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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to ISOLA D'ISCHIA Barano D'ischia Casamicciola Terme Serrara Fontana


6 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 39 mt. a.s.l.  Area Barano D'ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Procida
The Aragonese Castle is a fortress which stands on an island tidal rock trachytic place on the eastern side of the island of Ischia, connected by a stone bridge 220 m along the ancient Borgo of Celsa, now known as Ischia Ponte . The islet on which was built the castle comes from Synaptic eruption occurred 300,000 years ago. It reaches a height of 113 meters above sea level and covers an area of about 56 000 m. Geologically it is a bubble of magma that was consolidated during eruptions and is called dome of stagnation. The castle is accessed through a tunnel, dug in the rock and wanted to about the middle of the fifteenth century by Alfonso V of Aragon. Before that access was possible only by sea via a staircase located on the north side of the islet. The tunnel is 400 meters long and the path is illuminated by high skylights that time also acted as piombatoi through which ped hot oil, stones and other materials on any enemies. The next stretch is a trail that winds uphill outdoors and leads up to the top of the island. From this road branching paths that lead children to various buildings and gardens. Since the seventies of the twentieth century is also running an elevator, whose path is carved into the rock and that reaches 60 meters above sea level. You must to Aragonese the modern appearance of the castle: a solid quadrangular, with walls equipped with four towers. Starting from the old male Angevin, in 1441 Alfonso V of Aragon gave birth to a structure restating that of Angevin of Naples. The king built a wooden bridge that connected the island to the main island (which was subsequently replaced by a stone), but until the middle of the fifteenth century the only means of access to the castle consisted of an external staircase of which you can still see some ruins from the sea, from the side which gives the island of Vivara. They were also built massive walls and fortifications (like the so-called piombatoi, ie cracks which were thrown boiling water, molten lead, stones and bullets on the possible invader) in which almost all the people of Ischia found refuge and protection during the raids pirates. Inside the building were placed housing real and those reserved to the courtiers, the troops and servants. At the foot of the castle was instead placed a bunker, used as a district officer of the garrison to the maneuvers of the drawbridge. The heyday of the structure occurred at the end of the sixteenth century, at the time the castle was home to 1892 families, the convent of the Poor Clares, the abbey of Basilian monks of Greece, the bishop with the chapter and the seminar, the prince with the garrison. There were 13 churches, including the cathedral, where December 27, 1509 was celebrated the marriage of Fernando d'Avalos, Marquis of Pescara and commander of the imperial troops of Charles V, and the poet Vittoria Colonna. The living room in the castle of Vittoria Colonna, from 1501 to 1536, coincided with a moment culturally very happy for the whole island: the poet was in fact surrounded by the finest artists and writers of the century, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Ludovico Ariosto, Jacopo Sannazaro, Giovanni Pontano, Bernardo Tasso, Annibale Caro Aretino and many others.


41 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Piano di Sorrento, Nerano, Montepertuso
Sorrento was originally crossed by three valleys are joined together in Roman times; in addition to the so-called Valley of the Mills, who represented the core of this tem, there was also a valley which ended at Marina Grande and another, planted with citrus trees, it is forwarded to the inside, on the hills of the city: the latter two valleys are partly missing, filled up, to make way for roads and buildings. Il Vallone dei Mulini was originated about thirty-five thousand years ago, when a violent eruption of Campi Flegrei, covered the area between Punta Scutolo at Capo di Sorrento debris: the spring water that formed from the low-flow streams, called Casarlano and Sant 'Antonino, who meet just before the start of the valley, dug a deep and narrow gorge, looking for an outlet to the sea. In the sixteenth century the area was owned by the family rate, while later came under the control of the Correale: it was one of the members of this family, Onofrio, in the seventeenth century, built at the mouth of the valley, a harbor, in what is the current Marina Piccola, but that was once called Deer Head or Head of Ceres, the presence of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Ceres and then destroyed by two landslides in 1580 and 1604 in the following years, the bottom of the valley, was built a mill, which, by exploiting the waters of the river, it was used to grind wheat to sell then to Sorrento, a sawmill, which was cherry wood, olive and walnut, then used the artisans of the area, which were obtained by handicraft, and a public laundry: this industrial complex ruins are still visible; the ridges of the valley were also probably used as quarries of tuff to find blocks for the construction of buildings in Sorrento and caves formed as wells were converted to water harvesting. Il Vallone dei Mulini, despite being a long-popular life, however, was subject, at this time, and reproductions of paintings by artists both Italians and foreigners, these sources constitute the only evidence of the area. Sorrento was joined to the rest of the coast by a narrow bridge that exceeded the valley: in 1866 it was decided to remove the bridge and replace it with a square, getting the space needed for its realization, filling part of the throat, obtaining even some locals; so it was that the Vallone dei Mulini found himself divided in two: on the one hand, the outlet to the sea, occupied then by road to the port, the other small industrial complex that ceased to operate in the early twentieth century, both for the lack of water, channeled, both for reasons of climate, as the total absence of wind and high humidity, which constantly hovers around 80%, due to the artificial barrier, made it impossible for any form of human life. However, this has benefited the proliferation of numerous plants, some considered rare or almost completely disappeared, as the Phillitis Vulgaris, as well as various forms of carnivorous plants and bushes capers.


30 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Aversa, Castel Volturno, Bacoli
The State Natural Reserve Castel Volturno covers an area of 268 hectares in the municipality of Castel Volturno, along the Tyrrhenian coast, at the mouth of the Volturno. Interested in a flat area, characterized by hills interspersed with dune depressions interdunal, formed by alluvial sand. The vegetation is typical of the Mediterranean, with arboreal formations of pine, maritime pine and oak; among the shrubs, we find the juniper, phillyrea, myrtle and climbing species like asparagus. Is an important area of refuge for birds, also a function of its position along the coast with strong urban decay.


31 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Capri, Nerano, Sorrento
Marina Grande offers the largest beach of the island, just to the side of the pier arrival of the hydrofoil. Despite the proximity to the harbor water is always clean. The sun goes away by mid-afternoon. The beach is located in the immediate vicinity of the hydrofoil ticket. From there also the crop leading to the Baths of Tiberius


4 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Casamicciola Terme, Barano D'ischia, Ischia
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The island of Ischia thanks to its geo-morphological and climatic peculiarities represents a unique environment in the Mediterranean, a treasure chest full of treasure, a laboratory to live and understand the meaning of the concept of biodiversity. From a geological point of view it is a complex of various lifted and tilted plates, separated by fractures and faults that served often way out of the magma of the local catchment area, thus giving rise to a series of volcanic structures. One of the particularly important events in the geological history of the island that is represented by the eruption of the green tuff. About 55,000 years ago, they formed a giant magma chamber beneath the present-day island of Ischia. The ascent to the roads of the island is definitely an experience not to be missed for anyone visiting, or loves living the island of Ischia. There are many possible routes to get there. The proposed route, crossing the island from one side to the other, will relish the geological history - environmental and anthropological island. It starts from the stables of horses to Fiaiano (fraction of Barano d'Ischia) and you enter immediately into a chestnut. During spring (best time to experience this, because of the many blooms) the view is immediately kidnapped by the light color of the flowers of chestnut from Monte Toppo (427 m asl) to rise, golden brushstrokes seem typical of the deep green sea this side of the island and a sign of great floristic richness. Take the path that goes up to the valley of Buceto, where is the source of the same name, the first section is accompanied by the remains of the old aqueduct that captured the water from the fountain and took her to the village of Celsa (modern Ischia Ponte). Given the high exposure of this first section is the predominant vegetation typical of the Mediterranean, distinguished by the fragrant essences of myrtle enriched by the aromas of wild mint and thyme. After a while, as if by magic, the landscape changes: the particular location and geomorphology of the valley, as well as the abundance of water (the source of Buceto fact), the presence of tall poplars and ailaianti epifitati by creeping ivy and streamers that look like vines high and low ferns and broad-leaved bardane at least one meter, the chirping of birds, make this stretch like a tropical forest.


26 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Bacoli, Cavone, Aversa
  Brochure PDF
A short walk from the center of Naples a green heart : the crater of Astroni The Nature Reserve WWF Astroni Crater is located within a Site of Community Importance of the towns of Pozzuoli and Naples . The Astroni Crater is an extinct volcano that is part of the complex crater Agnano, ed in the volcanic area of Campi Flegrei. Of these is the youngest of the craters , with its 3,600 years and covers 247 hectares. The bottom of the crater Astroni presents some findings such as the Hill of the Emperor and the Col Rotondella that have formed as a result all'attiviata' eruption . At the lowest point of the crater there are three ponds, Big Lake , Cofaniello Small and Cofaniello Grande, with vegetation typical of lake areas ( reeds, rushes, cattails and willows ) . environment The State Natural Reserve Astroni Crater , in Campania , and ' on the western edge of the city' of Naples , although much of the area belong to the municipality of Pozzuoli. The Astroni Crater and ' one of the few craters preserved the entire area of Campi Flegrei , which represents what is called a caldera in geology , that' a vast depression of the land surface , now occupied by dense woods and lakes that make the Campi Flegrei a unique place in the world. The Reserve, which covers an area of about 247 hectares and includes the entire volcanic edifice , is one of the very few remaining natural areas of the province of Naples. The entire crater is currently involved in a dense and diverse vegetation cover which is characterized by the high naturalness ' and the excellent state of preservation. The bottom of the crater , located 10 meters s.l.m. is affected by the presence of three mirrors of water originated as a result of volcanic phenomena which determined the formation of three depressions of different area . The largest is called the Great Lake , which has an area of approximately 3.3 hectares and ' still fed by the waters of the water table , the two depressions more' small instead , fed mainly by rainwater , led to the formation of small and Cofaniello Cofaniello the Great, who are the size of two small ponds.


Loc. NAPOLI - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
32 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 2 mt. a.s.l.  Area Massa di somma, Carditello, Bacoli
The Castel dell'Ovo (castrum Ovi, in Latin), is the oldest castle in the city of Naples and is one of the elements that stand out most in the famous view of the gulf. It is located between the districts of St. Ferdinand and Chiaia, opposite the area of Mergellina. Because of different events which partially destroyed the original appearance thanks to Norman and subsequent reconstruction work that took place during the Angevin and Aragonese, the architectural line of the castle changed drastically until you get to the state where it is today. Its name comes from an ancient legend that the Roman poet Virgil - that in the Middle Ages was considered a magician - hid in the secret building an egg that kept standing the whole fortress. His break would cause not only the collapse of the castle, but also a series of devastating disasters to the city of Naples. During the fourteenth century, in the time of Joan I, the castle suffered extensive damage due to the partial collapse of the arch on which it is placed and to prevent the general public from spreading panic about allegations future disasters that have hit the city , the queen had sworn he replaced the egg. The castle stands on the islet of tufa Megaride (greek: Megaris), natural offshoot of Mount Echia, which was joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of rock. This is the place where it was founded in the eighth century BC Partenope, hands Cumana. During the sixth century BC, the plateau below arose the new residential area (Neapolis). The oldest part of the city was called Palepolis (old town) and fell into disuse in the IV-III century BC.


Loc. NAPOLI - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
33 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Carditello, Massa di somma, Somma vesuviana
  Brochure PDF
The Teatro di San Carlo, former Real Teatro di San Carlo, often referred to as the Teatro San Carlo is an opera house in Naples, as well as one of the most famous and prestigious in the world. It is the oldest opera house in Europe still active, having been founded in 1737 and one of the most capacious theaters of the Italian peninsula. It can accommodate more than two thousand spectators and has a large audience (22 28 23 m), five tiers of boxes arranged in a horseshoe over a large royal box, a gallery and a stage (34 33 m). Given its size and structure, was the model for the next theaters of Europe. Looks out onto the street and, laterally, Piazza Trieste e Trento, the theater, in line with other major architectural works of the period, such as the great royal Bourbon, was the symbol of Naples remarked that his status as a great European capital.


44 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 311 mt. a.s.l.  Area Ercolano, Somma vesuviana, Napoli
The mythical foundation of Herculaneum is attributed to Dionysius of Halicarnassus to Heracles back from Spain. Its surface was about 20 acres, with a population of about 4000 inhabitants. From the first half of the fourth century. BC, the urban layout was divided into three and five decumani hinges, yet not all completely excavated. During the age of Augustus were built or substantially restored many public buildings, such as the Theatre, the Basilica of M. Nonius Balbus, the aqueduct, the network of public fountains and castles aquarum, the temples of the sacred, the Suburban Baths, the Central Baths, the Gym. After the earthquake of 62 AD, Vespasian financed the restoration of the so-called Basilica and the Temple of Magna Mater. Unlike Pompeii in 79 AD, was covered by a torrent of mud pyroclastic a height of about 20 m around which allowed a perfect preservation of organic materials also (vegetables, textiles, wood, etc..).


Loc. AVERSA - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
40 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Carditello, San Tammaro, Santa Maria Capua Vetere
The Park Salvino Arturo Pozzi is the largest green area of the city occupying 22,000 m2. Located in the central part of Aversa is characterized by jogging and walking, has ample parking, children's play areas, bowling with 2 indoor courts (meeting place and recreation for the elderly), basketball court, wooden equipment for exercise / stretching. The park was previously intended for the care of refugees after the war which occupied the barracks located there (still today by many Aversana the park is called Ex Refugee Camp). Over the years, guests at the field were able to find a more suitable home until in 1990 as a result of the trip at Aversa of Pope John Paul II and to allow you to participate in mass to the greater number of the faithful as possible, the City Council decides on 'demolition of barracks and most of the existing buildings in the area and provides enrichment of the green with other flower beds.


41 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 51 mt. a.s.l.  Area Piano di Sorrento, Nerano, Montepertuso
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Sorrento lemon is a fruit or vegetable in Italian Protected Geographical Indication. This fruit is a lemon femminello, and differs from the lemons of the nearby Amalfi coast for the different methods of cultivation and different organoleptic properties (the Amalfi lemon also belongs to a different category, sfusato). Is grown on the Sorrento peninsula, in particular in the municipalities Sorrento, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sorrento, Sorrento, Vico Equense, as well as the island of Capri, with the two common Capri and Anacapri. The femminiello Sorrento, also called lemon Oval of Sorrento (in reference to the oval shape of the fruit) and lemon of Massa (in reference to another town in the peninsula where it is grown), has medium-large (each lemon does not weigh less than 85 grams), a flesh-colored yellow with a highly acidic juice (which differentiates it from moderately acid Amalfi lemon juice) and is rich in vitamin C. the skin is of medium thickness and is very fragrant for rich presence in essential oils, and is yellow citrine. The Sorrento Lemon IGP presents particular techniques of production, based on the cultivation of plants under the pagliarelle, or straw mats resting on the support poles of wood to cover the tops of the trees, in order to protect the trees from the cold and wind and to delay maturation (this is also typical of the production recognized as IGP). In limonicoltura of the Campania region, the Sorrento (which also includes the island of Capri) is greater, even than the coast, constituting 35% of the area planted and 40% of the product, or about 600 hectares and 130,000 tons (about 327,000 of the entire region). As in the Coast, the Sorrento lemon are often called lemon gardens.


30 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Capri, Nerano, Sorrento
The Blue Grotto is a natural cavity length of about 60 meters wide and about 25. Admission is two meters wide and a height of only one. To visit climb aboard small rowing boats that can hold a maximum of 4 people. The sailor will ask you to lie down on the bottom of the boat and enter the cave obtaining the momentum with a chain attached to the rock. The blue color of the cave is given by the sunlight that enters through an underwater window that opens just below the entry gateway, thus undergoing a filtration by water, which absorbs red and let the blue . A second phenomenon determines the silvery reflections of the objects immersed: the air bubbles which adhere to the outer surface of objects, having a refractive index different from that of the water, allow the light to exit. In Roman times, in the time of Tiberius, the cave was used as a sea nymph: the statues found in its interior are now stored at the Red House in Anacapri. For many years the Blue Grotto was never visited and, indeed, it was feared by sailors because the local folk legends described it as a place haunted by the spirits and demons. One day in 1826, however, the local fisherman Angelo Ferraro accompanied the German writer and painter August Kopisch Ernst Fries in visit. The two told of the wonder of the Blue Cave, and since then became stage sets for each trip to Capri


4 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Serrara Fontana, Barano D'ischia, Ischia
  Brochure PDF
From the approximate shape of a trapezoid, the island is approximately 18 sea miles from Naples, is 10 km wide from east to west and 7 km north to south, has a coastline of 34 km and an area of approximately 46.3 km . The highest point is the Epomeo, 788 meters high and located in the center of the island. The latter is a submarine volcano collapsed in the last 100,000 years. Different parts of its coastline are included in marine protected Neptune's Kingdom. Among the enchanting islands that close to the rim of the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is not only the largest but also the most varied for the many and constant discoveries that reserve to those who are really willing to know it thoroughly. This island, of trapezoidal shape, about 46 square kilometers with a coastline of about 34 km, it enjoys one of the most privileged geographical locations in the world and is one of the most favored by the climatic point of view. In its wide beaches and sunny pine forests alternate with relaxing while the countryside and the green hills, the rocky crags of the dominant Epomeo, whose peak reaches 789 meters above sea level, creating an infinite variety of landscapes to enjoy and offer multiple attractive possibilities for invigorating walks and hikes. The island of Ischia, of volcanic origin, holds in its subsoil Finally, as already stated Strabo, authentic gold mines for the extraordinary curative effectiveness of its eight thermo-basins and its even more numerous springs, stoves, geysers and arenas. Today the island is administratively divided into six municipalities, Ischia, Ischia, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano that gradually meet on our tour of the island in an anti-clockwise. Ischia is an ancient city, known since the remote ages for the industry of clay pots from which, as Pliny tells us, the island drew one of his names, Pithaecusa. Originally his city stood where now widens the body of water of the harbor. It was the eruption of a 302. C. to swallow his old village, giving rise to the natural lake, converted in 1854 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon in the current port. In addition to breathe the balmy air of a vast and beautiful pine forest, connected by a bridge to Ischia, rises from the sea the most important monument of the whole island: the Aragonese Castle.


42 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Aversa, Napoli, Somma vesuviana
The history of the Cut is as old as that of the Osco-Samnite tombs discovered in the early '900. It was a vast agricultural area owned by the Lords Loffredo, principles of Cardiff, where there was a quarry tuff and lapilli pozzolan from which were obtained by cutting the stones used for the construction of houses. Since the beginning of '500, the Loffredo have used the Cut to extract stones tuff and lapilli pozzolan, they possessed a team of sed workers who were in the fixed service and the prince who had a house in the yard - up to a few decades ago was referred to as the place that is, the building of the Cut - owned by Prince and the grove that bordered the castle near the present Vico garden. In 1580, Prince Loffredo, for his will, he gave orders to build, just in front of his princely castle, that we can target in Piazza Garibaldi, a church dedicated to the cult of St. Blaise, patron of Cardiff, and the opportunity to put available to its age-old quarry to obtain materials needed for its construction. It is said that: several hundred men, every Sunday, starting from the Cut, which were obtained from the tufa stones for the construction of today Sanctuary of San Biagio, hand in hand transferred to the square as a sign of devotion. The land surrounding the quarry, were put under cultivation by farmers who sowed vegetables of all kinds, there was also the right of lava, an ancient jus that granted to farmers, the possibility of using the wastewater of 'era that reached the site from the Naples area high and which were carved up by them to irrigate their lands. In the same area, during the 700 - 800, when in Cardito was flourishing culture of silkworms, the Cut, where vegetating large mulberry trees, provided the so-called leaf for bugs and appropriating that was a crime punishable by law. After centuries of exploitation of its resources, the quarry was abandoned. The waters from Naples slowly came to fill it by turning it into a dead sea smelly and dangerous to health. Landowners and fittuari, loudly complained of the condition besetting the Cut and the threat that it could cause flooding on their farmland because of the water coming from the Neapolitan capital. In response, the City of Naples decided to buy the surrounding land and forbade the cultivation with the intent to be able to continue its sewage spilled into the Cut, but after a careful consideration of critical conditions besetting the 'whole area and after a big lawsuit, it ended up giving in, even after a disastrous flood in 1969. the whole area came under the protection of the City of Cardiff with the intention of the latter to reclaim and transform it into a large area of green public facilities, in a gathering where it would be possible to meet, make and attend sporting events, cultural and other, not only for the citizens of Cardiff, but for the entire area of the municipalities in the north of Naples . What we can enjoy today is history.


3 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Casamicciola Terme, Serrara Fontana, Barano D'ischia
Pallarito quarry marks the boundary between the borough of Barano and Serrara Fontana. A place of other times, wild and fascinating, because it has not been overturned by the hand of man. In the course of centuries only nature has transformed the site into a spell of purity and authenticity. The tall live oaks seem to touch the sky and clouds, an abundance of oak and ash. That gorge carved by wind and water erosion is dominated by two high ridges, one of which in ancient times was dug a cellaio that farmers used to put the barrels of wine and the tools of the earth. Going up a steep and long staircase there are caves and ravines that at the time you served as a shelter for goats, mules and men. This small kingdom was bequeathed to Salvatore Di Meglio, who makes a bricklayer, who is proud and proud to have achieved his dream: to transform those environments in a house museum. For more than fifteen years has been his home, there were born three sons, now adults. Although fond of that little paradise, he had to leave because it was too wet and cold during the winter. For a long time everything was in a state of disrepair. Only doves, hawks and other birds flew undisturbed around what could be called a small hive. But about seven years is new life in that desolate quarry, which for us locals and tourists was only a place of transit. Salvatore with his clear blue eyes and peering deeply into the museum spends many hours of the day. Welcomes the visitor with naturalness and simplicity, speak little and listen a lot. In his spare time carves wood and stone implements so little masterpieces, which affect because they are very primitive in form, seem to belong to a remote world, which we have lost track. The cellar is full of many tools that belonged to the rural civilization, small and large objects that are made everyday and we would not be able to admire and even to excite touching, if not the Savior had given them available to all those who miss the past and our roots. But not only that, this is also important for the new generations, who must learn that history is made not only of the deeds of men, but also objects which have used it.


18 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 5 mt. a.s.l.  Area Procida, Ischia, Barano D'ischia
The Campi Flegrei occupy the coastal area that extends from the north of Naples to Monte di Procida and since 2003 has become Regional Park . Land of volcanoes and geomorphological phenomena associated with them , is characterized by the presence of the plains of volcanic tufa and pozzolana, volcanic lakes and lagoons , and the Solfatara hydrothermal vents . The archaeological evidence shows employment in prehistoric times, the passage of Mycenaean and Aegean , attendance proto Villanovan . Cuma , founded in the second half of the eighth century . a. C. , is one of the most impressive archeological sites of the area : note the Sybil's Cave , the Greek Acropolis and rear Roman buildings , such as the Roman Crypt and the structures of the hole. From 340 to . C.. in fact, began the domination of the Romans who founded the coast of the Campi Flegrei Puteoli , so named for the presence of water wells and spa where you can visit the macellum , said Serapeum , the temple of Apollo, the amphitheater and the harbor. From the second century BC the area became home to seaside villas , accompanied by impressive spa facilities. It should be noted in the submerged archaeological park and the Archaeological Museum of the Phlegraean Fields .


Loc. SORRENTO - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
42 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Piano di Sorrento, Nerano, Montepertuso
Ieranto Bay is a place of pristine beauty that is in front of the Faraglioni of Capri, ed in the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella. According to legend, the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Ieranto hide the Sirens who enchanted Ulysses during the journey back to Ithaca. The Ieranto bay and the promontory of Punta Campanella offer dazzling views: the coast is dotted with coves, cliffs, caves and beaches, surrounded by lush vegetation and amazing. The area was donated to the FAI in 1986 and covers 49 hectares in the hinterland, covering five kilometers of coastline. The district is divided into two distinct areas: the rocky and steep that closes with Punta Campanella, and that of the slopes more gently sloping headland, which extends from the top of Montalto, ending offshore southwest with Punta Penna. In the middle distance from Punta Penna, the promontory of Montalto softens in a plain natural that goes into an expanse artificial created thanks to the activity of the quarry Ieranto, which was extracted from limestone.


19 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Procida, Cavone, Ischia
The park submerged by the Bay is a marine protected area located on the coast of the province of Naples to the north of the Gulf of Naples. Established in 2002 by a joint decree of the Minister for the Environment and Territory and the Heritage and Cultural Activities, the area represents, together with the underwater park of Gaiola, a unique example in the field of protection of Mediterranean archaeological and naturalistic underwater. The two protected areas, ed on the ground in the broader context of the Parco dei Campi Flegrei jurisdiction of the Region of Campania, aim precisely the protection and study of archaeological remains submerged in these areas in conjunction with the preservation of marine and coastal ecotems. The particularity of these areas is related to the phenomenon of volcanic bradyseism that has always interested the entire north coast of the province of Naples. This phenomenon has caused vertical movements of the area with excursions into positive and negative, causing many meters over the last 2000 years the sinking of the Roman coastline of about 6-8 meters. Around the first century B.C. In fact, the entire coastal area north of Naples was a flourishing resort, made fashionable by the presence of an imperial villa, the Pausilypon precisely that gave its name to the promontory of Posillipo, built by the wealthy freedman Publio Vedio Pollio. This man to his death in 15 BC, Augustus appointed heir of all his possessions, including Pausilypon. Later enlarged and embellished as imperial property, this place seems to have seen the tragic end of the conspiracy against the emperor Nero. Also on this coast are inundated remnants of the commercial ports of the Bay (Lacus Baianus) and the Portus Julius. Further north was the seat of the Port of Cape Misenum historical site of the Roman Imperial Fleet. The extraordinary value of these sites is given both by the remarkable state of preservation of the archaeological as well as historical and archaeological value from their objective. Mosaics are traces of frescoes, sculptures, road layouts and columns, are submerged in about 5 meters below sea level between anemones and starfish shoals of damselfish. Moreover, the presence of submerged ecotems valuable as the back to precoralligeno and communities of seagrass (Posidonia oceanica and Cymodocea nodosa essentially) make such environments places significant natural value and recognized as such by both the Italian national legislation, both from the Community. The place is highly suggestive, and makes this stretch of the seabed a small Roman Atlantis.



40 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 50 mt. a.s.l.  Area Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento, Capri
Location loved and chosen by the Romans to build their sumptuous villas where dedicated themselves . Meta famous travelers since the eighteenth century : Wagner , Nietzsche, Goethe and Dickens chose it as their cultural leg of their journey and their pages have photographed indelibly the beauty . Antiquity and classicism , nature and gastronomic delights some of the reasons that have made the Sorrento peninsula one of the busiest places in the Grand Tour The Sorrento Peninsula is a riot of colors and flavors , coves and breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea . Bathing facilities meet all the many and varied needs. It is located between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno (such as curtain ) and falls in the provinces of Naples and Salerno . It is rich in areas famous for their historical and natural beauties . All localities of the peninsula have an ancient and well-established tourist destination and are known all over the world. The territory is completely traversed by the mountain range of Mons Lactarius , which degrade towards the end with the sea resort of Punta Campanella. In front of Punta Campanella , a few sea miles , the island of Capri was once attached to the Sorrento peninsula and currently it is an ideal continuation . The area is in the section of the Campanian coast, located north of the peninsula of Sorrento , overlooking the Bay of Naples is bordered to the east from Sant'Agata sui Due Gulfs , which acts as a common divider between the Amalfi and Sorrento and the Amalfi coast north -west from Castellammare di Stabia. It is a stretch of coastline famous throughout the world for its natural beauty , landscape and gastronomic town and home to major tourist sites . The line takes its name from the town of Sorrento, the city's most significant in the area and the central nucleus of the coast. Behind the coastal insist the Lattari and after it there is instead the Amalfi Coast. The Sorrento coast is also known for some typical products , such as limoncello liqueur made from lemons in the area of Sorrento or Capri , which faces opposite to Massa Lubrense , Provolone del Monaco DOP Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and many other products typical . On the tip of the coast, finally, there is the natural Ieranto Bay and the natural marine protected Punta Campanella.


35 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Carditello, Massa di somma, Ercolano
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Naples, the capital of the province and the region, is the third most populated city in Italy and is an important trade and commerce center and boasts the largest port in Italy. Naples has Greek origins and was born from the merger of Palaepolis (old town) founded by the Cumans between sec. VI and VII BC and Neapolis (new city), which was built nearby in sec. V BC In the following centuries it was occupied by the Romans and the Byzantines suffered the domination of the Lombards and Normans in 1139 until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Sicily by Roger II of Hauteville. In 1266 it was conquered by the Angevins under the reign of which was improved roads and new buildings were constructed. In 1442 the Angevins were espugnati by the Aragonese who ruled for 59 years. The most significant impression has been given by the Bourbons in Naples without a doubt that there reigned from 1734 to 1861 the date on which it was annexed to the Kingdom of Naples Italy at the hands of Garibaldi. Despite the serious bombing suffered from Naples during World War II, the city center has retained its splendor.


40 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Carditello, San Tammaro, Santa Maria Capua Vetere
Before the advent of the Normans, in the IX century, the territory was populated by small groupings Aversa, cottages, villas, such as the small village of Sancti Pauli at Averze. It was not until the Norman Conquest, a clear distinct territorial, legal or administrative. Only with the advent of the Normans began to have a well-defined structure. In all probability it was an appropriation of religious, linked to the original chapel of St. Paul, on which the Normans built, in 1053, the Cathedral of Aversa.


Loc. ANACAPRI - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
31 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Capri, Nerano, Sorrento
The town of Punta Carena Lighthouse is located on the west side of the island and is one of the most popular resorts on the island. The area is dominated by a large lighthouse, according to Italy for importance and power of lighting, located on a stretch of coast that is called Punta Carena for its resemblance to the hull of a ship. Going slowly the road that starts from the Caprile Anacapri is possible to admire the rugged coastline that form charming coves, lush Mediterranean vegetation, pine forest overlooking the small bay, the rocky ridge which opens the Caves of Caciocavalli and on which stands the imperious Tower Guard. From the square in Pine, just before you get to the lighthouse of Punta Carena, you can reach one of the main forts used in the past to defend the island from invaders and enjoy an unforgettable panorama. At the foot of the lighthouse there is another fort, this time dating back to the War modiale, from which you can admire the bay of Punta Carena and shift its gaze to the Island of Ischia.


34 Km from MIRAGE
Altitude: 34 mt. a.s.l.  Area Carditello, Massa di somma, Aversa
Located in the heart of the historical center of Naples, Museo Cappella San Severo is a jewel of the world's artistic heritage. Creativity Baroque and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery blend to create a unique atmosphere, almost out of time. Among the masterpieces such as the famous Veiled Christ, whose image has gone around the world for its prodigious weaving of the veil marble wonders of virtuosity as the Disillusion and enigmatic presence as the Anatomical Machines, Cappella San Severo is one of the most unique monuments that human ingenuity has ever devised. A noble mausoleum, a temple of initiation in which it is admirably transfused the multifaceted personality of its brilliant creator: Raimondo di Sangro, seventh Prince of San Severo.


3 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Barano D'ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Ischia
The Poseidon Thermal Gardens offer an all-natural well-being of exploiting the properties of the hot springs on the island of Ischia. Private beach, 22 pools, 15 to 40 degrees, completely surrounded by nature. A mix of nature, spa and sea, waiting to be discovered. Type of water: salt, bromine and iodine, sodium-chloride-sulphate-alkaline magnesium compounds with traces of iron and radon. Pathologies treated: degenerative and post-traumatic orthopedic diseases, rheumatic diseases and joints, chronic respiratory diseases, dermatological diseases. Services: Aerosol, Bath marine minerals, baths, light therapy, Grotte baths, inhalations, vaginal irrigations, Mud masks, massage therapy, Sandblasting


31 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Anacapri, Nerano, Sorrento
  Brochure PDF
If Capri is glamorous and glittering, a gem nestled among the rocks, to find the most accurate information and wild side of the island you have to deal with three miles of switchbacks uphill overlooking the sea to reach Anacapri, the second largest municipality on the island. The historic center of Anacapri is a place where you can still walk calmly between silent streets and squares colored geraniums and bougainvillea. In Anacapri you get with the minibus that leaves from the center of Capri Marina Grande. The main bus stop is Piazza Vittoria. Can not miss it: it is the one where the driver opens the door and screams Anacapri. Not far from Victoria Square, just above the stairs, is the station of the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro and Via Capodimonte, alMuseo the road leading to Villa San Michele and the belvedere overlooking the Gulf of Naples. From Piazza Vittoria also Via Giuseppe Orlandi, the pedestrian street that runs through the center of Anacapri. The Red House Secendendo along Via Orlandi on the right you will come across in the unique profile of the Red House, a villa painted in Pompeian red made with most architectural styles: battlements and mullioned windows, inside you can see the structure of a square tower and arcaded courtyard . Inside the Casa Rossa is a permanent exhibition entitled The painted island. The collection includes pictures of Capri in its traditions and daily habits of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Inside there are also three Roman statues found in 1964 and in 1974 in the Blue Grotto. Church of San Michele Continuing along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, on the left is St. Nicholas dellaChiesa where there is the entrance of St. Michael. It is a baroque church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel was built at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries together with the whole of the Teresian to which he belonged. Church of St. Sophia In just a few steps separate the church of San Michele Piazza Armando Diaz, a time where public meetings were held and where even now gather the people of Anacapri, sitting on benches painted majolica. Overlooking the square is the Church of St. Sophia, built in 1510 to replace the old parish of St. Mary of Constantinople.


44 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Sorrento, Montepertuso, Nerano
  Brochure PDF
The extra virgin olive SYRENUM D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) is produced exclusively from the best olives, variety Minucciola, the Sorrento Peninsula. The Is.Me.Cert (Mediterranean Institute of Certification) controls the entire production process: the quality of the olives, milling, oil obtained and packaging. Its color is green with yellow straw-colored, and its scent and its taste recall those of plants typical of the Sorrento Peninsula, such as pennyroyal, rosemary and lemon. With its slightly fruity flavor, extra virgin DOP SYRENUM Sorrento Peninsula can bring on every table and scents of the culinary tradition of the coast of Sorrento.


11 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Ischia, Bacoli, Barano D'ischia
Procida island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is situated at 'mouth of the Gulf of Naples, Ischia (west) and Cape Misenum (east). With its 4 square kilometers, is the smallest of the sisters Ischia and Capri, but has nearly 11,000 inhabitants (Procida). To the west of Procida and connected to it by a bridge, looking towards Ischia, stands the 'uninhabited islet of Vivara, completely covered with Mediterranean scrub. Procida is of volcanic origin, and you can still recognize in his typical half-moon bays, traces of ancient craters (the sources say 5 or 7 craters), the soil consists of yellowish tuffs in depth and a layer of gray clay surface. It reaches a maximum height of 91 m and is therefore quite flat, but the lively villages with houses polychrome, the rich vegetation within which merges a typical Mediterranean architecture spontaneous, clear sea and sunny, and beautiful coastal rocks, generate views landscape of rare beauty, and make it a popular tourist destination. To admire its beauty, to enjoy those shows transfused in art, in literature, in the many movies filmed there, you have to wander through its streets, its vicoli.La pen can only partially describe the wonderful spectacle that is presented to who landed on the island, but it can revive the historical, political, ecclesiastical past. The origins of the name of the island is lost between reality and legend. Among the most suggestive hypothesis is that the name derives from the greek Procida prochetai that is lying, because if you look closely at the morphology of the island you'll find that it seems to lie lying and lying in the sea. Others derive the name from that of a nurse of Aeneas called Procida, that he was buried there. The earliest records date back about Procida, according to testimony more reliable, the eighth century BC when, from the island of Euboea, Chalcis settlers arrived there with their cultural background in the arts and culture. Immediately after the Greeks were to reach the island, leaving clear evidence of their presence is found in the tombs sloping roof on the territory, which in denominations such as topographic and Callia Corricella, which still represent two urban architectural beauty.


36 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Cavone, Avezzano-Sorbello, San Tammaro
The Reserve Variconi is located on the left bank of the mouth of the Volturno River, a short distance from the center of the town of Castel Volturno, a marshy area is of high importance because it is positioned in the center of the Mediterranean. Being one of the last wetlands in Italy has been identified and protected by the Ramsar Convention *, and has become an ideal bridge to the African continent for thousands of birds, twice a year, moving into making spectacular mass migrations . The oasis includes a large brackish environment behind the dunes, has an area of about 194 hectares of which 60% is occupied by two small coastal ponds communicating with each other. The ponds do not have a direct and constant relationship with the sea, but there are channels that connect them over to each other, connecting them to the mouth of the Volturno. The waters are brackish, they derive in part from the infiltration of marine origin and in part by meteoric accretion. The oasis is also a SPA, a Special Protection Area, because of the large number of migratory birds passing through, there were observed by ornithologists, about 250 species of birds and many of them have chosen this place as their area of nesting. In 1978, the Province of Caserta will set up an oasis of fauna protection, while in 1993 the entire area became part of the Natural Reserve Mouth Volturno and Costa Licola of the Campania Region. Beginning in the late summer through the fall, migratory birds routes run through genetically controlled, which lead them in part to winter habitat in the Mediterranean and in part to cross the Sahara to arrive in wintering areas located in equatorial Africa . But already in the month of February and throughout the spring begins to return to the areas of unification. In wetlands Variconi focus is the species that spend the entire winter period, both species following the Tyrrhenian route during migration, both species have elected as their breeding range. Walking in the reserve is a unique experience, there is a nature trail with boardwalks and birdwatching hides for birdwatching. The course was built in 2004, but then the area was abandoned to weather and vandalism. Today, with the intervention of recovery and awareness of Sentinels non-profit organization, which has managed to involve organizations, and local associations, the huts have been completely renovated and re-routes are available for school visits and for all birdwatching enthusiasts.


Loc. CAPRI, ITALY - CAMPANIA  Navigatore
34 Km from MIRAGE
  Area Anacapri, Nerano, Sorrento
  Brochure PDF
No trip to Capri is complete without a tour of the island look closely at the frastagiate coastline, full of caves and coves of the island. The island is, unlike the nearby Ischia and Procida, karstic. Initially it was joined to the Sorrento Peninsula, unless subsequently be partly submerged by the sea and then separated from the mainland, in what is now the Strait of Small Mouth. Capri has a complex morphological structure, with peaks of medium height (Monte Solaro Monte Tiberio me 589 334 m) and vast interior highlands, including the main one is called Anacapri. The coast is indented with numerous coves and bays that alternate with ripidescogliere. The caves, hidden beneath the cliffs, were used in Roman romanacome nymphs of the sumptuous villas that were built here during the Empire. The most famous is undoubtedly the Blue Grotto, where magical lighting effects were described by many writers and poets. Characteristic of Capri's famous Faraglioni, three small rocky islets just off the shore creating a spectacular visual effect and landscape, for they have also been attributed names to distinguish them: Stella is attached to the mainland, Middle Faraglione for what interposed the other two and Out of Stack (or Scopolo) to the most distant island. In Capri there are no more sources of drinking water. The island contains many plant and animal species, some endemic and rare, like the blue lizard, which lives on one of the three Faraglioni. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean, with a prevalence of agaves, prickly pears and brooms. The main population centers are on the island Capri, Anacapri, Marina Grande and the other marine side of Capri Marina Piccola, is less inhabited and even more prone to the phenomenon of speculation that has affected the entire island from the early eighties to today.



Campania is one of the regions in Southern Italy and stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the mouth of the Garigliano River to the Gulf of Policastro. The mildness of the climate, the beauty of the coasts, the richness of its art and history and the love for food make Campania an enjoyable land. The journey starts from the sea, uncontested king of the region, with its intense colours, its coasts rich in bays, coves and rock faces, as well as the islands of Capri and Ischia, true natural masterpieces with even more charm by the flourishing Mediterranean vegetation, interrupted by some small yet pretty towns where to spend your holidays, amid the history and traditions of Campania. How can we forget the monument of nature that dominates this region: the Vesuvius, dark and mysterious, loved for its beauty and feared for its power. Then Naples, famous worldwide for the intensity and passion of its music, that just like the town, mingles cultural and popular, sacred and profane, joyful and melancholic aspects. And Sorrento, a town that lays on a terrace of tuff falling sheer to the sea. In this view of paradise, indented and inaccessible coasts alternate to small and hidden beaches, creating a unique scenery. Here, the work of man was grand. The roughest areas are now made up of a series of terraces sloping down to the sea, used for the cultivation of citrus, olive trees and vines. These gardens give off heady scents of oranges, lemons and orange-blossoms. Music, sea, entertainment and nature, but also history and culture. Visiting places like Paestum, Ercolano, Pompei, the Chartreuse of Padula or the Royal Palace of Caserta is an unforget experience. The provinces of Campania are: Naples (region capital), Caserta, Benevento, Avellino and Salerno.