Holidays to Massa Lubrense offer a chance to get away from it all in the beautiful Sorrentine countryside – there’s a quaint little harbour and secluded bays, too. Plus lively Sorrento is just 15 minutes’ drive away.
A charming village
Massa Lubrense is a colourful little fishing village at the southern tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s a quaint, laid-back place where the ancient Romans built their country houses. There are friendly pizzerias along the harbour, plus over 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails at your doorstep – they ziz-zag through olive and citrus groves to the thick pine forest beyond. You’re not far from town either – lively Sorrento is just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Massa Lubrense’s rocky shores aren’t made for swimming, but there are lots of beaches nearby. A 20-minute drive takes you to Nerano, a pebbly beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and bars – and it’s great for snorkelling along the rocky seabed. From here, you can walk to Baia di Ieranto, a gorgeous little bay with clear-blue water and views across to the island of Capri.
The area around Massa Lubrense has over 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails. Some of the routes are steep, but there are plenty of easier ones as well for more leisurely walks. A stroll to the tiny hamlets of Nerano and Capo D’Arco gives you incredible mountain views, and along the way you’ll hear the sound of goldfinches nesting in the pine forests.
Sorrento, Pompeii and Capri
It’s a 15-minute drive to Sorrento, where the ruins of a 1st-century Roman villa are free to explore and the central Piazza Tasso has shops selling the speciality limoncello and lemon baba cake. From here you can hop on a 30-minute train to the famous ruins of Pompeii, or take a 20-minute hydrofoil ride to the island of Capri – Via Camerelle Street is southern Italy’s answer to Rodeo Drive.