Following Giovanni Visetti's suggestion just a couple of days ago (see previous Blog), in what can only be described as record time, the local authorities have already cleared the ancient Vuallariello track once used by the villagers of Termini to reach Campo Vetavole, thus giving hikers an alternative route now that the path to Punta Campanella is closed. This will not however take you to Punta Campanella unless you fancy a steep and slippery walk down the CAI300 path to the Punta, (which in any case will be off limits and with work going on), only then to have to re-trace your steps back the same way. It is just to give hikers the possibility of an alternative hike in this area.
The new Giro di Santa Croce is very panoramic forming a perfect loop of between 4 and 4.5km with approximately 250m elevation. As already advised in my earlier blog, there are 3 ways of then reaching San Costanzo and Termini, although I would strongly suggest that you first make your way to the view point of Campo Vetavole (395m.a.s.l.) to admire the views.
Giovanni suggests following this new loop anti-clockwise for the following reasons:
- the ascent from Cercito to Vuallariello takes you through woods and is always fairly cool
- as you walk towards Campo Vetavole, you will always have Capri in sight
- if you take one of the CAI trails towards San Costanzo, you will be able to enjoy the views of the bay of Jeranto and Li Galli islands
- from Santa Croce to San Costanzo the view of the chapel is much to be preferred to that of the "radar"
Giovanni has already updated his map, with the Giro di Santa Croce marked in red, indicating the various possibilities with relative distances and heights. The closure of the path to Punta Campanella is also clearly evidenced (purple crosses). In addition he has added the fenced off area of the "radar" as an ulterior aid to getting your bearings.
As per all his maps, this map can be downloaded completely free. Click on this link.Link to Giovanni's latest blog