CAI Monti Lattari

310

Trail of the 13 Churches

Starting Location Tramonti (Pucara)
Ending Location Tramonti (Pucara)

Trail info

Main info about the trail

Warnings

The path is not passable due to landslides that have invaded the track 

How to get there
It is a circular path that can be started by any of the villages crossed by it. For those who not stay in Tramonti, it is advisable to depart from Pucara, the official starting point, because easier reaching by public transport. The village of Pucara is located at about 4th Km of the Maiori-Chiunzi Road. The trail begins at the center of the village, at the intersection between the Maiori-Chiunzi Road and Via Conservatorio, which is on the right coming from Maiori. Also Pucara can be reached by SITA bus Maiori-Tramonti line. The bus stop is right at the starting point of the route.
Points of interest along the trail
Pucara (160), Novella (268), Pendolo (323), Intersection 309 Torina (362), Gete (360), Ponte (370), Intersection 310a Putiella (306), Intersection 311 Campinola (385), Trugnano (383), Intersection 310b Casa Lauro (391), Corsano (393), Intersection 314 Capitignano (434), Pietre (406), Intersection 313 Frescale (409), Figlino (360), Intersection 310a Paterno Sant'Arcangelo (270), Sorgente Acqua della Madonna (239), Intersection 315e Paterno Sant'Elia (243), Ferriera (157), Pucara (160)
Water points
Fontana di Pucara Fontana di Novella Fontana di Torina Fontana di Gete Fontana del Ponte Fontana di Campinola Fontana di Corsano Fontana di Capitignano Fontana di Pietre Fontana di Figlino Sorgente Acqua della Madonna

Description

Tramonti is one of the places of Amalfi Coast not on the sea. It is famous because its name has given rise to that of the wind of Tramontana, which the Amalfians called so just because it came from Tramonti, located at north of Amalfi.
The territory is organized in 13 villages, that surround the hill of Santa Maria, where the 1400 castle of Santa Maria la Nova was erected and the cemetery is currently located. The “Trail of the 13 Churches” crosses 11 of these 13 villages and allows visitors to visit 13 ancient churches of medieval origins. As it is a circle route, it can be started from any of the villages that it crosses.
The official start point is at the Pucara village just because it is the easiest way to reach by public transport. Once in Pucara, from the center of the village (m 160), go up along Via Conservatorio (on the right of the road coming from Maiori) until to reach the 1662 Conservatory of San Giuseppe and Teresa, famous to be the place where the typical local liquor named “Concerto” was created from the infusion of 15 herbs. After a few of meters you will find the 1533 church of Sant’Erasmo. The trail continues along the Vallone Sant’Antonio, through which you reach the village of Novella (m 242), where the 1500 Church of San Bartolomeo Apostolo was erepted. After the hamlet of Novella, there is the village Pendolo (m 323) and then the hamlet of Gete (m 360), where the 8 century rock Chapel and the 1743 Church of San Michele Arcangelo are located. It was rebuilt in replacement of the 12th century church, completely destroyed by the 1735 flood. The next hamlet is Ponte (m 370), where the 1700 church of San Felice is located. Once past this church, you need to reach the road Maiori-Chiunzi and to cross it to take the path that is on the other side of the same road. After a few minutes you will reach the place named Putiella (m 306), where you will find the intersection between trails 310CAI and 310aCAI. Continuing along the 310CAI (on the right of the across), you will arrive at the village of Campinola (m 385), where the 1600 Church of St. John the Baptist is located. Inside there is an organ on 1700 of unusual beauty. Immediately after the church, you will reach the intersection with the CAI 311 trail, which leads the Upper trail of Monti Lattari (300CAI). Continuing along the 310CAI, always in the village of Campinola you can visit the Secret Garden of the Soul, which is a botanical-experimental garden where you can see many botanical varieties, including about 300 varieties of roses. Leave the hamlet of Campinola, head towards Trugnano (m 383) and then towards Casa Lauro (m 391), where you will find the path CAI 310b leading to the Pass of Chunizi. After passing Casa Lauro you will arrive in the village of Corsano (m 392), where the 1980 Church of San Salvatore is located, the only church recently built. From Corsano you have to go up the Colle Santa Maria (m 517), where the 1400 Castle of Santa Maria La Nova was located and is currently located the city cemetery. You will descend along the opposite side of the hill to reach the village of Capitignano (m 484), where you will meet the intersection with 314 CAI, which leads the Upper Trail of Monti Lattari (300CAI). After a few hundred meters you will find the 1500 church of Santa Maria della Neve, built on the ruins of the 1200 Church. From Capitignano you go to the village of Pietre (m 406), where, not far from the path, you can visit the 1700 church of San Felice di Tenna, reconstructed on the ruins of the 1500 church, collapsed following the earthquake of 1688. Return to the main path and proceed towards the place named Frescale (m 409), where there is the intersection with 313 CAI, which connects trails 310 CAI and 315d CAI. Continue along 310 until reaching the village of Figlino (m 360), which is the seat of a hospital-befotrophi, which in the VIII-IX century collected the illegitimate newborn children, called “figlini” (in italian it means “minor children”). In Figlino there is the Church of San Pietro, built between the end of 1500 and the beginning of 1600. Inside it is possible to admire a floor of rare beauty, made in 1700 with pottery of Capodimonte. The next hamlet is Paterno Sant’Arcangelo (m 270), where there is one of the oldest churches of Tramonti, the Church of the Ascension, entirely in stone and dating back to the tenth century. The passage from Paterno Sant’Arcangelo to Paterno Sant’Elia takes place through a very characteristic path, which passes through the water source of “Madonna” (m 244) where water supply is possible. In Paterno Sant’Elia (m 243) there is the 1500 Church of Sant’Elia. Always in Paterno Sant’Elia, the 310 CAI is connected to the 315e CAI, which connects Tramonti to Ravello. Finally, it reaches Ferriera village (m 157), known as the presence of an old paper mill, which was produced thanks to the driving force offered by the Reginna Major river, which runs alongside it. Then return to Pucara (m 160), which was the starting point of the excursion.

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