Massa Lubrense: is a very ancient city of the Naples crater, so called in the obsolescent times, land of Minerva is an adorable town on the far end of the Sorrentine Peninsula (only 10 minutes from Sorrento by car or SITA bus). The sea meets the mountains making a rare show of beauty as it frames of the gulfs of Naples and Salerno with their islands (Capri, Ischia, Procida) and the islets (Vervece, Galli). The heart of the town is Largo Vescovado that goes down to the edge of the sea with the 15th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Vescoval palace of the 700s. From here there is a dense networking of branching paths and streets that wind through lemon, olive, chestnut and oak trees to reach the antique houses and vast areas covered with thick Mediterranean shrubs that line the rocky coast and with their smells of myrtle, rosemary, ginestra and carob. Immersed and hidden in this rich green there are different properties to stay in (Villa San Lorenzo, Apartments Lorenzo A, Apt. Lorenzo B, Apt. Lorenzo C,Villa Tatano, Villa Pizzo e Villa Capri).
Massa Lubrense has old historic traditions. It was discovered by the Greek colonies that introduced the worship of the sirens in whose honor they built a sanctuary on the cape of Jeranto "Sirenusiore". Later (IV, III centuries AD) this worship was substituted by that of the goddess Athena. For her, on Punta Campanella, they built a temple that was founded, according to the legend, by Ulysses. The ships that passed by put down their sails and poured honey, wine and oil into the water in honor of the goddess. The territory was then called "Athenaion" and "Cape Minerva".
THINGS TO VISIT:
. The church of S. Teresa: in Baroque style, not far from the Vescovado Square, was founded in 1673. The main alter, is amde of polychrome marbles and is also in Baroque style.
. The church of S. Maria della Lobra: not far from the center in the small village of Marina Lobra is located the 15th century church of S. Maria della Lobra. According to the legend, it has Christian origins and was built in the ruins of an ancient pagan temple. In the little temple, on the altar, there is a fresco of the Virgin of Lobra dating back to the end of the late 30s of the 18th century.
. The Village of the Mar- ina della Lobra: it lies along the slope of the Massa basin among citrus and olive trees. It's characterized by a group of houses, the prevalence of fisherman who go to and fro with their boats at the docks or on the beach.
. The Procession of the Virgin of Assunta: on August 15th, in the romantic reflection of the water of the Marina della Lobra the procession of the Virgin of Assunta can be seen going down to the sea with a long line of boats with lamps accompanying it among the fireworks and the sound of a band playing. The festival ends at night with a contest of fireworks.
THINGS TO ENJOY:
. Limoncello: made from the abundance of the best lemons from Massa and sold not only in our country but to many countries abroad. The lemons known as "femminiello" or "ovale massese" were introduced to Massa by the Gesuiti in the 1600s. The cultivation of this citrus, with a aromatic and thin skin, is widely used because the lemons are used taken from many different fields, including the edible ones. From the skin of lemon, enriched in water, alcohol and sugar, limoncello is made. It is one of the most pleasurable products of our beautiful country.