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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

kit pronto soccorso

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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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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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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1 day travel itinerary in Massa Lubrense

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di Miriam Russo

Il territorio di Massa Lubrense è tutto da scoprire: scorci, panorami, storia e bellezza si uniscono creando uno spettacolo mozzafiato. In questo articolo proponiamo per voi un itinerario di viaggio da svolgere nell’arco di una giornata, più agevolmente se in auto, alla scoperta delle meraviglie della zona.

Massa Centro
Il nostro viaggio parte dal capoluogo del Comune di Massa Lubrense, Massa Centro. Non solo l’ufficio d’informazione vi darà tutte le indicazioni utili per visitare la zona, ma già qui sarà possibile iniziare ad ammirare parte di ciò che il territorio ha da offrire. Nella piazza principale, ovvero Largo Vescovado, infatti, ha sede una delle molteplici chiese e cappelle di Massa: la Ex Cattedrale di Santa Maria delle Grazie. A ciò si aggiunge l’irrinunciabile punto panoramico della medesima zona, “il Pennino”, che offre una vista suggestiva sulle isole di Capri e Ischia.

Prima tappa dell'itinerario di viaggio di un giorno a Massa Lubrense: Ex Cattedrale di Santa Maria delle Grazie a Massa Centro
Punto panoramico "il Pennino" presso Massa Centro

Marina della Lobra
A poco più di un chilometro dal nostro punto di partenza, si trova il caratteristico e suggestivo borgo marinaro di Marina della Lobra. Si tratta di un villaggio di pescatori che deve il suo nome alla Chiesa della Madonna della Lobra che lo sormonta. Ciò che salterà immediatamente all’occhio sono senza dubbio le variopinte abitazioni che lo caratterizzano e la gradinata che conduce direttamente al mare. Il luogo ideale per una prima pausa nel corso del nostro itinerario, per godere di una sensazionale vista sul Mediterraneo.

Abitato variopinto e piccole barche nel borgo marinaro di Marina della Lobra

Termini
Dopo essere risaliti a Massa Centro, il nostro itinerario di viaggio a Massa Lubrense ci conduce verso Termini. Passando per Marciano, sarà già possibile godere dei punti panoramici che si trovano lungo la strada. Le apposite aree di sosta, infatti, consentono di lanciare uno sguardo sull’isola di Capri, che risulta via via più vicina.
Ma le meraviglie non finiscono qui: giunti a Termini, raggiungendo il Monte di San Costanzo, sarà possibile bearsi del panorama che il punto più alto della penisola sorrentina offre. Lasciata l’auto nella pineta poco più giù della cima del monte, una breve passeggiata porta alla Cappella di San Costanzo dove ad attendervi ci sarà un panorama a 360 gradi sui golfi di Napoli e Salerno.

Punto panoramico sul Monte di San Costanzo

Marina del Cantone
Scesi da Termini, la tappa che consigliamo a seguire è Marina del Cantone, con le sue spiagge e la sua tradizione gastronomica. Al termine di questa prima fase mattutina del nostro viaggio, infatti, questo è il punto ideale per trovare ristoro. Sarà senz’altro piacevole concedersi un bagno tra le sue acque cristalline o un gustoso pranzo a base delle specialità del luogo, tra cui gli irrinunciabili spaghetti alla Nerano.

Una delle spiagge cristalline di Marina del Cantone

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi
Ultima tappa, ma non per importanza, del nostro suggestivo itinerario è Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. Il suo nome ci suggerisce qualcosa sulla sua posizione: è localizzata, infatti, proprio sulla collina al centro tra il golfo di Napoli e quello di Salerno. Da lì, un altro impressionante panorama, in località Deserto, vi lascerà a bocca aperta: il meraviglioso tramonto visibile dal Monastero di San Paolo al Deserto chiuderà questo viaggio al limite tra esperienza fisica e sensoriale.

Scorcio sulla chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie presso Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, ultima tappa consigliata dell'itinerario di viaggio a Massa Lubrense

Così si conclude il nostro itinerario di viaggio di un giorno a Massa Lubrense. Vi consigliamo, inoltre, di lasciarvi guidare e aiutare dalla nostra mappa interattiva per scoprire sempre di più sulle meraviglie di questo luogo.


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