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Monday, 22 December 2014

HIKING – A PASSION



Yesterday was the second pre-Christmas annual meeting of the Campania trekking associations.
As per last year, it was held up on Faito, part of the Monte Lattari chain of “mountains”, high above the Sorrento peninsula. It was a brilliantly sunny day, be it with a chilly wind blowing from the North.
To get to Faito, the road is somewhat long and tortuous, however an incredible number of people had made it to the top. There were entire families, a small baby swaddled in blankets, family dogs on leash and off leash, groups of friends of every age range, all  united by one passion: the love of trekking, of being out in the open, of enjoying the wonders of our surroundings.
Before setting off on the hike to our picnic spot, we were entertained by the Zampognari playing traditional Christmas tunes and more. Some people improvised a Tarantella dance, linking arms and swirling around to the music.
The hike then took us gently through the woods, the trees now bare of their leaves which carpeted the ground in hues of russet and gold. We continued around the mountain edge  and up a ridge to Bandera,the amazing views of the entire Sorrento peninsula stretching out before us.
Rucksacks were opened and out came the food – frittata di  spaghetti, cheese, salami,  traditional Christmas biscuits and cakes, torroncini (nougat), mandarins, clementines and much, much more. The wine flowed, toasts were made and before we knew it, it was time to head back to the cars before dusk closed in.
An excellent day for all.
View from Bandera

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