Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Just 3,5 Km from our villa...A cliff located at the head of Sorrento, not one of the most important archaeological sites of the peninsula. An enchanting place, where nature, sea and past blend together. The name, according to legend, is due to Queen Giovanna D'Angiò, sovereign of Naples. It seems that Between 1371 and 1435, often the Queen went on holiday in this place. The Sovereign, known for her scandalous attitudes, is told that she loved to spend long time in these waters in the company of her young lovers. The Baths of Queen Giovanna are a treasure trove of history and host the remains of an ancient Roman villa, whose name was "Villa Pollio Felice", which stood right on the promontory of the head of Sorrento. Dating back to the first century BC, the villa had a surface of about thirty thousand square meters and was divided into two parts: the domus maritime and the villa immersed in the fields. Today of the structure, reachable both from land and from sea, it is possible to visit only the ruins. The Bagni della Regina Giovanna can be reached along a small road that leaves from the head of Sorrento. A pleasant walk, during which the aromas of the sea and vegetation alternate. After about twenty minutes of pleasant walk you find yourself in front of a limestone cliff overlooking the sea, surrounded by the remains of the ancient villa. Thanks to a staircase you reach a small lagoon, connected to the sea by a beautiful natural arch. At this point the bottom is shallow, and it is impossible to resist a real dip in history, in crystal clear waters, made even more romantic by the light that filters through the inlet. Reachable by bus, which leave from Massa Lubrense, Capo di Sorrento stop, distance 3.5 km from Massa Lubrense. 

              Monte San Costanzo

Only 4,5 Km from us find the Monte San Costanzo! is the highest hill of Massa Lubrense and can be easily reached from Termini by foot, by car or motorbike. The hike also includes the Athena path, a loop that connects Punta Campanella to Monte San Costanzo. There are two peaks of the mountain: on the left, the one with the characteristic white church dedicated to San Costanzo; on the right, another peak houses a radio station for air traffic control. Between the two peaks, a small pine forest offers a pleasant shaded area and, for those who have reached this point to motor, the possibility to park. From this point, a limestone staircase leads in a short time to the church of San Costanzo. On the right, a view from above of the Bay of Ieranto; opposite, the three islets of Li Galli. From the summit of the San Costanzo summit the view opens to 360 degrees throughout the territory of Massa Lubrense, the landscape extends from the Gulf of Naples to that of Salerno, with the imposing Vesuvius, the islands of Ischia and Procida. Taking a walk around the church you can admire it all. The church of San Costanzo dates back to the second half of the sixteenth century and was founded by some local families. Unfortunately, the church is almost always closed to the public, except for the procession of May 14, when hundreds of faithful from the square of Termini date back to Monte San Costanzo for Holy Mass. In July, however, the golden statue of the Saint is returned to its original location, the church of Termini, between the notes of the band and the lighting of spectacular fireworks. Returning back to the stairs and re-crossing the pine forest, you reaches the other peak, also called Monte Croce, higher than the first and also a privileged vantage point, this time on the promontory of Punta Campanella and, on the right, on the enchanting island of Capri.

                    Punta Campanella

At 4,5 km distance from us find this paradise! At the end of the tip of the Sorrento peninsula, where legend tells of the meeting of Ulysses with the bewitching Sirens, and where the Romans worshiped the goddess Minerva, stands Punta Campanella. A magnificent nature reserve that protects about 40 km of coastline and the sea in front of it, so much so as to be listed as a specially protected area of ​​Mediterranean interest. The reserve offers a landscape of inestimable value. It has a mainly calcareous surface, different cavities, emerged as a result of karst phenomena, which then became underwater due to the rising sea level. Among the most spectacular, there is the Cave of Cala di Mitigliano. From here on, the route is in direct contact with the flora and fauna, a succession of wild olive trees, rosemary, junipers and possible sightings of real gulls and peregrine falcons. In the Reserve it is also possible to devote oneself to the diving of depths that go down to 40 meters, rich in colored sea fans, Ricciole and Tonni. There are guided tours and many centers are available to organize fascinating dives. At the end of the Punta, stood the Temple of Athena and the Temple of Minerva, the latter, currently called "Promontory of Minerva", still houses the vestiges of a sighting tower that had the function of alarm in case of attacks of pirates .At the Reserve you can arrive by bus arriving at Termini and leave from Sorrento station

             Nerano e Baia di Jeranto

Just 10 km from our villa...The Bay of Ieranto is a rocky inlet between Punta Campanella and Punta Penna, is the pearl of the Marine Protected Area and can only be reached on foot. Of uncontaminated beauty, it is among the most evocative places of Massa Lubrense. The path that leads to the enchanting bay starts from the square of Nerano, after a few meters on the rolling road in the direction of Marina del Cantone. After about 50 meters uphill, take via Jeranto on the left: the ancient mule track passes next to Villa Rosa, where Norman Douglas stayed, and then in front of a small votive aedicule; in the first part you cross cultivated vegetable gardens, citrus groves and olive groves. From the left side, the view opens on the beaches of Marina del Cantone, the islands of Vetara and Li Galli. Looking upwards, under the spike from which the chapel of San Costanzo overlooks, there is a large opening in the mountain: it is the entrance to the Grotta delle Noglie, with a wide but shallow entrance, with stalactites on the ceiling. The trees gradually begin to thin out and make room for the typical Mediterranean vegetation. Continuing the path, you reach the ridge of Sprito from where you can admire a scenario of unparalleled beauty: on the right, Punta Campanella and Capri with its Faraglioni; on the left, the Gulf of Salerno up to Punta Licosa, with the Amalfi Coast and the islands; in the center, the Bay of Ieranto. At this point the path forks: on the left a dirt path leads to Puna Penna, from which you can enjoy a splendid view, and to the Tower of Montalto. From the top of the tower the gaze can range from Capri to the Gauls and get lost in the Gulf of Salerno. The former premises of the former Italsider quarry are now home to the FAI, which offers guided tours and various activities. The descent on the right leads instead to the beach of Ieranto through an old staircase; the small beach, also called Marinella, is embedded in limestone rocks, with a backdrop of white pebbles reflecting the colors of the surrounding vegetation. The large beach is not accessible by land, can be seen from the sea (swimming or canoeing), but it is not possible to stop there due to the danger of falling rocks. From Marina del Cantone it is possible to visit the bay by canoe.

                        The Path of Gods

The Path of the Gods is a path that winds between the two Amalfi Coast and Sorrento and divided into two routes. A "Alto" near the town of Bormerano, the other "Basso" in the town of Nocella. The name evokes the vision of mythological landscapes, because walking halfway up, at the foot of Monte S. Angelo in Tre Pizzi, you can admire one of the most evocative views in the world and of undoubted environmental and landscape value: the western part of the Amalfi Coast from Praiano to Capri. It is no coincidence that the English writer David Herbert Richards Lawrence has described this landscape of "the way of the enchantments", a textual synthesis of the seductive charm of the landscapes, and of the variety and richness of nature. The time needed to cover it is about 3 hours, if you choose to "venture" to discover Nocella (a characteristic fraction of Positano) and only reachable thanks to an impervious staircase, alternatively it could be enough 2, 30 hours of walking. The trail can be reached by buses leaving from Amalfi, or by car along the SS 366.

                          FARM TOUR

Only 4 Km from our villa find this amazing Farm! The Tour is a gastronomic experience not to be missed for anyone who is passing through our area, born with the intention of making known and enhancing our history and the products of excellence of the Sorrento Peninsula.

The tour includes: Guided tour of the Fattoria from 1898 between seasonal vegetables, animals, fruit trees, vines, pollination hives and honey production, the olive grove D.O.P and the Limoneto I.G.P. with practical demonstrations of work and explanations in particular on the production process of lemons and extra virgin olive oil; · Visit of the ancient family Cellar between salami and explanations on the traditional method of production and conservation of wine; visit also of a small peasant museum in the ancient '700 Chapel of the estate, and of the ancient oil mill for oil extraction. · Tasting of typical products such as fresh home-made lemonade, sugared lemon slices, lemon and orange marmalade, honey, cheese, extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. also flavored in different specialties on homemade bread; Learn to make Limoncello with explanations and explanations on the family recipe and free tasting; Optional lunch or dinner with typical homemade dishes based on products grown on the farm and accompanied with a tasty glass of wine; The services offered: Professional Guide; Guided tour with practical demonstrations; Tasting of products and beverages; (honey, jams, oil, cured meats, cheeses, wine and limoncello) Tasting of a first course and a traditional dessert; Possible Transfer Service to / from your Hotel, B & B, Villa, Apartment, Station, Port in Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi and Costiera Amalfitana; Ample free parking; Toilet for the disabled;                                                             Beginning at 10:00 or at 16:00                       Duration: 2-3 hours

Guided tour of the vineyards                                                                      and cellar wine

 The wine, the cuisine and the territory, all this and more at the foot of Vesuvius with its gastronomic traditions and above all with the passion for the Lacrima di Christi, the wine that comes from this land. A unique experience made of nature and emotions, taste and traditions of Vesuvius that begins with a walk through the vineyards admiring the panorama that embraces the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento and the island of Capri. We then move on to visit the cellars where you will learn about the production methods before starting the tasting of wines paired with the typical specialties of this little corner of paradise on the slopes of Vesuvius.

An expert will accompany you to take a walk through the vineyards, showing you the different grape varieties and explaining the different types of cultivation practiced on the slopes of Vesuvius. And you will also have the chance to admire a beautiful panorama.

The entire production chain takes place in the company, from the vineyard to the bottling. During the visit you will also see the cellar with the barrels.

If you want to spend more time in the Cellar you can organize a visit to the winery with arrival in the morning, walk in the vegetable garden and vineyards, cooking school and lunch-tasting,                                                                                                            You can not miss this tour if you come to the Penisola Sorrentina!

                 PIZZA COOKING CLASS

 

 

Massa Lubrense, the land par excellence of lemons, in the heart of the municipality of Massa Lubrense, preserves a pearl of the typical cuisine of the Massese: The unique and tipical restaurant.

The restaurant has some ancient features, located in a 18th century building, with two entrances, one of which recalls the history of the restaurant, allowing passage through the delicatessen. Divided into several rooms, it is able to satisfy the various needs, from privacy to the possibility of ceremonies, making it the ideal place for every type of convivial.

The kitchen is the work of chef Lucio, who combines respect for tradition, innovative taste and the use of high quality products in his dishes. Organize a very lovely pizza cooking class you can't miss it! 

 

                         Scavi Archeologici di Pompei

 

The archaeological excavations of Pompeii have returned the remains of the ancient city of Pompeii, near the hill of Civita, at the gates of modern Pompeii, buried under a blanket of ashes and lapilli during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79, together with Ercolano, Stabia and Oplonti.

The findings following the excavations are one of the best testimonies of Roman life, as well as the best preserved city of that era; most of the recovered finds are kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples: just the considerable quantity of finds was useful to understand the uses, customs, eating habits and art of life of over two millennia ago.

        Scavi Archeologici di Ercolano

The archaeological excavations of Herculaneum have returned the remains of the ancient city of Herculaneum, buried under a blanket of ashes, lapilli and mud during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79, along with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplonti.

Found by chance following the excavations for the construction of a well in 1709, the archaeological investigations in Herculaneum began in 1738 to continue until 1765; resumed in 1823, they were interrupted again in 1875, until a systematic excavation promoted by Amedeo Maiuri starting from 1927: most of the finds found are housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, while in 2008 the birth of the virtual archaeological museum shows the city before the eruption of Vesuvius.

           Sito Archeologico di Oplonti

For archaeological excavations of Oplonti we mean a series of archaeological finds belonging to the suburban Pompeian area of Oplontis, buried together with Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD: today the archaeological area is located in the center of the modern city Torre Annunziata and includes an otium villa called "di Poppea" and a rustic villa called "B or Lucius Crassius Tertius".

The first campaigns of excavations in the oplontine area were carried out first in the eighteenth century and then during the second half of the nineteenth century, although the first systematic excavations took place in 1964, bringing to light the Villa di Poppea. In 1974 the Villa of Lucius Crassius Tertius was found: to date, the explorations of the two structures have not yet been completed.

                           Vesuvio

It is the only active volcano on the European continent (excluding the islands) and one of the most interesting in the world. Typical example of an enclosed volcano, it consists of an external truncated cone (Monte Somma), with large cratered walls partly demolished, within which is located, eccentrically, a smaller cone (Gran Cono or Vesuvio) but higher of the aforementioned belt. Mount Somma, a surplus of an older volcanic edifice, has a crater diameter of about 4 km and reaches a height of 1,132 m in Punta del Nasone. The Gran Cono or Vesuvius properly called, a culminating relief of the whole apparatus, of more recent and active formation, has a crater of 700 m of diameter. The semicircular rampart of Somma and the Gran Cono are separated by a depression 5 km long and 500 m wide, called Valle del Gigante (distinguished in Atrio del Cavallo in the west and Valle dell'Inferno in the east), which represents the ancient later the Gran Cono was formed. Vesuvius, a characteristic polygenic and mixed volcano, that is made up of lavas of different chemical composition (for example trachytes, tephites, leucitites, etc.) and formed both by lava flows and pyroclastic deposits, has reached its current configuration through various successive periods . At the beginning of the Quaternary era (second phase of the eruption of the Flegrei) an eruption of trachyte was the origin of the primitive Mount Somma; two other paroxysms occurred between about 6,000 and 3,000 BC. and between 3000 and the beginning of the Christian era, giving rise above all to issues of leucitic basalts. Subsequently, after a long period of quiet, the volcanic activity was manifested by earthquakes that preceded, starting from February 5, 63 d.C. (earthquake described by Seneca), the terrible eruption that occurred on August 24, 79, during which they were completely destroyed and buried by a thick blanket of ash, lapilli and lava the three thriving cities of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabia. This eruption, called Plinian, which according to some gave origin to the current Gran Cono del Vesuvio, was the first historically dated and documented in a famous letter to Tacitus written by Pliny the Younger, who lost his uncle, Pliny the Elder, in the cataclysm of his passion as a naturalist. Opportunity to visit wineries and taste their Vesuvian food and wine products.

                      Reggia di Caserta

Designed in the eighteenth century by Luigi Vanvitelli, commissioned by Charles III of Bourbon, the Reggia, which represents the triumph of Italian baroque, is one of the most important works of the famous Neapolitan architect: his visitor is enchanted by the beauty of the interior and the magnificence of the 'external. Carefully detailed and articulated on four monumental courtyards, the building is faced by a scenic park, now a destination for thousands of tourists. The Royal Palace of Caserta presents itself as a real monumental complex that occupies 45,000 square meters and, with its five floors, reaches a height of 36 m. On the main façade there are 143 windows and in the building there are 1200 rooms and 34 staircases. The building is made of bricks and the two lower floors are covered with travertine slabs. The entire structure is crowned by a large central dome. Visiting its interior you are amazed by the continuous succession of stuccos, bas-reliefs, frescoes, sculptures, inlaid floors. Noteworthy are those of the Sala di Astrea, the Sala di Marte and the Sala del Trono. The latter is the largest of the royal apartments and was used for the reception of personalities.

                   Templi di Paestum

Paestum was most likely one of the largest Greek cities on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast in Magna Graecia. After its foundation by Greek settlers with the name of Poseidonia (ancient Greek: Ποσειδωνία) it was conquered by the Lucanians and later by the Romans. The Lucanians renamed it Paistos, while the Romans gave the city its current name. The excavations of Paestum are known for their three ancient Greek temples, which still today present themselves in an excellent state of conservation. Paestum is home to three magnificent Doric temples, which are thought to be dedicated to the city of the same name Poseidon (known to the Romans as Neptune), Hera and Ceres. The temples of Neptune and Hera are located next to each other in the southern part of the site, while the smaller, the temple of Ceres is at the northern end. The Temple of Hera is the oldest of the three temples, built around at 550 BC. It is sometimes called the Basilica, on the basis of an error by previous archaeologists who thought it was a Roman public building, in the sense that the Roman term indicates: a place used as a court building and the assemblies that held the citizens. Neptune is considered to be the most perfect example of Templar Doric architecture in Italy and Greece. The attribution to Neptune is due to the scholars of the eighteenth century who believed the building built in honor of the god Poseidon-Neptune that gives the city its name. Instead, recent studies attribute it to Apollo, in his capacity as a doctor. The Temple of Ceres (or Athena) built about fifty years before the Temple of Neptune and 50 years after that of Hera has some peculiarities that distinguishes it from the other two temples and make it one of the most interesting of Greek architecture. The high pediment and the Doric frieze composed of large limestone blocks make this temple unique. The central part of the site consists of the Roman Forum, with extensive foundations of various public and private buildings. In the north-west of the forum there is a small Roman amphitheater, of which only the southern half is visible.

                                 Campania Express

 

Campania Express is a special  direct train service that from Sorrento goes to  Naples , Herculaneum archaeological site and Pompeii archaeological site.

                          Open Cellar

 

 

A great and interesting event will be held during the last weekend of May: Open Cellars! Many wine cellars in our beautiful region, which will adhere to this unique and unmissable event!

You will have the opportunity to participate in wine tastings, taste traditional products, suggestive guided tours in the cellars and vineyards, all accompanied by music and traditional folk music ballets, there will also be buffets, and many other great activities!

Unmissable opportunity!

Villa Nilla Beatrice

Museums free every first Sunday of the month

 

Every first Sunday of the month you will not pay the ticket to visit monuments, museums, galleries, archaeological digs, parks and gardens classified as national monuments.

Villa Nilla Beatrice

Sorrento musical and           tarantella Sorrentina

 

At the Teatro Tasso in Sorrento you can see shows of tarantella, a typical Sorrentine folk dance, accompany by a dinner directly in the theater. The show is not just a festival of songs and dances of the past: it is a reconstruction of life that took place in the Sorrento peninsula in the past. You can also participate in classes when you can learn to dance the tarantella; It is an important opportunity for those who love to discover the traditions of the places they visit.

                         Festa a Vico

 

Excitement and great curiosity for the 16th edition of Festa a Vico to be held from 3 to 5 June 2019. Theme of this edition "Manima" means that chefs to cook combine hands and soul. Sunday, June 3, the event "The Professors at the University" will take place at "Gigino - Pizza a Metro" in the center of Vico Equense, from 7 pm 50 international Starred Chefs, divided into five brigades, will prepare unique dishes to delight the palate of no less than 500 guests, the proceeds will be donated all in. Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June, at the Hotel Moon Valley in Vico Equense, the "Sostanza" event will be set up, the Chef will select the best raw materials of their territory of origin to make special dishes making them authentic, during all the events there will also be Wine-Growing Houses with their proposals.

International event is unique in its kind!

                   Napoli Pizza Village

 

 

Napoli Pizza Village is a popular event that grows year after year and aspires to promote its territory in a global way through one of the symbols par excellence of Italianity all over the world: pizza. The event will take place once again at the striking Lungomare Caracciolo in Naples (usually in june). A wonderful village of 30,000 square meters, 50 pizzerias and hundreds of prominent figures in the pizza world will meet the audience of fans in a great party, animated by a full calendar of great live events and concerts with completely free access, exhibitions, conferences and seminars, entertainment, entertainment and educational workshops for adults and children.

ERCOLANOUM EXPERIENCE                                                                               BYNIGHT

Exciting nighttime guided tours await you in the ancient city of Ercolano!

From the month of August until the middle of September 2018, every weekend, you can take part in a very unusual guided tour. Accompanied by a Pied Piper, you will be involved for about an hour to discover the ancient part of Herculaneum during a day of celebration and market, there will also be athletic competitions, musical events, and the houses will open to visitors, letting you immerse yourself in a real and just time travel. The visits will be organized on the following dates: 3-4-10-11-17-18-24-25-31 August. 1-7-8-9-14-15-16 September. Timetable hours h.20.10 / 20.40 / 21.10 / 21.40 / 22.10 / 22.55. Duration 60 minutes. Groups of 35 people, meeting area and entrance to Corso Resina di Ercolano. Ticket price € 15.00 per person, free entry for under 17s accompanied by parents, can be purchased at the ticket office of the archaeological site of Ercolano or on www.ticketone.it with an additional cost.

              GUIDED NIGHT TOURS                         AT TEATRO ANTICO DI ERCOLANO

Twenty years later, the Teatro Antico di Ercolano reopens with a series of evening openings in October 2018, with the aim of sharing and involving visitors to the work of conservation and knowledge of this monument after a long restoration process. Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, it was the first monument to be discovered, today it is accessible through the stairs built in 1738 by the Bourbons. Visitors will have the opportunity to venture into this unique and evocative site, in which there are not only the ancient building, artefacts, graffiti, galleries, wells and stalactites created to access the bowels of Ancient Herculaneum. Useful info: Ticket price per person euro 15.00, available at the ticket office of the Herculaneum Excavations every day from 9.00 to 17.00 (until 12.00 on the day of the visit). Visits dates 6,7,13,14 October 2018. Shifts of the descent in the Ancient Theater: 18.30 / 18.45 / 19.00 / 19.15 / 19.30 / 19.45 / 20.00 / 20.15 / 20,30 / 20,45. Duration of the route 45/60 minutes. At the meeting point to present themselves 30 minutes before the visit round, each group is 10 visitors, it goes down to 25 meters from the street level, underground path, forbidden access to minors. We recommend clothing and trekking shoes, be equipped with identification card. The fifth round is dedicated to foreign visitors with visits in English.

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