Ischia insolite 6th step (Barano – Ischia)
Ischia insolite and segret
6th step (Barano – Ischia) Schiappone, Piano Liguori, Ischia Ponte
An unusual and alternative tour of the island of Ischia along the historic basol roads and the ancient panoramic sentiers
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Ischia unusual and secret: We resume the 6th stage of the tour of Ischia, of unusual and alternative routes, from the locality of Molara in the municipality of Barano d’Ischia. Starting from the state highway 270 (or via Vincenzo Di Meglio) crosses Via Schiappone where there is a bus stop (circular ds and e.). Today I am in Anna and Saverio company that are well equipped with backpack comfortable shoes and clothing onion. The weather of this season can change suddenly and could play tricks.
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After a few hundred meters we are at the crossroads for Chiummano, another town known for its rural characteristics, we turn left and climb the steep road that leads to the church of Madonna di Montevergine where from the churchyard you can enjoy a splendid panorama.
Parked the motorcycle in the small parking lot behind the church we walk on the steep road and immediately we are exchanged for tourists, perhaps because they are equipped with a camera in good shape. The road is dotted with some houses in a state of ruin.
After the first bend you can already see the sea from above and immediately notice in front of Capo Grosso the shape of the Crespa stone, a group of rocks that in winter ripple through a sparkling sea.
We are practically above the Scarrupata in the inlet of the Schita (known quail hunting resort) and we continue on the beaten path that widens and narrows continuously until it rises in a tortuous way with irregular and very steep steps. The continuous erosion of the track and the side walls is very evident, caused by bad weather and accentuated by the lack of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance works.
Once the numerous peasants and hunters who walked the path several times a day always found time to adjust the unsafe dry wall, restore the missing ground in the path or integrate the missing step of the staircase. Today the path, which in some cases becomes a real trench, can be a source of danger for habitual and occasional by-passers. Along the road there are shelters and cellars often almost entirely excavated in the lapillo and pumice embankment.
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As soon as we arrive at the top of the ridge we are astonished by the nature of the place, the Mediterranean thicket, brooms, strawberry trees, myrtles, .. on the valley side facing south to the sea and vast vine-growing areas on the upstream side. On our left there is Mount Vezzi (394 m. S.l.) sadly known for the landslide that interested him in the last years.
We are almost here in Piano Liguori, a plateau at an altitude of 300/350 m above sea level, an area still cultivated by a group of peasants who in a pioneering manner try in every way to work that land. It is said that since ancient times the area was renowned for the production of the precious nectar of the vine that was so sweet and tasty as to seem a liqueur. From the top of the promontory, on the clearest days Procida, Capo Miseno and all the gulf of Naples up to Vesuvius can be glimpsed.
Continuing along via Piano Liguori you pass on the ridge that looks east towards tip of San Pancrazio where on the summit you can glimpse the small church destination of pilgrimages by locals and foreigners. We take the road almost in the trenches to go down to the crossroads of the Cross where on the right we continue to Pignatiello and on the left we descend to Campagnano. The most panoramic walk, with refreshment points and the possibility of tasting local and typical products, provides a wider tour that passes through the town of Pignatiello, the Towers below and above, Grotta di Terra and arrived in the square at the center of Campagnano continues to Ischia Ponte.
Going down the valley from the small road you can catch many perspectives and interesting views of this rural side of the island of Ischia from which derives the very name of “Campagnano” place of countryside.
15 Descent from via Piano Liguori
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After the town of Campagnano we take the road to the right that descends steep and steep that in practice was the old road that led from the ancient village of Ischia bridge with the Castle to the rural village of Campagnano therefore Campagnano old street . You can enjoy a splendid panorama in particular along the entire first part of the road, then continue along the so-called “parracine” dry stone walls.
At the junction of San Michele, continue along G.B. Vico street to go down to Nuova Cartaromana street where you go up to the right for a short stretch until you take the narrow alley to the left of Soronzano street . The narrow road surrounded by lava stone walls is very characteristic and leads to the Soronzano hill in front of the Aragonese Castle where it is possible to have a spectacular view of the ancient manor.
Continuing along the terraced steps in paving stones of the street soronzano you arrive at Ischia Ponte behind the patches. Our stage ends at the Aragonese Castle, just where we left long ago with the prima tappa.
- Take all the necessary information before embarking on the desired path and if necessary, rely on or ask for advice from an expert guide; do not venture without knowing the path that can be dangerous in some cases. Avoid protruding where there are no parapets and you can not see the state of the ground below. Do not lean too much on fences and parapets in protruding and panoramic areas.
- comfortable shoes and suitable for the mountains, dressed in layers (on the onion) recommended hat.