Places to visit

Sant'Agata is the ideal starting point to visit the most impressive and less known places in the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi coast.

Crapolla

The Crapolla Cove is a charming and fascinating place: nature, sea and a rich history.
Crapolla Cove is one of the most beautiful sites along the coast of Massa Lubrense: in addition to be of natural interest, it still retains visible traces of the past. You can reach it on foot from the village of Torca: from piazza San Tommaso Apostolo take Via Nula and then Via Casalvecchio, where the trail to the fjord begins, indicated by the color blue.
Retracing the route of an ancient mule track, the first part of the trail runs among the green of the Mediterranean maquis and then along the brook Iarito up to the natural lookout “La Guardia”, where a stone bench invites you to stop to admire the wonderful view: in front, the three islands Li Galli, the islands Isca and Vetara; to the left, the Amalfi Coast and, when the air is clear, the whole Gulf of Salerno; to the right, the unmistakable silhouette of Punta Penna.

Crapolla

Marina del Cantone

Marina del Cantone is a small, hidden-away resort in a beautiful location near the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula. The seaside hamlet has a south-facing pebble beach, and can be reached easily as a day trip by bus from Sorrento. It makes a great destination for an excursion, or an off-the-beaten-track base for a few days by the sea.
The beach at Marina del Cantone is fairly narrow, pebbly and shelves into the sea. Out of season you'll find a few sun-loungers dotted along its length. In the summer, these are crowded into rows. If you walk along the beach to the right-hand end as you face the sea, you'll come to rocks which offer a gentler access to the water for paddling. At the other end of the bay, the nucleus of the fishing hamlet can still be seen, with boats pulled up above the beach and a little yellow-and-white-painted church.
There are a couple of bars along the back of the beach, places you can buy ice creams or an ice granita drink, and restaurants which are mostly seasonal and informal. A local speciality is spaghetti alla Nerano, a dish of spaghetti with courgette and cheese.

Marina del Cantone

Bay of Jeranto

The Bay of Ieranto is a rocky cove between Punta Campanella and Punta Penna, is the pearl of the Marine Protected Area and can be reached only on foot. With its pristine beauty, it is among the most picturesque areas of Massa Lubrense.
The path begins from the square of Nerano, a few meters on the road to Marina del Cantone. After about 50 meters uphill, follow signs to Jeranto on the left: the old path passes near the Villa Rosa, where the writer Norman Douglas stayed, and then near a small shrine; in the first section it crosses cultivated vegetable gardens, orchards and olive groves. From the left side, the view opens up on the beaches of Marina del Cantone and the islands of Li Galli and Vetara.
Looking up, under the spur which overlooks the chapel of San Costanzo, you see a large opening in the mountain: it is the entrance to the Cave of Noglie, with stalactites on the ceiling. The trees begin to thin and gradually make space for the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area.

Bay of Jeranto

Deserto

Just a short distance from the town of Sant’Agata it is possible to visit “Il Deserto” (The Desert), a much appreciated location for its magnificent panoramic views, rich in history and legend.
The Monastero del Deserto, was constructed by Carmelite monks in 1679.
For centuries, the monastery has been attracting travelers, including Stendhal and Goethe, with its spellbinding views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno.

Deserto

Monte San Costanzo

Monte San Costanzo is the highest hill of Massa Lubrense and you can easily reach it from Termini on foot, by car or motorbike. The walk is also part of the Athena Trail, a loop circuit connecting Punta Campanella to Monte San Costanzo.

To reach it from Termini, take via Campanella from piazza Santa Croce. At the fork, go left on via del Monte, a winding road that climbs the hill. From the first turn of this road, an ancient path crosses the main road up to the top of Monte San Costanzo.

This little mountain has two peacks: on the left, the one with the characteristic little white church dedicated to San Costanzo; on the right, the other peack with a radio station used for the air traffic control. Between the two peaks, a small pinewood offers a nice shaded area and, for those who came to this point by car or motorbike, the possibility to park.

From this point, few limestone steps lead quickly to the church of Saint Costanzo. To the right, a view from above of the Bay of Ieranto and in front of you there are the three islands of Li Galli

Monte San Costanzo