ITINERARIES: MASSA LUBRENSE
THE PUBLISHED PHOTOS ARE BY AMALIA GUARRACINO - PRO LOCO
Walking the Path of Athena means to make a journey on foot in one of the most scenic places in the bell coast through a path that never leaves the sea and reaches the extreme tip of the Sorrento peninsula, Punta Campanella. The marine protected area of Punta Campanella, known as Promontorio Ateneo by the Greeks, is part of the municipality of Massa Lubrense, in the hamlet of Termini. It is one of the most beautiful places in Campania, a strip of land that seems to join the beautiful island of Capri. The Path of Athena crosses a wonderful area from the naturalistic point of view. It is worth reaching the Promontorium Minervae, which separates the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno, to admire the wonderful view of the sea. Spectacular and wild landscapes will open before your eyes: from Punta Campanella you can see Capri and from Monte San Costanzo you can admire the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Did you know that there is a legend behind Punta Campanella? According to what we read in the Odyssey, in this place Ulysses met the enchanting sirens. In this place the Greeks built a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. In fact the discovery of a rock engraving, written in Oscan language, at Punta Campanella, formerly promontorium Minervae, attests to the location of this temple, later converted by the Romans to the cult of Minerva. In 1300 at Punta Campanella was built a watchtower against the raids of the Saracens. The route starts in Piazza Santa Croce in Termini and is about 4 kilometres long and the average time to walk it is about 4 hours. Along the way, which seems to touch the sea, you will encounter small vegetable gardens, olive groves and cultivated terraces.
STAGES AND ROUTE
From Termini proceed towards via Campanella until you reach the fork, where you will have to take via Minerva: an ancient mule track of Greek-Roman origin. The path becomes steeper near the Torre di Fossa di Papa, goes up to the Minerva Tower and the lighthouse of Punta Campanella. From here the view is marvellous, you will feel as if you can touch the island of Capri. From Punta Campanella the path continues towards Monte San Costanzo without ever leaving the sea; after leaving the view of the island of Capri, the beautiful panorama of the Bay of Ieranto will open before your eyes, a former mining quarry and now a protected area managed by the FAI. Climb up to the church of San Costanzo on the top of the hill, from here the 360° view is breathtaking: you can see the Gulf of Naples with Capri, Ischia and Procida, Vesuvius and the entire Gulf of Salerno. From here the path goes back towards the village of Termini.