Torca is a fraction of the municipality of Massa Lubrense, located on the southern side of the Sorrento peninsula.
The marina of Torca, Crapolla, probably hosted a Greek temple dedicated to Apollo in ancient times. The etymological origin of the name “Torca” could therefore derive from the “Theorica” street. Indeed, they were frequented by long processions called “Theoriae” directed towards the aforementioned temple
According to the tradition, it is believed that Saint Pietro landed in Crapolla during his journey to Rome. Subsequently, the Abbey of San Pietro was built on the presumed site of the temple of Apollo, a monastery affiliated to the order of Black Benedictine friars. The original structure of the abbey included three naves with columns made of marble and granite, frescoes narrating the Stories of the Holy Scriptures and floors decorated with mosaics.
The Chapel of San Pietro now stands on the area of his remains. It can be reached via the path that leads from the small square of Torca to the fjord. Made with the same stones used to build the original abbey, the chapel represents a tangible link with the past.
The trails that pass through Torca
In Torca the roadway ends, leaving space for a network of paths that wind through landscapes that are breathtaking for their natural and wild beauty.
The Crapolla fjord is among the most evocative natural coves of the Sorrento Peninsula. Accessible exclusively on foot, via a well-marked path, the route from Torca is characterized by a notable difference in altitude of around 350 meters and a long staircase of around 700 steps. This makes the walk along the mountainside demanding, but a rewarding challenge. The experience becomes immersive as you enter environments characterized by still uncontaminated nature, enriched by a significant archaeological heritage and panoramas that will lasts as indelible in the memory.
Immersed between sky and sea, the Sirenuse Trail is linked to the Greek myth of the sirens. Its name is a tribute to the three islets now known as Li Galli. From these, according to legend, the sirens attempted to enchant Ulysses with their seductive song.
Extending for approximately 9 km, the trail passes through the picturesque village of Torca. The suggestive atmosphere is enriched by the lush vegetation. The breathtaking views open onto the sea of the Amalfi Coast, the islets of Li Galli, the stacks of Capri and the rock of Vetara, making the entire experience unforgettable.