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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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Products of Massa Lubrense

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.

Wine

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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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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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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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

Category:Blog,Excursions,Travel Tags : 

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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Easter traditions in Massa Lubrense

Category:Blog,Festivals Tags : 

written by Eleonora Aiello

Among the various religious traditions rooted in the culture of Massa Lubrense, there are certainly some very peculiar ones that make it unique. And it is precisely the case of the traditions of the Easter period. In this article, we will analyze the habits and rituals that most represent this area during Holy Week.

Lent

Lent (in Italian “Quaresima”) represents for Catholics a period of penance and fasting in preparation for Easter. This phase of abstinence, in the Roman rite, runs from Ash Wednesday until sunset on Holy Thursday.

Quarantana bambola di Quaresima
“Quarantana”, the doll of Lent

In the Sorrento peninsula there is an ancient custom of preparing “la vecchia” (= “the old woman”), a small doll in black clothes that, in the popular imagination, personifies “Quarantana”, a thin and skimpy old woman. Dressed in a long skirt, black handkerchief on the head, distaff, and spindle in hand, the doll is hung outside the houses. Under her skirt, she has an onion, or a potato, skewered with seven chicken feathers that act as a ritual calendar: one feather is removed every Sunday, while the last one is removed at noon on Holy Saturday.

The palm Sunday

As a first appointment, we must mention that of Palm Sunday, the day in which we remember the triumphal entry into Jerusalem of Jesus, riding a donkey and acclaimed by the crowd who greeted him As a first appointment we must mention that of Palm Sunday, the day in which we remember the triumphal entry into Jerusalem of Jesus, riding a donkey and acclaimed by the crowd who greeted him waving palm branches.

In the territory of Massa Lubrense, the palms are often replaced by olive branches, blessed in a ceremony that takes place in the church, which each faithful will decorate and embellish. Traditionally, these olive branches are adorned with the addition of small caciocavalli, locally produced cheeses, small salamis, and colored sugared almonds.

Palm branches with intertwined leaves are also used. The weaving work must be done a few days before the blessing because the palm leaves dry quickly, thin, and spoil easily. Before proceeding with the weaving, each leaf must be clean or freed from the woody part that covers it, and the leaves that are too pungent must be removed.

Domenica delle palme
Palm with olive branch

The foot-washing ceremony

But the religious rites that most distinguish this area are, without any doubt, those of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The first recalls the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper where Jesus washed the feet of the Twelve Apostles. To commemorate this event, the ceremony of the foot-washing is celebrated during the Mass in Coena Domini, where the priest washes the feet of twelve people representing the twelve apostles. Furthermore, from Thursday evening the church bells will remain “tied”, that is, mute.

The processions

During Holy Week, processions of hooded people walk the streets of the town symbolically representing the passion and death of Jesus. They are distinguished from each other by the color of the garments, the times of exit and the choirs that accompany them. Two processions are held in Massa Lubrense: one starts from Torca, the other from Massa center.

All the itineraries of the processions can be found on the website processioni.com. In addition to Massa Lubrense, the processions also take place in the municipalities of Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Piano, and Meta. 

Black procession on Good Friday

Easter and Easter Monday

Easter Sunday is announced by the sacred and solemn ringing of the bells which, finally, can be dissolved to ring in “glory”.

The following Easter Monday is called “Pasquetta”: on this day, even if there is often bad weather, families and friends use to have a nice outing with a picnic in nature.

Dates to remember

Palm Sunday: April 10th, 2022

Easter: April 17th, 2022

Easter Monday: April 18th, 2022


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Omaggio alla bellezza in Massa Lubrense

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From June to October in Massa Lubrense the program Omaggio alla bellezza is held, a project that involves the territory with multiple free events.

Concerts in nature, themed walks, tastings, yoga and pilates classes, activities for children and much more. Promoted by the Municipality of Massa Lubrense in collaboration with local associations, the exhibition offers those who live or spend a few days in Massa Lubrense the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful area with activities that enhance its culture, history and natural beauty.

Open-air musical events return to enchant us with the fifth edition of Natura in concerto: musical performances in places with a mythical charm.

The cycle of guided walking tours proposed by the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense is part of Omaggio alla bellezza: the Passeggiate d’estate are excursions with environmental guides, with tasting of local products in farms or agritourisms.

Alla ricerca della valle perduta nella Terra delle Sirene” is the title of the proposals of the Pro Loco Due Golfi and the Massa Lubrense branch of the Archeoclub: four itineraries inspired by the lives of Ignazio Chiaiese, Torquato Tasso, Norman Douglas, Teofilo and Gianbattista Folengo.

AGAT Massa Lubrense also offers a rich calendar of excursions in the area: “Alla scoperta dei borghi” emphasizes its historic centers, monuments and religious buildings.

The program also includes activities organized by the Punta Campanella Marine Protected Area: open days to visit the park’s visitor center, canoe and snorkelling excursions to get to know our coast and sea.

For the little ones, the much appreciated Merende itineranti continue: walks for children with outdoor theater, workshops and organic snacks. There is no shortage of amusing magic shows in the squares and playgrounds of Massa Lubrense.

Throughout the summer it is also possible to take part in yoga and pilates classes outdoors: the best way to seek your own well-being in the newfound connection with the environment that surrounds us.


Events Calendar

Events in October 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
26 September 2022 27 September 2022 28 September 2022 29 September 2022 30 September 2022 1 October 2022 2 October 2022
3 October 2022 4 October 2022 5 October 2022 6 October 2022 7 October 2022 8 October 2022(1 event)

Alla scoperta dei borghi di Sant'Agata, Acquara e Pastena

9 October 2022
10 October 2022 11 October 2022 12 October 2022 13 October 2022 14 October 2022 15 October 2022(1 event)

Alla scoperta del borgo di Torca

16 October 2022
17 October 2022 18 October 2022 19 October 2022 20 October 2022 21 October 2022 22 October 2022(1 event)

Alla scoperta del centro storico di Massa

23 October 2022
24 October 2022 25 October 2022 26 October 2022 27 October 2022 28 October 2022 29 October 2022(1 event)

Alla scoperta dei borghi di S. Maria e Schiazzano

30 October 2022
31 October 2022 1 November 2022 2 November 2022 3 November 2022 4 November 2022 5 November 2022 6 November 2022