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Religious tourism in Massa Lubrense

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written by Eleonora Aiello

Interview with Romina Amitrano

What is meant by religious tourism?

Religious tourism falls within the category of cultural tourism and is a form of tourism that concerns famous places from a religious and cultural point of view.

It is also cultural because most of the religious monuments in Italy hold wonderful works of art.

What is the difference between religious tourism and pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage differs from religious tourism because its main motivation is faith. The pilgrims go on a spiritual quest, a kind of meditation, penance or vow.

Medieval pilgrimage is the first form of religious tourism and included long paths, such as the ‘Cammino de Santiago’ or the ‘Via Francigena’ which leads from France to Rome. Along these paths, the religious bodies gave pilgrims the opportunity to rest inside the monasteries or convents, as long as they were recognizable. Those who made the “Camino de Santiago” wore a necklace with a shell that served as a spoon, a stick and a large hat that protected them from rain and sun.

Pilgrimage is something that starts from faith, from meditation, and does not give importance the beauty of the place, unlike religious tourism.

Turismo religioso a Massa Lubrense

What are the main religious tourist attractions in Massa Lubrense?

In Massa Lubrense, with the ‘Museo Diffuso‘ project, we have created routes to be followed either on foot or by using public transport or car. Those who come to Massa Lubrense and are fond of walking can undertake these itineraries freely and independently thanks to the interactive maps.

The most important points to visit in Massa Lubrense are:

  • Ex Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie: it is located in the heart of the panoramic square of the Massa Lubrense’s center. Built in 1512, it was a bishopric until 1818, when the diocese was incorporated into the Archdiocese of Sorrento. The current structure of the building and the adjoining bishop’s palace is from the 18th century and has a beautiful majolica floor inside, the work of the Neapolitan “reggiola” master Ignazio Chiaiese. The ancient cathedral preserves a relic of San Cataldo, the patron saint of Massa Lubrense.
  • Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna della Lobra: it was built in 1564, it stands on a panoramic square overlooking the characteristic seaside village of Marina della Lobra. To the right of the entrance to the sanctuary, we can find the convent of the Franciscans of Assisi. Here it is possible to admire the characteristic cloister and a beautiful majolica floor inside the refectory. On the main altar, there is a fresco depicting the image of the Madonna della Lobra, previously located inside the ancient Lubrense cathedral that stood near the port, in the area called Fontanelle. The devotion of the people of Massa towards the Madonna della Lobra has always been great; in fact, the image of her is depicted inside the municipal coat of arms.
  • Church of Monticchio and Santissimo Rosario Monastery: the complex is located in the area below the current square of the small village of Monticchio. Its construction, strongly desired by Sister Cristina Olivieri, dates back to 1723. Inside the convent, it is possible to admire an authentic masterpiece made with eighteenth-century majolica. These are three panels positioned vertically along the walls of the cloister and produced by the famous “reggiola” master Ignazio Chiaiese. The same author created the floor of the adjacent church that is still well preserved and on which marvelous representations of flowers and fruits can be admired.
  • Church and Convent of San Francesco di Paola: the complex was founded thanks to the will of the Liparulo family in 1582, on the site where there was an ancient chapel dedicated to Saints Processo and Martiniano. The church floor and the sacristy are decorated with eighteenth-century majolica and the bell tower is formed by an ancient defense tower incorporated within the structure.
  • Monastery of San Paolo: its construction dates back to 1679. Currently, the Benedictine Sisters of San Paolo are housed there. [] Beautiful is the panorama that can be enjoyed from the pine forest in front of the building and from the viewpoint of the monastery.
  • Chapel of San Sebastiano: it is located in the small hamlet of Pastena and rises near a rich stream that originates from the nearby desert hill. It was built in the 15th century on the occasion of a plague and restored in 1656 following a plague outbreak.
  • Chapel of Santa Maria a Tentarano: it is a small chapel located along the side of the desert hill that slowly slopes towards the hamlet of Acquara. The construction dates back to the 15th century, by the Aprea family and the origin of the term “Tentarano” is still unknown today. The stone chapel with its vaulted dome houses a beautiful fresco depicting the nursing Virgin on the small altar.
  • Chapel of San Costanzo: founded in the second half of 1500, it stands on the panoramic peak of the homonymous mountain. The small church can be reached on foot or by car from the hamlet of Termini and it is possible to visit its interior on the occasion of the religious celebrations dedicated to the saint. In particular, on May 14 and in July, when the traditional processions take place. On these occasions, the faithful carry the statue of San Costanzo from the parish church of Termini to the white chapel on the mountain.

What is the most suitable period for religious tourism in our location?

Religious tourism is a type of tourism that in Massa Lubrense can be experienced throughout the year. Certainly, from spring to autumn it is more suitable for those who like to combine the spiritual aspect linked to local traditions, often closely connected also to religious cults. An example is a festival held in Marina del Cantone on June 13, the day dedicated to St. Anthony. The faithful carry the statue of the Saint in procession by sea. After that, in the evening, a beautiful party takes place on the beach with music and tastings of products of the local gastronomic tradition.

Romina Amitrano

Teacher and hiking guide. With the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense, she carries out school projects in local schools.

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The panoramic points of Massa Lubrense

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written by Serena Lobianco

The Massa Lubrense’s territory can also be admired from above, that is from the top of the mountains and from the viewpoints. The landscape wonders are many and are scattered throughout the entire country. For this reason, we have selected a classification of 5 locations from which you can admire some of the panoramic points of Massa Lubrense.

  • Annunziata’s viewpoint
    In the picturesque setting of what was once the historic center of Massa Lubrense, there is the Belvedere of the small hamlet of Annunziata. The first step is to enter the village. Once you reach the Church of the Annunciation, you have to go down a short staircase to get to the lookout. At that point, the entire gulf of Naples immediately opens up to your view, from the island of Capri to Mount Vesuvius.
  • Termini’s lookout
    Among the panoramic points of Massa Lubrense, the viewpoint of Termini is a meeting point for lovers of the island of Capri. In fact, from the square of Termini you can enjoy the panorama of the crystal clear water interrupted by the evergreen island of Capri. The island seems so close that it almost seems to be able to touch it.
  • Monastero del Deserto 
    In Sant’Agata sui due golfi there is an exceptional panoramic point. In fact, along a pleasant walk along a tree-lined path you arrive at the Monastero del Deserto, on whose tower you can admire the unforgettable view of the gulfs of Naples and Salerno.
  • Monte San Costanzo
    You can reach the pinewood of Monte San Costanzo by car, or you have to take a path from Termini. Which is moderately tiring. However, this effort will be rewarded by the amazing view that the panorama reserves for us, once we arrive at the church of San Costanzo. Among the panoramic points of Massa Lubrense, this is certainly the most suggestive; because from here our gaze is not focused on a single direction but has a 360 ° view at its disposal.
  • Pennino
    The last panoramic point in our classification could only be the Pennino. From the top of the terrace, the observer can enjoy the view of the naturalistic spectacle offered by the Gulf of Naples and the island of Capri. In the twilight hours, the surrounding atmosphere is tinged with particular shades, which makes the experience romantic and evocative.
Pennino Massa centro

Once you have read the article, you just have to visit Massa Lubrense. By doing so, you will personally experience its panoramic spots and discover its many tourist destinations.

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Flavors to bring home: tasty souvenirs

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by Angela della Ventura

After spending a few days in this place surrounded by nature, what’s better than taking home some of Massa Lubrense’s typical flavors? From home-brewed limoncello to dairy products, let’s take a look at every delicacy which can allow you, thanks to the five senses, to travel back to Massa Lubrense for a few moments, even if it’s only with your mind.

Limoncello (lemon liqeur)

Massa Lubrense Flavors: limoncello

Limoncello brewed in Massa Lubrense is considered one of the most renowned in the world. Lemons used to produce it belong to the “femminiello” variety and differ from those found elsewhere along the Amalfi Coast due to their zest, which is thinner and more aromatic. Femminiello lemons are also the main protagonists of the Lemon Festival which takes place in Massa Lubrense each July. Limoncello is brewed by macerating zests of high-quality lemons in ethyl alcohol concentrated to about 90%. Limoncello is traditionally served after meals, due to its good digestive properties and its sweet flavor. It is a perfect gift idea, and it is also great as a souvenir that can bring fond memories of your stay in Massa Lubrense.

Provolone del Monaco DOP cheese

Massa Lubrense Flavors: Provolone del Monaco

It is one of the most sought-after dairy products in Massa Lubrense, to due its characteristic shape and its flavors. It is a spun paste cheese, mainly produced using milk from cows raised in Agerola. Milk is heated to obtain a type of curd cheese which is more cooked than the one used to produce Caciocavallo cheese. Provolone cheese is then seasoned slowly and for a long period of time, six months or more, without any addition of preservatives or lactic ferments. It bears a characteristic watermelon or pear shape, and its taste is aromatic and spicy.
Its name is derived from the capes that shepherds once wore to protect against the cold while delivering cheese from Vico Equense to the Metropolitan City of Naples. These capes resembled monk robes, as Monaco means monk in Italian.
In 2010, this type of cheese obtained the European Protected designation of origin.

Olive oil

Massa Lubrense Flavors: olive oil

The olive oil produced in Massa Lubrense is very popular and boasts an exclusive taste. It is made by pressing locally cultivated olives, coming from the Minucciolo or Cecinella variety, which are harvested between October and November each year. These olives are preferred because they are both cold and drought resistant. They are pressed using a continuous cycle press and the resulting oil has a green texture with golden reflections. Its flavor is unique and strong with hints of artichokes and brooms. By taking home this product, you will be able to enrich your meals with these unique flavors.


Massa Lubrense Flavors: wine

The vine used to produce it is cultivated at an average height of 4 meters, either with pergola or high espalier system. White wine and sparkling red wine represent the best-known type of wine produced using this vine. White wine is characterized by a straw yellow color of varying intensity and a delicate, pleasant bouquet. It is produced using 40% Falanghina vine, 20% of either Biancolella or Greco vine and 40% coming from other vines. Sparkling red vine comes with a lively yet faint red color and an intense and fruity aroma. It is produced using 40% Piedirosso vine, 20% of either Olivella or Aglianico vine and 40% coming from other vines. Both wines will be ideal to enrich both lunches and dinners, be the dishes based on meat or fish.

Limoncella apple jam

Massa Lubrense: Limoncella apple

This jam is produced using apples from Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, a variety which is nowadays hard to come by, although it used to be one of Massa Lubrense’s main trade products in the nineteenth century. These apples have a typical elliptical shape, the peel being thin and speckled, usually yellow but sometimes red. Their pulp is very fragrant, with a light, slightly lemon-like sour taste. Well ripened apples’ pulp becomes white. Limoncella apples are harvested between September and October and the jam produced using them lasts a long time.
An apple tart made using lemoncella apple jam is guaranteed to turn a common, almost trivial dessert into a unique delicacy with refined flavors.

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The coast of Massa Lubrense by kayak 

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written by Serena Lobianco

Interview with Luca Zuddas

Luca Zuddas is one of the co-founders of the “Chasing Syrens” company which organizes tours to safely explore the coast of Massa Lubrense in transparent kayaks.

  • Why choose to go on a kayak excursion in Massa Lubrense?

Massa Lubrense attracts many tourists also thanks to the beauty of its coasts. Furthermore, these are included in a large natural park, the Punta Campanella Marine Protected Area. The beauty of exploring our sea lies in being able to admire the coasts: kayaking allows you to get as close as possible to them.

Last but not least, driving a kayak is a physical activity, a further point in its favor.

  • What makes a kayak excursion along the coasts different from a boat trip?

I worked with boats for 20 years and with canoes for 6 years. I believe that these experiences are completely different. First of all, the boat allows you to reach a speed not comparable to that of a kayak and the boat is more popular with those who choose comfort as a priority. While a kayak excursion is preferred by those who also want to do sports. In addition, a kayaking experience brings us more in contact with nature and is a more eco-friendly approach with a view to respecting the sea.

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • Who are kayak excursions suitable for?

Definitely for everyone. However, there are some factors that need to be taken into account, such as physical strength. Although it does not require high-intensity physical exertion, it is always fundamental that the person who is going to ride the kayak is healthy and without any particular health problems.

  • Are there any requirements to be able to do it? Is there any necessary equipment?

In the first place, you need to learn some basic notions. A 15-minutes lesson before the kayak tour is sufficient. As for the equipment, we provide lifejackets which are essential for excursions in the open sea. Also, especially out of season, you may need to wear anoraks to protect yourself.

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • Are there tours with different degrees of difficulty? Examples?

There are several kinds of tours and they depend above all on the itinerary set. But it is not necessary to try very long itineraries to enjoy a good experience. All in all, this is also the beauty of Massa Lubrense. For example, from Marina del Cantone there are small itineraries that require 15 minutes and others more demanding that require 45 minutes, such as the tour to the Bay of Ieranto. The important thing is that those who approach this activity are aware of the physical effort required since the kayak has no engine!

  • At what age can we start?

The tourist kayak tour is not precluded to anyone, provided that you have reached the minimum age to be able to direct the kayak alone. On the other hand, I recommend entrusting a single-seat canoe to those who are at least 13/14 years old, but even in this case, it is important that they know how to swim. Secondly, with regard to a double canoe, one must always consider how much physical strength the partner who shares the kayak with the child has. In the case of the tour to the natural reserve of the Bay of Ieranto, for example, we believe it is necessary that you are at least 8 years old since a section of the path is in the open sea.

Alternatively, in the afternoon, we offer a shorter tour inside the bay of Marina del Cantone, especially appreciated by families with younger children.

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • What was your best moment spent on the kayak and where were you?

One of the most exciting moments was in the second year of starting my kayaking business. I was returning from the Bay of Ieranto, in the last stretch of the open sea, I was with a tourist with whom I shared the kayak. In that circumstance, at a distance of about 30 meters, we sighted a dolphin that soon after went away. Certainly, it is not something that happens every day and we felt lucky. At the same time, however, a bit of fear was added to the initial amazement because the size of the dolphin equals that of the kayak and if it had approached us, we could have taken risk!

In summary, a kayak trip will allow you to totally immerse yourself in the marine landscape of Massa Lubrense, giving you an experience in close contact with its elements. Thanks to Luca Zuddas we discovered that it is an activity accessible to all and safe thanks to the aid of specific precautions. Are you ready to take on this adventure?

Luca Zuddas

Kayak instructor and co-founder of Chasing Syrens, he offers transparent kayak excursions in Marina del Cantone.

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Ready for the Lemon Festival 2022

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Walkings, tastings and shows to celebrate one of the symbols of local gastronomy.

In Massa Lubrense we are preparing to host the lemon festival “Limoni in festa”, two days of good cuisine and traditions promoted by the association Pro Loco Massa Lubrense with the patronage and the city’s contribution: the appointment is for Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July, in Largo Vescovado. Now in its 46th edition, the event returns after two years of stop imposed by the pandemic.

Limoni in Festa 2022

The traditional “agropasseggiata” will open the program, on July 9 at 9 am. It is a walk on paths and alleys of the old town, among olive and lemon groves. In the evening, at 6:30 pm, the town center will come alive with the opening of the stands of crafts and typical products and the lemon tasting itinerary.

There will be shows: on Saturday at 9 pm the actor Gino Rivieccio will propose to the public his show ‘Da cosa nasce cosa’, while on Sunday at 9 pm the musical group ‘La Maschera’ will perform in the concert  ‘Sotto chi tene core’. “We couldn’t wait to organize our festival again – observes Anna Teresa Pappalardo, president of Pro Loco Massa Lubrense – I thank all those working for its realization with renewed enthusiasm, waiting to be all together in the square”. 

“The festival returns after two years of stop – emphasizes Antonino Esposito, managing director Agriculture of Massa Lubrense – with the aim of enhancing an extraordinary product such as the lemon of Massa Lubrense, the ‘femminiello’: oval, with a juicy straw-yellow pulp, a concentrate of vitamin C and mineral salts, with a skin rich in essential oils.”

The lemon festival is part of the frame of ‘Omaggio alla bellezza’, the cycle of summer events promoted by the city administration of Massa Lubrense: “With this review – concludes Giovanna Staiano, Councillor for Tourism Massa Lubrense – we have given rise to several initiatives for tourists and residents, which lead to the discovery and enhancement of our extraordinary land.”

For more information: Limoni in Festa 2022 – Massa Lubrense (

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Spaghetti alla Nerano, primo piatto tipico del luogo.

Culinary traditions: Spaghetti alla Nerano

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written by Claudia Fontana

Marina del Cantone, in Massa Lubrense, is famous for the spaghetti with fried zucchini which, since the beginning of the twentieth century, has taken the name of spaghetti alla Nerano.

The sauce is prepared with fried zucchini, basil and a mix of grated cheeses. As for the cheeses, the grandmothers used what they had at home, pecorino but above all parmesan or dry caciotta. The best restaurants in the area, on the other hand, often use Provolone del Monaco, a typical cheese of the Sorrento coast. This is a raw milk PDO cheese, containing at least 20% of Agerolese breeds milk and aged for six months or more. Furthermore, the creaminess of the dish is given by the fresh provolone curd which melts in contact with the cooking water of the pasta.

The famous pasta of Gragnano is used for this main course, especially the spaghettoni, but there are also versions with scialatielli or mezze maniche. This type of pasta is obtained by mixing wheat semolina with water from the Gragnano aquifer. It is then dried at a temperature between 40 and 80 degrees, for a period of six to sixty hours, obtaining those characteristics that make it special. It is necessary to use a good quality of pasta for a better result of the recipe, so that the starche released during cooking helps the formation of the sauce.

The zucchini, of course, are also important in the success of this dish, but you can use zucchini of different quality as long as they are organic and fried in extra virgin olive oil. The final touch, off the heat, requires the cooking water to mix the flavors and melt the cheeses. We are now going to give the recipe so that anyone can appreciate the flavor of the spaghetti alla Nerano even at home.

Recipe of the spaghetti alla Nerano

Doses for 4 people:

  • 400 g of spaghetti
  • 700 g of fresh zucchini
  • 80 g of grated Provolone del Monaco
  • 80 g of grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 40 g of grated Pecorino Romano
  • Fresh basil
  • 350 ml extra virgin olive oil + 150 ml peanut oil (for frying)
  • A clove of garlic
  • Salt and black pepper

First of all wash and dry the zucchini, slicing them into pieces about 2mm thick. Then fry them in the oil mixture at 180 degrees, until they are golden; drain the zucchini with a slotted spoon and lay them on a plate with absorbent paper or paper for fried foods. Salt, wash and dry the basil and place it on the freshly cooked zucchini. 

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water. Meanwhile, in a large aluminum pan, fry a clove of garlic over medium heat in a generous round of extra virgin olive oil. When it is just golden, remove the garlic and add the fried zucchini to the pan; letting them sizzle over a very low flame. 

Then drain the spaghetti al dente and reserve their water, add them to the pan and finish cooking by gradually adding about two cups of cooking water. A few seconds before removing it from the heat add the basil and black pepper. After that, pour the pasta and zucchini into another pan and quickly add the cheeses, stirring constantly and adjusting the density of the cream with more cooking water if necessary. Enjoy your meal!

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Turkish invasion in Massa Lubrense

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written by Miriam Russo

In 1558 the Turks were sailing in the waters of the Mediterranean in search of territorial conquers and goods to plunder. One of these sieges is the Turkish invasion of Massa Lubrense and Sorrento.

The invasion

On June 13, 1558 the Ottoman admiral Pialì Pascià and his fleet attacked and invaded the Sorrentine Peninsula causing a thousand deaths and taking at least 4,000 prisoners. Disembarking during the night on the beach of Marina del Cantone about 2,000 corsairs quickly climbed the promontory searching for farmhouses and other places to raid and plunder. The fleet was divided into three groups, forty ships landed at dawn at the foot of Massa Lubrense and another forty on the beach of Sorrento. The Saracens surprised the inhabitants of Massa in their sleep, making prisoners the few who managed to escape.
Despite the violent arrival and attacks, Massesi and Sorrentini fought to defend their homeland, but after 10 days of fighting, they surrendered before the power of the Turkish army.
It is quite “surprising” that none of the inhabitants of the Peninsula, including sentries and soldiers, had noticed the invasion. In fact, at the time, it was well known that the Turks had been sailing in the waters of the Mediterranean for several days. For this reason, it is said that it was a Turkish traitor, a slave to a noble family of Sorrento, who opened the gates of the city to invaders. The result was the destruction and sacking of the city and the capture of about 4,000 inhabitants who, locked up and huddled in the holds of the galleys, were taken to Constantinople to be sold at the market.

The coastal towers

After this terrible event, the viceroy of the Kingdom of Naples Don Parafan de Ribera had new and fortified watch towers built. In that period the fourteenth-century tower of the Gauls and the contemporary one of Punta Campanella were also rebuilt and improved. They were arranged so that each one of them was clearly visible from the other two nearby. In this way, it was possible to make signals with fire and smoke repeated in a chain from tower to tower in case of danger. At the same time, a guardian on horseback departed from other towers called “cavallare” to alert the inhabitants of the Casali.

One of the towers built after the Turkish invasion in Massa Lubrense in 1558

The legend

There is also a well-known legend linked to the Turkish invasion of 1558 regarding the bell of Punta Campanella. After the terrible events, on February 14, the day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of Sorrento, the devotees of Massa Lubrense went there in procession. From there, the tolling of a bell seemed to be heard coming from the depths of the sea. The stronger they were, the more agitated the sea was: therefore they signaled an imminent danger.

Turkish invasion in Massa Lubrense: Saracen tower of Punta Campanella

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Hiking for children: “Merende Itineranti” by Lucia Sessa

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written by Miriam Russo

Hiking is a very common activity nowadays. It is based on walks along paths surrounded by nature – usually on mountains. The aim is to explore and discover the territory, so as to see and live it even closer.
Not only is this kind of excursion widespread in Massa Lubrense area, but it is also expanded thanks to projects and events for adults and children. Especially the latter can get in touch with this exciting activity and, at the same time, get to know the territory. For that matter, one of the luckiest projects is “Merende Itineranti“, conceived by Lucia Sessa for the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense, to whom we asked some questions to find out more about hiking for children.

What is hiking and why is it the ideal activity for everyone

Hiking is generally the activity of walking, which differs from trekking in terms of times and duration: while trekking (which is also very popular in Massa Lubrense) includes excursions of several days, hiking takes place in one day only. Furthermore, hiking has its main focus on the movement, therefore it is mostly experienced as a sporting activity. Extending it to children, it allows them too to walk and move and to discover the territory at the same time.
It is ideal for everyone because – thanks to its short duration – it allows the little ones too to move without making too much effort. Moreover, as Lucia Sessa has highlighted, it helps to regain good breathing, which has great and positive consequences on both physical and psychological walkers’ condition.

Children group of Merende Itineranti

Hiking rules for kids

Although it is an activity that makes one free, hiking has its own rules too. They are based mostly on respect towards the surrounding nature and other people. For this reason, children are told to be silent during the walks and/or to stop at some points. This allows them to respect the common pace and to take time to breathe and observe what is around them, too. Another important rule is to follow and listen to the guide who describes interesting details along the road and points out any dangers.

Kids from the Merende Itineranti project walking and discovering

“Merende Itineranti” project

It’s a project born with the aim to create activities specifically for children during summertime. From the beginning, there was a double purpose: physical activity on one hand and discovery of the territory on the other. Over time, thanks to the positive feedback gained, Lucia Sessa and her team were able to diversify their excursion plans. They chose even longer paths which led them to farmhouses where kids were able to be in touch with animals and even learn about the local dairy production. At the very basis of the project, there is always the aim to get children involved, in fact, they carry out different tasks. In some experiences, for example, they have been able to discover particular locations and to see closely how the old crafts are still done nowadays.
Moreover, when it is time to have a snack, children are offered local biological products, with the purpose of taking care of nutrition too, which is another fundamental rule of hiking.

Hiking for children: learning and discovery activities in agritourisms provided by the Merende Itineranti project

First reactions and approaches

The first reaction to the project was undoubtedly positive and proactive: the children saw in the “Merende” an opportunity for sharing and a way to be together at the end of school. At the same time, their parents too found pleasure in learning about characteristics and features of the place that – in the habit of everyday life – they didn’t even notice. Over time, this has led to a growing will of participation which has made the project successful.

Activities and games played by the kids of the Merende Itineranti project

Age ranges for hiking for children

Hiking really is an activity within everyone’s reach. In fact, the children who participate to the “Merende Itineranti” project are aged from 5 years upwards. In cases of more difficult itineraries, the age group can change, but basically, it is an activity suitable for all ages. There is a careful selection of the paths based on the ideal of maximum inclusiveness. For this reason, the routes proposed are accessible also to participants with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to join the project and benefit from both the hiking and the discovery of the territory. In fact, hiking in the area is practiced by involving all the fractions of Massa Lubrense. Therefore, excursions are organized so as to reach different areas of the place in order to create more collectivity and learning opportunities.

Hiking for children: group of adults and kids walking

All these characteristics – and the way Lucia Sessa and the “Merende Itineranti” project carried out the hiking for children activity – make it something unique that everyone, adults and children, should try. Our invitation and advice are to experience what it really means to immerse yourself in nature, to discover and know more about the territory of Massa Lubrense as well as yourself.

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Sagra del Limone Massa Lubrense - 2018 limoncello

10 souvenirs from Massa Lubrense

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If your destination is Massa Lubrense and you are wondering which are the most original souvenirs or typical gastronomic products that you could buy here, we have compiled a list for you from which you can take inspiration. Read on if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir!

1. Pottery

The perfect souvenir is the one made in the hands of an expert artisan, who will amaze you with original creations of ceramics inspired by tradition, technical and stylistic innovations. The beauty of porcelain is enhanced by exuberant colors but there are also more sober and minimalist creations. It satisfies all tastes and ensures you a great impression. 

2. Provolone del Monaco

Provolone del Monaco is obtained from a long maturation of the milk, exclusively raw, of the Agerola cows that graze freely in the Lattari Mountains. Its shape is similar to that of an elongated melon and its weight varies from three to eight kilograms. The long seasoning, of about 7/8 months, gives the cheese a yellowish texture. To appreciate provolone, it is usually served with seasonal fruit or, even better, it can be enjoyed with jam.

3. Handmade sandals

When you are exploring Massa Lubrense, you may come across shoemakers who, in a few minutes, make customized sandals for you. You can choose the material, colors, and any decorations that make the customer experience fun and creative. Once the craftsman’s work is finished, you will be thrilled to show off your new sandals. Take yourself a couple of sandals as a souvenir.

4. Paintings and pictures

Usually by visiting such characteristic places, we can find paintings made by local artists in the souvenir shops. These impress on canvas small glimpses of characteristic streets or a truly suggestive view of the sea. Each work is unique and contains details that others do not have. Find the most enchanting paintings among the shops and take home with you a memory imprinted on the canvas.

5. Lemon themed souvenirs

The European Union has recognized the uniqueness of the ‘Sorrento’s Lemon’, also known as ‘Massa’s Lemon’, giving it the IGP mark. From lemon, you can get the most imaginative gift ideas. Among these, you could decide upon the purchase of the famous ‘limoncello’, the particular lemon jam, 100% organic lemon soap or themed handcrafted objects.

Souvenirs from Massa Lubrense

6.  Sorrento walnut liqueur

Sorrento’s walnuts are very popular, they are also known outside Italy, thanks to their light flavor and tender and crunchy texture. In addition to the better-known limoncello, a souvenir appreciated by lovers of liqueurs is the one produced with fresh Sorrento’s walnuts, known as ‘nocino’ or ‘nocillo’. As a rule, the liqueur is served after meals as a digestive and can be accompanied by treats.

7. Olive oil

Among the typical products, Massa Lubrense also offers a refined production of olive oil, which has been awarded the D.O.P. mark. Olive oil is a typical product of Italian culture. A small bottle could be the ideal gift for those who appreciate Mediterranean cuisine.

8. Local recipe book

When traveling, you don’t always have time to experience everything the local cuisine has to offer. Buying a local cookbook might be the easiest way to take home some of your dining experience and what you couldn’t taste to replicate by yourself.

9. Furniture created with the inlay technique

The inlay technique is an art entirely born in the Sorrento area, then spread throughout Italy. This procedure involves decorating the surface of the furniture with wood, mother of pearl, and other materials. The craftsman engages all his ingenuity to make the furniture real furnishing treasures that give a touch of originality to your house.

10. Fridge magnet

Last but not least, after a journey to discover a new location, buying the typical magnet to attach to the fridge is a must. Often you come across souvenir shops and one of the first things you will notice are the walls with magnets of every shape, subject, and color attached to them. Selecting the most beautiful is a difficult choice but it is the best souvenir to end your journey.

Part of the travel experience consists in researching and discovering what the area has to offer. As you may have noticed, Massa Lubrense represents the ideal tourist destination for those who love to immerse themselves in nature, among breathtaking and characteristic views and sunsets over the sea. As a final point, it offers its visitors a wide choice of typical local products in order to fully appreciate their stay in this locality.

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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.


    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’.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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


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.

    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.
    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.
    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


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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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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