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Hiking in the land of mermaids

Sorrento, a city with enchanting views, is one of the most popular destinations for national and international tourism. The gulfs of Naples and Salerno, with their flowery terraces, decorate the Sorrento Peninsula, known throughout the world for its historical and environmental locations.

The myth

Sorrento is also linked to the myth of sirens, which dates back to the poems by the ancient Greek author Homer. In fact, the Odyssey tells the stories of three sirens - Ligeia, Leucosia and Partenope - that enchanted sailors so that they were submerged by the waters. The sailors, eager to discover the Sorrento Coast, crossed the Tyrrhenian Sea until the extreme point of the peninsula, the current Punta Campanella.

The Sirenuse archipelago takes its name from this legend and is located between the Sorrento Coast and Positano, part of the protected area of Punta Campanella.

Excursions between history and nature

In this promontory, rich in history and charm, the remains of the Athena temple are still visible. According to the tradition, it was built by Ulysses to thank the goddess, for crossing safe the stretch of sea invaded by the mermaids. This temple, later dedicated to the Roman goddess Minerva, attracted many pilgrims who came through the Via Minerva, an ancient street with still some sections of Roman original paving. This territory is an ideal place for hiking, full of fascinating trails and breath-taking views: the grey-green shades of the promontory immerse perfectly in the beautiful bays of the peninsula.

Just at the Campanella tower, symbol of this place, ends the first part of the CAI 300 ALTA VIA dei Monti Lattari trail, the longest in the area, starting from Cava dei Tirreni.

There are other many excursions and walks available to enjoy the beauty of the Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast.

If you are looking for a simple hiking trail, we recommend the Valle dei Mulini, starting from the town of Amalfi where you will immerse yourself in the scent of lemons, and then you will cross the wildest woods. Would you like to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the peninsula? So, let’s leave from Nerano, a delightful fishing village, discover its medieval architectures and visit the famous Marina del Cantone. From there, various paths begin, including the one crossing the natural area of ​​the Bay of Ieranto, with a unique naturalistic landscape, ideal to regenerate yourself with a refreshing bath.

The Path of Gods

Another famous legendary trail linked is the Path of the Gods, starting from Agerola (a hamlet of Bomerano), the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast, and reaches Nocelle, a fraction of Positano. In Agerola you will also have the chance to visit the remains of the Lauritano Castle, built by the Republic of Amalfi to defend citizens from Saracen incursions. From the front terrace of the castle a marvellous panorama of the Amalfi Coast will open in front of you, lying until the Gulf of Salerno: the whole view leaves breathless.

From there, stop for a moment, close your eyes and immerse your mind in past times, you will feel like hearing the mermaids' songs coming from the magical islands of the Sirenuse.

 

Contact us and we will organize the best hiking trail and ideal stay in Sorrento for you.

 

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