Sentiero degli Dei. Trekking between the two coasts

SENTIERO-DEGLI-DEI-30An increasingly popular activity, a trend that engages both sport and nature enthusiasts.
To see the land from another point of view and to discover new horizons, both inside and outside.

A bit of meditation, a bit of hiking, probably a way to get in tune with yourself, outdoor trekking is now a must for those who wish to know in depth their holiday location, especially if the area offers particularly diverse and fascinating landscapes.
This is the case of the two coasts, Sorrento and Amalfi, enclosed like an embrace among the rocks dotted by the Mediterranean vegetation that gently slopes towards the sea.

Mount Faito, Punta Campanella, and the bay of Ieranto are destinations of great interest.
But the Sentiero degli Dei, the path of the gods, is without a doubt a must for trekking addicts. Ideal in spring or at the beginning of autumn, the path is tortuous but not prohibitive, and it is mostly in a slight descent, from Agerola to Positano, or more precisely, from the fraction of Bomerano to Nocelle, going through the Grotta del Biscotto, with homes built in the rock, through Monte Serra and passing Vallone Grarelle. The view extends from Praiano to Punta Campanella, and in front Capri and the small islands of Li Galli. The impressive panorama fully justifies the divine toponymy!
For trekking enthusiasts and experts or even for those who want to try a natural style promenade for the first time, Bellevue Syrene can organize excursions with expert guides and in total safety.

Queen Giovanna baths

bagni-regina-giovanna (1)For those who love archaeological and naturalistic trekking and for those who feel the deep charm of pristine landscape, a magical place that made youlose your head even if you’re a queen.
 
A route suitable for everyone, a smooth path that offers, in exchange for a short walk, an exciting experience in one of the most attractive views of the Sorrento Peninsula.
The legend has it that a sensual Joan of Anjou, Queen of Naples, loved to swim in this small lagoon accompanied by her lovers. Although historically unlikely, the idea is so interesting that deeply catch the fancy of the people who linked forever to this bay the Queen Giovanna’s name.
By the Capo of Sorrento, through a walk of about ten minutes, you arrive on a limestone cliff and the eyes open on a breathtaking view across the Bay of Naples, Ischia and Procida. A staircase leads up to the small lagoon, one shallow-water mirror connected to the sea by a natural arch. The wild nature of Mediterranean scrub, with spurts from the rocks yellow broom, buy the eternal taste of history with the ruins of the Roman Villa of Pollio Felice lying on the cliff. The remains tell of great attraction that the coast had on the Roman aristocracy. Here they loved building of luxurious villas of leisure who had the dual function of summer residences and farms. The Sorrento wine was already renowned in antiquity.

The Cave of the Sibyl

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An archaeological site of great charm located on the occidental boundary of the vast area of the Phlegraean Fields, an ancient place whose origins are deeply rooted in myth.

The Phlegraean Fields, literally the land of fire, are a vast area located in the north-west of Naples which is still today affected by an impressive seismic and volcanic activity that has bewitched men for centuries with its huge alluring charm. Due to its morphology and volcanic nature, the myth has named it the land of Giants. The poet Homer considered the area around Lake Avernus to be the connection place between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and claimed that in the underground tunnels located in this area live the “Cimmeri”, strange men who lived in darkness without ever seeing sunlight. But the most fascinating character bound to these places is without doubt the Cumaean Sybil, the priestess who made almost indecipherable prophecies from inside her cave. The Sybil, along with the Mermaid Partenope, is one of the most recognizable characters in the history of Campania, and many myths concerning her have risen in time. The most famous of which tells that the young Sybil asked Apollo the gift of a life as long as many years as the number of dust specks she could hold in one hand, forgetting to ask for eternal youth as well. For this reason she grew so old that she became small enough to live in an ampoule, or that even her voice was the only thing left of her.
Legends aside, the Phlegraean Fields still hold an important archaeological heritage which tells us of its ancient Greek origins and the cults tied to them. The archaeological park of Cuma consists of the city’s Acropolis where the temples of Apollo and Jupiter can be seen, which were transformed into Christian churches during the middle ages, the Roman Crypt, a long tunnel built for military purposes, and last but not least the Cave of the Sybil with its long trapezoidal tunnel dug in tuff rock.

The archaeological park of Cuma is open every day from 9 am until an hour before sunset. The cost of the ticket is 4 euros; it is valid for 2 days and allows visiting all the sites of the Complesso Monumentale Archeologico Flegreo (The archaeological museum of the Phlegraean Fields, the Baia archaeological park, the Flavio e Serapeo amphitheatre in Pozzuoli, and the archaeological park of Cuma).