5 things to see in Massa Lubrense

Just over 25 kilometers from our boutique hotel is Massa Lubrense, a delightful town that occupies the extreme edge of the Sorrento peninsula. Located 120 meters above sea level, it is made up of 18 hamlets, which still retain the charm and authenticity of the past. The territory, rich in history, myths and traditions, is crossed far and wide by an intricate network of paths and mule tracks. As for things to see, there is certainly no shortage. We have selected 5 not to be missed.

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

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The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, former Cathedral of Massa Lubrense, stands in the historic center and is the main monument of the town. It was founded in the first half of the 16th century but, remodeled several times over time, today presents itself in an 18th century guise. The majolica floor is particular, a copy that replaces the original from Chiajese from 1780. Inside it houses numerous works of art that testify to the great artistic fervor present in the Lubrense area between the 16th and 17th centuries. Among these, the panel depicting the Madonna delle Grazie by the painter Marco Cardisco (1527) and the panel of the Baptism of Christ by Girolamoprendito (1590) stand out.

Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Perched on the hills overlooking Sorrento, Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is the largest hamlet of Massa Lubrense. It owes its name to its particular geographical location, in the center between the gulfs of Naples and Salerno. Unmissable is the spectacular view of the “Two Gulfs” which can be admired from the viewpoint of the Monastery of the Benedictine Nuns, located in the highest part of the Desert hill. The belvedere has also enchanted illustrious visitors such as Goethe, Nietzsche, Wagner and Stendhal. The main monument of the hamlet is the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, inside which there is a valuable marble and mother-of-pearl altar created in the 17th century by the sculptor Dionisio Lazzari.

Marina della Lobra

Photo © Corriere della Sera

Another hamlet of Massa Lubrense not to be missed is the ancient seaside village of Marina della Lobra. Enclosed in a natural inlet on the coast, it is dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Lobra (from which it owes its name), built in the first half of the 16th century on the remains of an early Christian church already superimposed on a pagan temple. The village offers a truly picturesque spectacle, as a whole of sounds, colors and smells with a typically Mediterranean charm. Numerous boats and organized trips depart from here to explore the small bays and inlets of the coast, which are otherwise difficult to reach.

The Vervece rock

Photo © Gianluigi Di Maio – Trentaremi

Diving enthusiasts cannot miss the Vervece rock. It is located in front of the small port of Marina della Lobra, about a kilometer from the coast, and is considered a true sanctuary of the sea due to the presence, less than 12 meters away, of the famous statue of the Madonnina which protects divers. Its magnificent seabed offers rocky walls that descend over 50 metres, populated by numerous fish species and colorful gorgonians and sea daisies. Here, on the occasion of the feast of the Madonnina della Vervece (scheduled for the first or second Sunday of September), a ceremony takes place with the celebration of Mass in memory of all those who lost their lives at sea which attracts hundreds of local boats and Not.

The Bay of Ieranto

Photo © FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano

The Bay of Ieranto, within the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella, is one of the most evocative places on the Sorrento peninsula. It seems to have been inhabited since the Neolithic and legend has it that mermaids lived here. The bay is dotted with incredible coves and rocks, caves and beaches immersed in wild nature. Whichever way you look, it offers views that will literally leave you speechless. It can only be accessed by canoe or on foot via a path of medium difficulty (about forty minutes’ walk) which starts from the small square in the hamlet of Nerano.