This walk is a favourite of mine, being conveniently near to where I live. On a hot summer's day I will set off early in the morning and walk down to the bay for a swim, hopefully before anyone else gets there. The pebbled beach is very small and can become extremely crowded in the summer, despite it only being accessible on foot. In fact, since it became part of the Natural Marine Reserve, only a very few motorised boats are allowed in.
Departure Point - Nerano village square.
Type - there and back.
Distance and difficulty -5 km. Track rough in places with steep stretches (downhill there, uphill back).
How to get there - SITA bus from Sorrento/S.Agata/Massa Lubrense or by car. If by car, parking spaces are limited and payable by pay and display.
Useful info - 2 small local stores, a bar and a water fountain in the village square. No more water from then on.
- Landscapes of Sorrento, Amalfi & Capri (Julian Tippett), segment 59.
The path starts just outside the tiny village of Nerano and winds around the hillside above the bay of Cantone.
Along the way you will pass a pretty flowered shrine on your right, where you may find some of the local villagers putting the world to rights.The ancient watchtower of Mont'Alto soon comes to view perched on top of one of the Tre Pizzi (3 peaks).
The path narrows, passing between 2 dry-stone walls leading to a crest named Sprito. From here you can admire views of the Bay of Jeranto with its old abandoned quarry to the left, and Capri's Faraglioni rocks peeping out from behind Punta Campanella to the right.
The path divides. The beach is signposted down to the right, but on the way down I prefer taking the fork to the left, leaving the very steep, uneven and somewhat dilapidated steps for the return walk back up from the beach.
The route to the left takes you more gently downhill to the entrance of the FAI (National Trust) grounds. You can walk freely down through the olive groves on your way to the beach, maybe taking a short detour to visit the old quarry and its buildings which have been turned into a kind of open museum.
In the summer, some people, (mainly the youngsters), prefer to sunbathe on the concrete platform to the left of the beach, a great place for the more courageous to jump off or dive into the sea.
If you fancy a stroll up to the tower, don't go down into the FAI grounds, but follow the small path to the left hugging the dry-stone wall. The views from the tower down to Marina del Cantone and along the Amalfi Coast are magnificent.
On the way back, you can take the slightly kinder and initially shadier route through the olive groves, or the steps..as you come up from the beach, there is a narrow turning off to the left which will bring you to them.