Having already walked along the Amalfi Coast you will have seen the Sorrento Peninsular jutting into the Mediterranean, pointing its long, bony finger towards the Isle of Capri. Today you are walking to the end of this peninsular – its fingernail, so to speak.
The cape of Punta Campanella has great historical importance. The footpath you walk on follows a section of Roman Pavement known as Via Minerva, which led worshippers to a Roman Temple, built as early as 200 B.C., to pay homage to the Goddess of Minerva/Athena. While the temple is gone, the crumbling ruins of a 16th century watchtower continue to guard this important strategic location straddling the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
Spectacular views to Capri’s eastern cliffs dramatically rising from the sea follow you throughout, and only improve with the leg-pumping ascent to Monte San Constanzo. By the top, the deep blue of the Med will envelop 270° around you.
There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; be careful and remain on the path.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic, unless there is a verge separated by line-markings that provides space to walk on.
Much of the path is rocky. Bear in mind these may be slippery when wet, place your feet with care, and use the handrail, where one is provided.
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Points of Interest
Punta Campanella Tower
These waters are heavily trafficked by boats ferrying passengers between Capri and the mainland, but this volume of maritime traffic is not new. Straddling the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, scores of boats have navigated this stretch of water over the years, giving the stone tower its important defensive position. This current tower was built in 1566 to replace an earlier one from 1334.
The Romans used large stone blocks to pave the way from Nocera to the sanctuary of Minvera at the end of the Cape. This was an important site of worship as early as 200 BC. Today much of the path has been rebuilt, or damaged during the construction of the modern lighthouse, however fading signposts will alert you to the sections of Roman road that remain.
Food and Drink
After leaving Termini there are no opportunities to buy food or drink, or to refill your water bottles, so be sure to bring enough provisions for the hike.
Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof/wind-break layer are required. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking.
Be sure to bring plenty of sun cream and a healthy respect for the sun.