The nature high above the Mediterranean has a very special fragrance. The maquis blooms in spring and exudes an intense fragrance of blooming gorse and the delicate flowers that are flattered by butterflies.
April / May and September to November are the most beautiful hiking months with mild temperatures and vegetation that has something delicious for the eyes, nose and palate at all times.
What to expect when hiking in Southern Italy
Hiking on the path of the gods
The Path of the Gods is one of the most beautiful and spectacular hiking trails in Italy. It leads between heaven and earth with a breathtaking view of the cliffs of the Amalfitana to the island of Capri. Like a painting, the path of the gods leads over old vineyards and terraces, past farmhouses and monasteries that seem to float 650 meters above sea level.
Hike on the Cape of the Sorrento Peninsula
You walk on the path of Minerva in the midst of the flowering and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. The Minvera path was a much used mule track since Greco-Roman times, as it connects the Gulf of Naples with the Gulf of Salerno. At Cap Punta Della Campanella, Capri is almost within your grasp.
The secrets of Montescaglioso
The small town of Montescaglioso is a real insider tip. You will visit the imposing Benedictine abbey, which was built by the Normans. The “Crypt of Original Sin” is a church from the 9th century, which is considered the “Sistine Chapel” of the rock churches. Afterward you deserve a wine tasting with the excellent specialties of the region. You visit a winery that grows the Primitivo di Matera itself. In Miglionico you can immerse yourself in the history of the Middle Ages. The “Castello del Malconsiglio” castle was the scene of the “conspiracy of the barons” for the murder of the King of Naples, Ferdinand I of Aragon, in 1485.
The rock city of Matera with the Sassi
The tour takes you through the alleys, where you walk over cave dwellings, and at the highest point was a small cemetery. At Sasso Barisano you can visit Casa Cava. An old quarry has been turned into a small theater. They enter a former cave-dwelling in which a whole family once lived with their animals.
Hiking in the Gravina National Park
Walking along the largest gorge in Europe, Gravina in Laterza. Your path leads through a unique flora and fauna and follow the path along the gorge until you reach a hut that was carved into the rocks. The shepherds once lived here while their sheep and goats were grazing. At bird watching, certified bird watchers will show you spectacular birds of prey that are on the hunt with their acrobatic whorls.