Sorrento Coast and the charming village of Sant’Agata sui due Golfi
On the Sorrento Coast, within the municipality of Massa Lubrense, is the charming village of Sant’Agata sui due Golfi.
We can translate the name of this village into Saint Agatha upon the two gulfs. In fact, the village is located at the very end of the Sorrentine Peninsula, at about 400 meters above the sea, facing both the gulf of Naples and the gulf of Salerno.
This is one the best panorama of the Sorrento&Amalfi Coasts, with the islands of Ischia, Capri and Procida in the distance, and the Li Galli islets. These islets were owned by the Russian dancer Rudolf Nurejev until his death.
The exceptional location makes this one of the most beautiful villages in the area. That’s why more and more tourists visit it every year. So, let’s discover the main monuments in Sant’Agata dei due Golfi.
WHAT TO DO IN SANT’AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI, SORRENTO COAST
Sant’Agata sui due Golfi is a small village with a simple history. The first inhabitants of the place were Greek colonists who built a necropolis. For this reason there are no famous monuments. Despite this, there are a couple that are worth seeing.
THE CURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE
The main one is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The church dates back to 1600 and is in the main square of the town. Its main feature is the beautiful altar with mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli decorations from an ancient church in Naples.
MONASTERO DEL DESERTO AND THE BELVEDERE
The second monument worth visiting is Monastero del Deserto, the Desert Monastery. The monastery is on top of the homonymous hill and was built by the Carmelite friars in 1679. A group of cloistered nuns still live there.
Near the monastery there is the belvedere from which to admire the breathtaking view of the two gulfs.
PATHS NEAR SANT’AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI
The village is surrounded by the Lattari Mountains. For this reason, there are several paths, crossing lemon and olive groves, along which you can see old Saracen towers and other incredible sea views.
THE BEACH OF MARINA DI CRAPOLLA
And if you love the beach, you should definitely visit Marina di Crapolla. You can reach this small beach in two ways: on a boat or walking down hundreds of steps carved into the rock.
A legend says that the apostle Peter landed here on his difficult journey to Rome. For this reason, near the beach there is a small church which celebrate him, built on the remains of an ancient temple of Apollo.
Another good point of Sant’Agata sui due Golfi is its proximity to other interesting towns, such as Vico Equense and Sorrento.