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Where to camp in Massa Lubrense

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written by Serena Lobianco

Why choose to go camping in Massa Lubrense?

Camping is a form of alternative tourism that allows you to move freely among the desired destinations and is undoubtedly a solution for low-cost holidays.

Furthermore, it is possible to do it as you wish, that is alone, in the company of a partner or with friends. It is also to be considered as a convenient solution if you are traveling with your family, with children and with animals.

We often have the idea that campsites are ‘spartan spaces’ but this is not the case. In fact, the structures you can find in Massa Lubrense are well equipped and attentive to everyone’s needs.

Campeggiare a Massa Lubrense

For camping in Massa Lubrense, you can access three areas: Villaggio Nettuno, Villaggio Syrenuse and Villa Lubrense. These structures allow the stay of caravans and tents, and they accept pets.

  • Villaggio Nettuno is located in Marina del Cantone. That is a characteristic coastal village, whose gastronomic specialties are the renowned spaghetti alla Nerano. Villaggio Nettuno has a camping area for tents, caravans and campers. It is located in a shady area and has a private walkway to the beach.
  • Villaggio Syrenuse overlooks the beautiful Marina del Cantone beach and is less than 500 metres from Recommone beach. The two beaches have both received the ‘Blue Flag’. The village offers accommodation in bungalows surrounded by greenery and equipped with every comfort.
  • Villa Lubrense is located halfway between Massa Lubrense and Sorrento. It has independent bungalows, located among the olive and citrus trees of the garden. With a 10-minute walk you can reach Puolo beach from which you can admire a crystalline sea with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

The different camping options in Massa Lubrense allow you to choose the solution that best suits your needs and, most importantly, they are all ready to welcome you!

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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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The coast of Massa Lubrense by kayak 

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Di Serena Lobianco

Intervista a Luca Zuddas

Luca Zuddas è uno dei co-fondatori dell’azienda “Chasing Syrens” con la quale organizza tour per esplorare in sicurezza la costa di Massa Lubrense in kayak trasparenti.

  • Perché scegliere di fare un’escursione in kayak a Massa Lubrense?

Massa Lubrense attira molti turisti anche grazie alla bellezza delle sue coste. Per di più, quest’ultime sono comprese in un grande parco naturale, l’Area Marina Protetta Punta Campanella. La bellezza di esplorare il nostro mare sta nel poter ammirare le coste da vicino e il kayak consente di potersi accostare il più possibile ai luoghi di interesse.
Non per ultimo, guidare un kayak richiede uno sforzo al pari di un’attività fisica, un ulteriore punto a suo favore.

  • Cosa rende un’escursione in kayak lungo le coste diversa da una in barca?

Avendo lavorato con le barche per 20 anni e con le canoe da 6 anni, per quella che è la mia esperienza, ritengo che nel complesso sia tutto diverso. A partire dalla velocità, in quanto la barca consente di raggiungere una rapidità non paragonabile a quella del kayak. Ad ogni modo, la barca è più gettonata da coloro che come priorità scelgono il comfort. Mentre un’escursione in kayak è preferita da chi vuole anche fare sport. Inoltre, un’esperienza in kayak ci porta più a contatto con la natura ed è un approccio più eco-friendly nell’ottica del rispetto del mare. 

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • A chi sono adatte le escursioni in kayak?

Decisamente a tutti. Tuttavia, ci sono alcuni fattori che bisogna tenere in conto, come ad esempio la prestanza fisica. Sebbene non richieda uno sforzo fisico ad alta intensità, è sempre meglio che la persona che si accinge a guidare la canoa sia sana e senza particolari problemi di salute.

  • Ci sono dei requisiti per poterle fare? Attrezzatura necessaria?

Per iniziare, bisogna apprendere alcune nozioni base che non richiedono che un quarto d’ora per essere comprese. Per quanto riguarda l’attrezzatura, noi diamo in dotazione dei lifejacket che sono indispensabili per le escursioni in mare aperto. Inoltre, soprattutto fuori stagione, potrebbe essere necessario indossare delle giacche a vento per proteggersi.

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • Ci sono percorsi di diverso grado di difficoltà? Esempi?

Ce ne sono diversi e dipendono soprattutto dall’itinerario prefissato, poiché non è necessario cimentarsi in itinerari lunghissimi per godersi una bella esperienza. Tutto sommato, questa è anche la bellezza di Massa Lubrense. Perché, ad esempio, da Marina del Cantone ci sono piccoli itinerari che richiedono 15 minuti e altri più impegnativi che ne richiedono 45, come il tour alla Baia di Ieranto. L’importante è che coloro che si approcciano a questa attività siano consapevoli dello sforzo fisico necessario, poiché il kayak è privo di motore!

  • Da quale età si può cominciare?

Il giro turistico in kayak non è precluso a nessuno, concesso che vi sia raggiunta l’età minima per poter dirigere da solo il kayak.
In ogni caso, consiglio l’affidamento di una canoa con posto singolo a coloro che hanno almeno 13/14 anni, ma anche in questo caso è importante che sappiano nuotare. In secondo luogo, per quanto riguarda una canoa doppia, bisogna sempre considerare quanta forza fisica ha il partner che condivide il kayak con il bambino. Nel caso del tour alla riserva naturale della Baia di Ieranto, per esempio, riteniamo necessario che si abbiano almeno 8 anni, poiché un tratto del percorso è in mare aperto.
In alternativa, nel pomeriggio, proponiamo un tour più breve all’interno della Baia di Marina del Cantone, in modo da accontentare le famiglie che hanno bambini più piccoli.

Massa Lubrense in kayak
  • Qual è stato il tuo momento più bello passato sul kayak e dove ti trovavi?

Uno dei momenti più emozionanti è stato al secondo anno dall’avvio della mia attività con i kayak. Mi trovavo di ritorno dalla Baia di Ieranto, nell’ultimo tratto di mare aperto, assieme a una turista con la quale condivisi la canoa. In quella circostanza, a una lontananza di circa 30 metri, avvistammo un delfino che poco dopo si allontanò. Di certo non è qualcosa che accade tutti i giorni e per questo ci sentimmo fortunati, allo stesso tempo però, allo stupore iniziale si aggiunse un po’ di timore perché le dimensioni del delfino eguagliano quelle dell’imbarcazione e se si fosse avvicinato avremmo potuto correre dei rischi!

Ricapitolando, una gita in kayak vi permetterà di immergervi totalmente nel paesaggio marino di Massa Lubrense, regalandovi un’esperienza a stretto contatto con i suoi elementi. Grazie a Luca Zuddas abbiamo scoperto che si tratta di un’attività accessibile a tutti e sicura grazie all’ ausilio di specifiche precauzioni. Sei pronto a cimentarti in questa avventura?

Luca Zuddas

Istruttore di kayak e co-fondatore di Chasing Syrens, propone escursioni in kayak trasparenti a Marina del Cantone.

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The Aragonese Castle of Annunziata reopens to the public

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On July 6th, 2018 the Aragonese Castle of Annunziata, one of the jewels of the municipal heritage of Massa Lubrense, reopens to the public.

The Pro Loco Massa Lubrense – in collaboration with the Arciconfraternita SS. Rosario dell’Annunziata and the I. P. San Paolo – takes care of the opening.

“I am extremely happy and satisfied to be able to open a fundamental piece of the history of Massa Lubrense – says President Teresa Pappalardo. – My personal thanks go first and foremost to the Arciconfraternita, which enthusiastically adhered to the idea and with which a deep and fruitful collaboration is born, to make the place usable and welcoming. I’m thankful to the City of Massa Lubrense, which promptly responded to our request, and to the High School San Paolo with whom we have a school-work protocol that has led the student Francesco La Via to take care of the openings to the public. With the collaboration of the historian Gennaro Galano we are preparing a new brochure about the place, which we are currently translating into English to allow visitors to deepen the site, and we are drafting a series of events that will enrich the summer events season of Massa Lubrense.”

The Castle will be open from Friday to Sunday from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00.

The hamlet Annunziata and how to get there.

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Limoni in Festa 2018 – Massa Lubrense Lemon Festival

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Limoni in festa 2018 – Massa Lubrense Lemon Festival

The highlight event of the summer of Massa Lubrense. An excellent opportunity to taste many delicacies of the cuisine of Massa Lubrense based on the typical citrus that gives the name to the festival: our oval lemon called “femminiello”.

A series of events taking place in the city center, following the flavors of dishes with lemon scent, the sounds of popular music, the rediscovery of the oldest buildings, the streets, the typical corners.


Friday, 13 July 2018
6.30am – 11.00pm Market with typical products and local crafts
8.30pm Concert “Divenendo Live” by Marco Mariconda and Le Sequenze

Saturday 14 July 2018
10.30am – 11.00pm Market with typical products and local craftsmanship
5.00pm Guided walking Massa center – Annunziata – Marina Lobra
7.00pm – 11.00pm Gastronomic itinerary based on lemons
9.00 pm Concert Mujeres Creando – Special Guest: Enzo Gragnaniello with Piero Gallo

Sunday 15 July 2018
10.30am – 11.00pm Market with typical products and local craftsmanship
7.00pm – 11.00pm Gastronomic itinerary based on lemons
9.00 pm “Parco Sofia Tour” concert of La Maschera


Largo Vescovado, 80061 Massa Lubrense, Naples, Italy

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