Sant’Agata – Massa centro
A rural walk from the village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi to Massa centro, through ancient streets and dirt roads.
Although not the shortest way to reach Massa centro from Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, the route is undemanding and almost all downhill, and enables you to view all the agricultural and rural environments that characterize the Sorrento Peninsula.
The walk starts from the small square of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. Before leaving, we recommend visiting the church dedicated to Our Lady of Grace, with its sixteenth-century altar in polychrome marble. From the square, take Via Termine. The narrow street, lined with ancient houses and high walls in tuff and limestone, leads slowly out of the town and from paved becomes a dirt road.
The trail leads through chestnut groves and oak trees, hornbeam, and laurel trees that characterize this area called Acquacarbone. After crossing a short stretch of road, you reach the small village of Priora, with its beautiful vineyards and olive groves.
Leaving the church of Sant’Atanasio on the right, continue along Via Crocevia until you reach Via Nastro Verde. Cross the driveway and climb along Via San Giuseppe. This narrow street leads to Prasiano, where there is a small chapel dedicated to St. Joseph, built in the seventeenth century, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and with a spectacular view of Capri.
Via San Giuseppe slopes gently, between olive and oak trees, until it joins Via Bagnulo. This street takes its name from the numerous springs that there once were here; through thick stone walls and vegetable gardens you reach the village of San Francesco. Here the eighteenth-century majolica floor of the church and the convent are very interesting.
After crossing the street, via San Francesco leads to Via Mortella. At the end of Via Mortella continue right until you come to Viale Filangieri following which you reach the main square of Massa centro, Largo Vescovado, with Massa Lubrense’s town hall and the former cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, dating back to the sixteenth century.
This trail offers spacious shaded areas and is therefore viable during the hot summer months.
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