the panorama that the highest point of the Sorrento peninsula offers. After having left the car in the pine forest just below the top of the mountain, a short walk will lead you to the Church of San Costanzo. Here, a 360-degree view of the gulfs of Naples and Salerno will await you.

Panoramic point on Monte San Costanzo

Marina del Cantone

Once off Termini, the next stop we recommend you to follow is Marina del Cantone, with its beaches and gastronomic tradition. In fact, at the end of this first-morning phase of our journey, this is the ideal place to find refreshment and relax. It will doubtless be amazing to swim in its crystal clear water or to enjoy a tasty lunch based on local specialties, such as the unmissable “spaghetti alla Nerano”.

One of the wonderful beaches in Marina del Cantone

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Last but not least stop of our suggestive itinerary is Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. Its name tells us something more about its position. In fact, it is located right on the central hill between Napoli and Sorrento’s Gulfs. From there, another impressive view, in the area called Deserto, will leave you speechless: the wonderful sunset enjoyable from the Monastery of San Paolo in Deserto will conclude this travel at the limit between physical and sensory experience.

View on Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, last recommended step of the travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense and surroundings

This is how our travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense ends. We also recommend you let yourself be guided by our interactive map. This will help you discover more and more about the wonders of this place.


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Schiazzano: discovering the Provolone del Monaco

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written by Claudia Fontana

Schiazzano is a small hamlet of Massa Lubrense and is one of the major production sites of Provolone del Monaco. The village, which has always been related to maritime trade, was in the past among the richest villages of Massa Lubrense. Today the inhabitants of Schiazzano continue to base their main activity on trade, agricultural activities and the production of typical products of the area.

The main center of the village is the church of SS. Salvatore, patron saint of Schiazzano. Built at the end of the sixteenth century on the remains of a fifteenth-century church, it was completed around 1624, as indicated by the date on the pediment of the entrance. The church represents the meeting center of the inhabitants of Schiazzano. Many of the restaurants and bars of the area overlook the square in front of the church.

Schiazzano, like the other hamlets of Massa Lubrense, is famous for its excellent gastronomy. Here you can taste the typical products of our land and try the traditional dishes.

On the occasion of the patronal feast of SS. Salvatore, on August 6th, the Fiordilatte Festival is held in the village of Schiazzano. Fiordilatte is another of the typical cheeses produced in the Massa Lubrense area. During the festival you can taste a great variety of local cheeses, which can be enjoyed plain or in traditional recipes, where they are used as the main ingredients.

In particular, the village is known for the production of Provolone del Monaco (= monk’s provolone), a specialty of the many dairies in the area.

Who is the “monk”?

This cheese has been produced since 1700 when, following the urban expansion of the city of Naples, the shepherds who lived on the Vomero moved to the Lattari Mountains and began to exploit the large pastures of the area.

Provolone del Monaco was produced in our lands and transported to Naples by sea. During their journey the transporters, to protect themselves from the cold and humidity, used to cover themselves with a large cloak similar to the one worn by the monks. Since then, the people who worked at the port of Naples began to call the transporter “Monaco” (= monk) and his cheese “Provolone del Monaco”.

The cheese is obtained with a more cooked curd than the caciocavallo. Maturation is slow and does not require the addition of preservatives or enzymes. The seasoning, which can also take place in the cave according to the production disciplinary, starts from a minimum of six months. There are many companies that, from Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense, have formed a protection consortium bringing this product to national and international attention.


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Typical Easter dishes in Massa Lubrense

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written by Eleonora Aiello

Massa Lubrense is known not only for its cultural, historical and landscape resources, but also for its gastronomy. In particular, given the imminent arrival of Easter, we will go and see which are the main dishes of the Easter tradition in this area.

Salty “casatiello”

Casatiello, a name that derives from the Latin caseus (= cheese), is one of the savory dishes par excellence of the Easter holidays. Inside we can find a mix of cheeses, lard, cracklings and various cold cuts. All then garnished with unshelled hard-boiled eggs that are woven into the dough as a decoration.

Casatiello guarnito con cubetti di salame, prosciutto, mozzarella e uova sode.

Sweet “casatiello”

It is a recipe that is handed down from family to family, each with its own secrets and procedures.
Compared to the salty casatiello it has a much longer and more elaborate preparation. It has a leavening process that can last for days, thanks to the use of “criscito” which in the Neapolitan dialect is nothing more than the mother yeast, which allows it to be stored for many days without losing its soft consistency.

Pastiera

It is one of the oldest Easter desserts on the peninsula. Its origins date back to pagan cults, prepared to celebrate the arrival of spring. It is a shortcrust pastry pie with a filling made of ricotta, boiled wheat, eggs, spices and candied fruit. The pastry of the pastiera is crunchy, in contrast to its soft gold-colored filling which has a flavor and scent that vary according to the aromas used. The classic version involves the use of cinnamon and orange blossom water, but this does not prevent you from trying different aromas.

Roasted artichokes

They have always been considered the classic side dish of the Easter lunch. To prepare roasted artichokes, you need large, hairless, thornless artichokes with a long, straight stem. They are flavored with oil, garlic and parsley, and then cooked directly on the coals.

Carciofi arrostiti Piatti Pasqua

The handmade Easter egg

The choice of the Easter egg as a symbol of this holiday is linked to the fact that the egg is seen as a symbol of life. All the children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this day in order to finally be able to break the chocolate eggs and unwrap the surprise. The eggs have been made to celebrate Easter since 1850 and are used only in Italy or in countries where there are large Italian communities.

Today, the Massa Lubrense pastry shops prepare artisan chocolate eggs of all sizes and for all tastes. A gift appreciated not only by children!

Handmade Easter dove cake

It was Dino Villani, advertising director of the Milanese company Motta, who, in the 1930s, invented a dessert similar to panettone, but intended for the Easter holidays. Since then, the Easter dove cake has spread to the tables of all Italians, and even far beyond the borders of Italy. The original dough, based on flour, butter, eggs, sugar and candied orange peel, with a rich almond glaze, has subsequently taken on different shapes and variations.

Piatti del menù di Pasqua

Easter menu with traditional dishes

For those who have no idea what to cook for Easter Sunday lunch, here is a menu to take inspiration from.

  • Appetizer: casatiello, various cold cuts, cheeses and vegetables;
  • First courses: lasagna or baked pasta;
  • Second courses: lamb in the oven or mixed grilled meats with potatoes or vegetables;
  • Desserts: pastiera and chocolate eggs.

These are the typical dishes of an Easter lunch in Massa Lubrense, but nothing prevents you from being able to create a personalized menu based on your preferences.

Buon appetito!


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Spring in Massa Lubrense

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written by Eleonora Aiello

Spring in Massa Lubrense is one of the best times to walk, relax and enjoy the open air.

The long-awaited spring, which chases away the cold and rain of winter, can only make Massa Lubrense a perfect setting for all the activities that can be done in this beautiful season.

Finally the temperatures rise and the sun begins to warm us. If before they ranged from 6°C to 12°C, now they range from 10°C to 25°C.

In spring in Massa Lubrense you can enjoy wonderful days in complete tranquility, as beaches and tourist places are not too crowded.

Spring is also the perfect season for trekking lovers as the climate is ideal for walking and discovering magnificent places. Nature returns to blossom and the views are filled with the colors of flowering.

Massa Lubrense in April

Average temperature: 15°C (59°F)

Average sea temperature: 16°C (61°F)

With daylight saving time, the days get longer and the sunset, which at the end of March is around 19:20, arrives until 20:00: we have many hours of sunshine in April.

There are endless activities you can do on sunny days: visiting historic centers, taking walks in nature, and relaxing outdoors.

Massa Lubrense in May

Average temperature: 19°C (66°F)

Average sea temperature: 19°C (66°F)

Light clothes are back, people want to be outside and the outdoor tables of bars and restaurants are starting to fill up. Walking is pleasant, both in nature and in the towns. There is more excitement on the streets, but without crowds.

The most daring can already start taking their first baths when the sun and temperatures allow it. The beautiful beaches of Massa Lubrense will not be crowded at all!

Massa Lubrense in June

Average temperature: 24°C (75°F)

Average sea temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Temperatures rise and we can finally enjoy a month of sun and sea. It is the perfect time for boat or canoe trips, diving, and snorkeling.

A nice dip is the well-deserved reward for walks in the Ieranto Bay or the Crapolla Fjord. From the viewpoints of Massa Lubrense, the appointment with the sunset is at 20:30.

Meteorological data 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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Torre Punta Campanella Tower

Saracen towers in Massa Lubrense

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written by Eleonora Aiello

The territory of Massa Lubrense is dotted with coastal guard towers, the so-called “Saracen towers”. They are the testimony of a sighting and defense system built to protect the population from pirate raids.

History

The watchtowers on the territory of Massa Lubrense were built in different periods: during the Longobard-Norman period (IX century), under the Angevins (1266 -1442) who were the first to devise a real defensive system, and with the Aragonese (1442-1503) who continued the work.

Saracen pirates began to attack our coasts during the 9th century. With unprecedented ferocity, they pillaged and destroyed villages, kidnapped men, women, and children to sell them as slaves.

In 1500 the raids by Saracen, Barbary, and Turkish pirates became more frequent. In addition to attacking merchant ships in the Mediterranean Sea, privateers landed on the beaches and went inland to look for villages to raid and Christians to kidnap.

Among the bloodiest incursions that occurred in the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, we remember the attack suffered by Cetara (1534), the massacre of Conca dei Marini (1543), the Turkish invasion of Massa Lubrense and Sorrento (1558), the Turkish invasion of Vietri (1587).

Thus it was that the coastal fortifications became more and more necessary. In fact, it is during the period of the Spanish viceroyalty that most of the towers still existing today were built. In 1563 Don Parfan de Ribera Duca d’Alcalà issued an edict that imposed the construction of coastal towers manned by military personnel on all the coasts of the Kingdom of Naples.

However, the large project was never completed, either due to lack of funds or due to the start of the battle of Lepanto, which required numerous galleys from the Turkish fleet. The towers gradually lost their strategic importance and were used for other purposes.

Tower of Crapolla – Photo by Giovanni Gargiulo

Characteristics

The towers of the Angevin period were cylindrical in shape, high, with not very thick masonry, and mainly had a guard function. They were used to signal the arrival of pirates with fires or smoke signals. In this way, the population was warned to seek shelter in the woods, caves, or fortifications.

With the intensification of the attacks, it was necessary to make the towers more resistant and massive; a square plan was preferred, with a greater thickness of the masonry on the external side. The first series of lookout towers were gradually replaced by defense towers, armed with cannons and manned by a guardhouse commanded by the guardian of the tower.

The defensive system implied that each tower was built in such a position as to be visible from the closest one so that the danger signals could be more effective and faster.

To mark the transition from one form to another was the introduction of artillery, which made it essential to change these fortifications. The artillery was placed on the square and not inside the tower since the gases and fumes released by the weapons would have damaged them due to the lack of saturation. The square tower was more functional than the cylindrical one also because it allowed containing more weapons.

Tower Minerva – Photo by Giovanni Gargiulo

What remains?

Numerous testimonies of these ancient defensive structures survive in the Sorrento peninsula. Some Saracen towers are nothing more than ruins, due to the lack of maintenance, while others, subjected to recovery interventions, have been adapted to the most diverse uses.

Torri saracene

The main Saracen towers

Nine towers still exist along the coast of Massa Lubrense. Along the Neapolitan side of the Massa coast, there are those of Capo Massa, Capo Corbo, San Lorenzo, Fossa di Papa, and Minerva. The others, Montalto, Nerano, Recommone, and Crapolla, are instead on the Salerno side.

Massa Lubrense is also rich in internal defense structures, built on the hilly belt. Examples are the “Torrione”, a structure built to defend the former Jesuit college, and the tower-houses, erected mainly by private individuals. The population used the towers even after the Saracen raids: Torre Turbolo, in the village of Annunziata, was the seat of the Pawnshop in the seventeenth century; Torre Ghezi, near Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, served as a refuge during the Second World War.

Map of the Saracen towers on the coast of Massa Lubrense


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Products of Massa Lubrense

The typical products of Massa Lubrense

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The mild climate and the fertility of the lands of Massa Lubrense make this place rich and unique for the products that are produced. Since ancient times, in the area, very tasty fruits, cereals but above all oil and wine have been cultivated. The latter, according to the historian Cesare Capaccio, who lived between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the Kingdom of Naples, as well as being of excellent quality, it was “light and useful to the sick”. Nowadays the salad tomatoes, oil, cheeses, apples and lemons of Massa are very popular among citizens and visitors.

The tomato of Massa Lubrense has an intense red color and perfectly matches with the fiordilatte. Seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and a fresh basil leaf, it forms the famous Caprese, a delight for the most refined palates. Its cultivation dates back to the early twentieth century when, bringing the lemons to America, the sailors of the area imported the seeds.

The extra virgin olive oil, another one among the native products, comes from the olives of the wonderful olive groves sloping down to the sea. Its cultivation dates back to ancient times, and pilgrims, who brought the oil as a gift to the goddess Minerva in a sanctuary in Massa dedicated to her, believed that she was the inventor of olives and oil. Its color is yellow, tending to green, fluid, balanced and sweet, not very acidic.

The fiordilatte and the provolone del monaco are the specialties of the many dairies in the area. The latter has been produced since 1700 and is obtained with a more cooked curd than caciocavallo. Maturation is slow and does not require the addition of preservatives or enzymes. From Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense, many factories that produce provolone del monaco have formed a protection consortium bringing this product to national and international attention.

Another one among the products of this land is the famous limoncella apple. Of ancient origin, this type of apple is mainly linked to the village of Sant’Agata sui due golfi. The apple is named in this way because of its tart aroma, which is reminiscent of citrus fruits. It is also often used in the preparation of jams and pies.

But it is the prince of citrus fruits, the lemon, that is the most famous product of Massa Lubrense: it has a yellow pulp and is rich in essential oils and vitamin C. In the famous Lemon festival, held every year in the summer months in the center of Massa, the lemon is used in a thousand ways, from appetizers to desserts, on pizza and with cheeses. The abundant juice and the thin perfumed peel make it an ideal product for granita and the famous limoncello.


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