Saturday, October 8, 2016

Monte Faito Hike

We took a vacation to Napoli for a few weeks.  I was lucky to find a tour up the spine of the Sorrento Peninsula on Monti Lattari.  The driver ascended a narrow, twisty, steep lane to the trailhead at Pian del Pero.  The transition from sunny shoreline at Sorrento to a misty cool, beech forest was very abrupt.  We began ascending gradually on a CAI trail until we approached the top of Monte Faito and its capstone, the Molare monoliths at 1400 meters, large sheer cubes readily recognizable from Vesuvio and and everywhere else in the area.  From here we made a beautiful descent along the Positano side of the peninsula following a horseshoe-shaped canyon.

I'll add the bike climb up Monte Faito to my bucket list, as our guide Gianna mentioned she had led tours of both mountain bikers and road bikers up the climb with very fast curvy descents.   

Le Molare 1400 meters

View from summit toward Li Galli near Positano

Along the crest of Sorrento Peninsula toward Capri

The canyon toward Le Molare

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