S. Maria la Carità is a little town not very far from Pompei, C/Mare and Sorrento. It can be considered a typical Italian country town where old traditions and culture are preserved and emphasized. Every year this town organizes an event which starts the last sunday of june and ends at the end of july: “Luglio Sammaritano” (which obtained a silver medal from the Presidency of Italian Republic).
Luglio Sammaritano starts with the Medieval Tournament, in which all the population is divided into different quarters and fight for acquiring the glory. This competition comes from the old tradition of spending warm summer days playing and having fun all together and so born the Medieval Parade. During the parade all the community marches in the town wearing old dressed. One of the competition of the tournament is the “Palio del Ciuccio” in which, just for fun, some donkeys (belonged to a protected breed, counting only 300 examplaries in the world) run all around the main square of the town. The donkeys live in the park called “Parco Masseria Pro-loco” wich could be visited all sundays (free entry). The park is a natural oasis in which you can admire the nice donkeys and other animals (ducks, hens, turkeys, peacocks, pheasants and rabbits). Every donkey is named with a typical neapolitan name and this is a great pride for S. Maria’s inahibitants.
The Luglio Sammaritano is full of other activities such as old medieval plays; a show of figurative and decorative crafts and a singing Festival which carries out at the end of july.
To reach Santa Maria la Carità: exit motorway A3 Scafati-Pompei and follow the traffic signs.
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Easily reachable from Castellammare, Faito Mountain (1.193 meters above the sea), is commonly known with the name of “Molare” for its particular molar tooth shape (see picture). The name “Faito” comes from the word “faggeto” (beechwood) because the mountain is rich of this kind of trees, with ilexes and chestnut trees too. The fruits prosperity has is celebreted on annual feast in November. From the top of the mountain you can view a wonderful landscape: peninsula of Sorrento, Gulf of Salerno and Vesuvius. In the past, the charm of the Faito mountain was already known. Then it became retirement and refuge place for Heremit saints while many people thought the place was lived by elfes and witches.
Today on the Faito it is possible to visit San Catello Cave (where, in the past, hermits were supposed to live). It’s not easy to reach the cave because the path is very impervious. In the silence and the loneliness of woods you can make nice walks; if you have a good stamina, you can reach Sant’Angelo plate and the ancient church of Saint Michele.
On Faito Mountain you can follow various itineraries, different by duration and difficulty degree. In particular we recommend the itinerary organized by the circle Lega Ambiente di Vico Equense “ Il Gheppio”. In various routes you can make bird watching and see greedies like kestrels (gheppio) and the buzzards (poiana). You can observe plants that grow only in the peninsula, for example “santolina napoletana” and “pingiucola”. Be careful if you find this plant: it’s the only carnivorous one living in Naples territory.
Faito mountain is not just nature, it offers the possibility to take a swimbath in a swimming-pool surrounded by trees. Moreover there is the possibility to attempt various sport activities like horse riding. At the end of August a famous horse show takes place here.
Faito Mountain is reachable:
- by cableway, active for 1st April to 30 Octobre, that from Castellammare di Stabia take on top in 8 minutes.
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The popular traditions of Pozzuoli are tied to the activity of fishing. There's a story, perhaps a legend, happened years ago to a young fisherman of Pozzuoli: while fishing, he found, entangled in the net, a suffering dolphin crying like a child; the fisherman decided to amputate a piece of its fin to save its life. Then he threw it again in the sea, hoping that it could survive.
Few months later, during an offshore fishing, the young fisherman saw a dolphin making jumps of gratitude. When it drew near the boat, the fisherman understood that it was really the one he saved, recognizing it from the amputated fin. Since then, all the fishermen called it Mezzarecchia (half ear) and every time that they went to fish, the dolphin drew near their boats: it played and helped them in the fishing, pushing fishes with its tail into their nets. Mezzarecchia became their mascot!
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For those cat lovers out there....Positano is the place to view beautiful cats. Even the strays are well fed and healthy.
Because the cat in the photograph looks very much like our own Sally Cat, we were especially happy when we saw her, and she let us pet her. It did make us a little sad because we were missing Sally Cat.
The cat in the picture was just one of many that we observed. This one was in the park before walking down the incline to the town.
Just like everything else in Positano, the cats are extremely beautiful!
Besides the natural beauty of Pasitano, the man-made statues are also beautiful.
Statues are placed in such lovely locations that they just seem to belong there to emphasize the natural beauty of the land with the created beauty of the art!
The photographs show two examples:
Saint Frances of Assisi
Both were at the top of the incline before going down to the town.
All along the steep inclines of the Amalfi Coast, one can see lemon trees planted in terraced fashion because land is so rugged.
The combination of pleasant weather, plentiful sunshine, and proper soil conditions make for HUGE lemons. These lemons are the largest ever.
The lemons are used to make the wonderful Lemon Liqueur sold thoughout the region.
la pequeña iglesia de Sant Angelo in Formis contiene unos bonitos frescos romanicos que ningun amante del arte puede pasar por alto.
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