La baia di Ieranto
A sacred place, where the beauty of nature evokes an almost reverential silence. The name Ieranto derives from the Greek "Ieros", or "sacred": nearby, on Campanella point, there was once a sanctuary dedicated to the pagan goddess Athena and it is here that Homer set the Sirens attempt to seduce Ulysses. Today, you can still sense the mystical spirit of the place, as you walk across the waves of rocks, greeted by a succession of spectacular visions of an incredibly blue sea. The path to the Bay of Ieranto commences in the tiny little fishing village of Nerano, a fraction of Massa Lubrense. The bus service to Nerano, departing from Sant’agata. From the square in Nerano, start walking down the main street and, after just a few meters, to your right, youll come across the footpath. The path proceeds over flat ground for circa one kilometer, past the Villa Rosa, where the writer Norman Douglas once resided. From this point on, the olive trees are far and few between, making way for lush, Mediterranean scrub. A downhill stretch between low dry stone walls, brings visitors to a spectacular vision of the sea; the island of Capri; Punta Campanella; the islets of Li Galli and the unmistakable shoreline of the Amalfi Coast. On route, you'll come across the remains of a number of old kilns: from the early to late 20th century the bay was the property of the state-owned Italsider steel company which used to extract the "limestone". Ieranto beach At a certain stage, the path divides into two: heading either uphill to Monte Alto and Punta Penna, or downhill to the small pebble beach of the Bay of Ieranto, where bathers can swim in the warm waters directly opposite the Faraglioni of Capri.