Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on a cliff high above the sea with views of Vesuvius and the islands in the Bay of Naples . Use this website to help you plan a visit to this elegant southern Italian resort and find your way to the best beaches and some lovely villages and towns along the Sorrentine peninsula that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

See Capri from Capo di Massa

Capri from Capo di Massa
From the beach at Marina di Puolo it is possible to walk along the seafront and round the promontory of land called Capo di Massa, where there are the remains of a 16th century stone tower.
When you have rounded the point of land you will encounter a magical view of Capri out in the bay. It is the first point along this stretch of coast from where you can see the island.

How to reach Capo di Massa

Leave Sorrento along Via del Capo in the direction of Massa Lubrense. If you take the Linea A (Line A) bus to Capo di Sorrento, get off at the stop for the Hotel Dania, from where you can make your way down to the beach along an old path.
Turn off Via Capo down Calata Puolo and then turn left again to go down some gradual steps and along a narrow path past olive groves and a vineyard until you reach the intersection with Via Marina di Puolo. You will pass a car park (the nearest point to the beach that you can drive to if you come from the main road) before going down a steeply descending, winding path to reach Marina di Puolo.
Walk along the path in front of the beach past the bars, restaurants and the Baia Hotel, which has its own private section of beach.
Take a short cut through the car park of the Karama yacht club and continue along the coastal path. You will pass two distinct archways edged with stones cut into the rock on your left. These are the remains of a Roman villa and there are other openings still clearly visible in the rock above that provide clues to the original design of the building.

Saracen tower built to protect Sorrento

16th century tower at Capo di Massa
Continue to follow the road as it climbs around the cape and you will be able to see the stone tower, which is just above the road, at close quarters.
It was probably built as a look out tower to protect the coast against Saracen invaders in the 16th century at the same time that many other defence towers were built along the coast. The structure has fallen into disrepair and become reduced in height over the centuries, but has been refurbished in the last few years.
Round the other side of the cape you will see rising above the deep blue sea, the two peaks of rock, Mount Solara and Mount Tiberius, that form the beautiful island of Capri.


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