Trekking to Piano Liguori, Campagnano
Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Ischia, Piano Liguori is a
small mountain village, once inhabited by various peasant families, who only
went down to the valley to sell products cultivated in their very fertile land;
only a few families still live on the mountain today.
Most of the inhabitants
moved to the centre of Ischia or elsewhere to find work. Of the few families who
remained here, one particular family still upholds its peasant origins against
all odds and that’s where I’ll be taking my group of "friends" ........
start from the Vatoliere area, near Maronti beach and take the tiny street that
leads slightly downhill to the church of the Madonna di Montevergine, a charming
little church in the area known as Schiappone, “Schiappe” referring, in the
local dialect, to the terraced vineyards, ....the only way to cultivate the
hilly land on the island of Ischia. It is almost certain that the people of
Ischia learned this kind of land cultivation from the Greeks, the first
colonizers of the island.
We’ll then walk through a chestnut grove, which will
give us the shade we need, until we arrive at the foot of the mountain, where
we’ll have a wonderful view of the sea. We’ll then go up the "Scarrupata", a
natural fissure in the mountain, skirting its walls through various vineyards
until we see Punta San Pancrazio. The latter is the patron saint of peasants and
his feast is celebrated in May. At Piano Liguori, "Nannina" and her son,
Giuseppe, will be waiting for us at the typical restaurant they run with the
rest of their family, where the view spreads from Capri to the Sorrentine
peninsula, from the Vesuvius to Procida.
As we enjoy the view from the
restaurant terrace and savour the local specialities, we can get to know these
people better, their traditions, their simple, happy way of life......after one
or two glasses of fine local wine, we’ll go on through the vineyards towards
Campagnano. It’s an easy walk, the path rich with vegetation, the sea on our
right along with a view of the gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius.
On the way, a
peasant might easily invite us to drink a good glass of his homemade wine,
enchanting us with his own, personal version of "O sole mio"........we’ll then
continue on our way through more vineyards, with a view of the Aragonese Castle
in Ischia Ponte and we’ll reach the charming village of Campagnano where,
unfortunately, our discovery of peasant life and its charming flavours will come
to an end. If you feel up to it, we can continue walking for another 40 minutes
through the hamlet of San Michele and on to the Bay of Cartaromana.
thermal spring flows directly into the sea, making the latter warmer and richer
in minerals in some intermittent areas.
If the weather holds, we’ll have a restoring swim and end the day with a trip on
a “gozzo”, a typical fishing boat, to Ischia Ponte, where we can have a closer
look of the Aragonese Castle.
Trekking lasts from around 09.00 to 16.00, approx. a 4-hour walk
The hike is approx. 10 Km
About 300m uphill and 300/400m downhill
Price € 25,00
Trekking includes: transfer from and to hotel; trekking guide