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The explosion of spring in the heart of the Parco dei Monti Lattari

The show of spring, which is slowly approaching, deserves to be fully experienced, where the season can best express its charm and splendor. Among the privileged destinations for a complete immersion in splendid colored paths, wrapped in a perfume that recalls sweet and pleasant fragrances, there is undoubtedly the Parco dei Monti Lattari, a real backbone of the Sorrento peninsula.

 

Monti Lattari, a bit of history

 

Belonging to the Campania Apennine chain, the Lattari Mountains are the western extension of the Piceni Mountains. They owe their name to the goats and cows that graze there, from which excellent quality milk is produced (hence the Latin name “Lactarii”). If, in Roman times, they were included in the Regio I Latium et Campania, in the Middle Ages they were the place where the then powerful and famous Amalfi Republic was created and where it was deposited. The plain extending north of the Lattari Mountains was the final scenario of the third Gothic War.

 

A landscape that enchants

 

The Monti Lattari Regional Park, whose headquarters is located in the municipality of Corbara, offers one of the widest fans as regards the Apennine hiking trails. The dense network of paths that innervates along the whole mountain range allows you to immerse yourself in the sweet balance between sea and mountain that characterizes the territory, where the coexistence between these two factors is close as in few other places. Most of the reliefs are in fact made up of steep slopes which, not infrequently, turn into real walls, some of which are washed directly by the sea. In fact, the mountain range is delimited to the north-west by the Gulf of Naples, while to the south is the Gulf of Salerno to wet its bases. To complete the picture, we find the Agro Nocerino valley and the Sarno river to the north, while to the east is the Metellian valley to delimit the boundaries within which the mountain range rises imposingly.

 

The suggestive paths to discover

 

From the mountains to the sea, there are four paths that will make you discover the wonders inside the Park: the Path of the Gods, that of Punta Campanella and Baia di Ieranto, the path of Monte Faito and the Molare and, finally, the long walk that explores the Vallone delle ferriere and dei Mulini. In spring, the intense smell of the plants together with the sweet and delicate smell of the flowers allows you to enjoy the wonderful landscape offered by the Park in all its splendor. The Path of the Gods is probably the most prestigious. The latter, connects Bomerano to Positano; along the way, it is possible to admire a considerable quantity of walls and caves which, together with the remains of ancient houses, green wooded stretches and cultivated terraces, constitute a unique panorama of its kind. The Punta Campanella and Baia di Ieranto path unfolds on the far reaches of the Sorrento peninsula, offering a magnificent view first of the Gulf of Naples, then of Salerno. The stretch of the path connects Nerano to Termini. The island of Capri with its faraglioni, always present against the background of the promenade, is the company of those who decide to follow it. The path of Monte Faito and the Molare is bordered by intense vegetation, consisting mainly of beech trees of secular origin. The other predominant element of the path is the limestone always surfacing which, for long stretches of the same, constitutes the surface of the path itself. From the center of Castellamare di Stabia, through this path, it is possible to reach the top of Monte Faito. Finally, the Vallone delle ferriere and dei Mulini path connects Pontone to Amalfi, among pretty alleys and surrounding walls that rise in the shade of gardens and vineyards. The ironworks, which was once a steel plant, is now reduced to ruins, characterized by the typical suggestion of abandoned places. So large that it surmounts the entire surrounding valley with a wide arch, below it the stream that crosses the valley flows into a beautiful waterfall, creating a breathtaking scenery.

 

The Parco dei Monti Lattari is a unique complex to appreciate the scent of vegetation and the shades of colors that distinguish it in the spring season, as well as the beauty of the landscape that characterizes all the itineraries set out above.

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