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Santa Maria a Cetrella, Anacapri

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Eremo di Santa Maria a Cetrella is a church in Anacapri on the island of Capri, Italy. It is located on Mount Solaro's Cetrella region. In the Middle Ages, Capriote residents prayed to Santa Maria a Cetrella to intercede on behalf of the island's fishermen.
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  • Descend from Mount Solaro for a path that has recently been tidied up with great skill by volunteers. The show is outstanding as the Hermitage absolutely worth the trip.
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  • The Hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella is a church in Anacapri, situated on Mount Solaro and is in a place called Cetrella, which probably takes its name from an herb that grows in the area with a characteristic smell of lemon. Based on some studies the construction of the monastery dates back to the 15th century° e in the same area there was a temple dedicated to Venus. The structure was then inhabited by hermits of the order of the Franciscans and Dominicans and was the subject of numerous pilgrimages, especially by fishermen, who went to pay homage to the statue of our Lady, before leaving for the collection of coral. The first renovation of the complex was made in 1504 while other works took place between 1614 and 1619 and who saw the added the sacristy. The last hermit lived in the chapel at the end of the century XIX and in 1971 the Prefecture of Naples, he entrusted the complex the family cow.
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  • The Cetrella Valley just as one neighbour of the Anginola, little frequented by tourists, are part of most engaging environments of the island, with a vegetation Mediterranean surprising because unusually green. Access is earned, especially if you decide to walk from Capri by one of the 2 sublime trails the Passetiello and the Anginola (and if you stay several days, feel free to make one and the other). Useless for high-level athletes, a good physical shape and sneakers (are not enough), 2 routes is to preferably uphill, especially the Anginola which features a tricky with chains attached to the rocks. Otherwise, access to the Cetrella can also be done on foot from Anacapri by via Monte Solaro (the last Street just before arriving at the villa San Michele), the elevation is lower even if the slope is supported, and it is a true path, not a path. For those who cannot or do not want to have to climb, it is possible to take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro, and from there back down the trail to the Cetrella, and at the end to Anacapri.
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  • We absolutely loved this place. The view from the terrace is amazing and the people were so very welcoming. We had a great time there. Also a good place, if you like to visit the quiet and lesser crowded side of Capri Island.
  • Try the trekking path that says 'per passetiello' at the left side of this church. ; )
  • Beautiful place to visit to enjoy green, peace and quiet. Could use some guidance along the trails.
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Where to stay in Anacapri

A less expensive alternative to Capri's expensive resorts, Anacapri offers a peaceful setting for a long vacation away from the tourist crowds. The quieter and less explored of the two towns on the island, Anacapri boasts several small hotels with private balconies offering sweeping harbor views. Stay near the compact town center to explore its narrow streets lined with shops and cafes. Surrounded by olive groves and flower gardens, the town's B&Bs offer simple but comfortable rooms, only minutes away from Capri's famous nightlife.
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