Hiking to Punta Campanella

A corner of paradise suspended in history, a magical place of eternal beauty.
 
More and more lovers of trekking and nature walks do not give up on one of the most suggestive itineraries in the region, also suitable for beginners, which starts from Termini and offers the chance to try a more demanding route, which goes up to Monte San Costanzo. The reward is to admire breath-taking views, where the sky and the sea of the Mediterranean become one and you can breathe the ancestral charm of a mythical land that is still able to surprise those who venture for these paths with their eyes and heart open to beauty.

Only the sea separates the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula from the very close island of Capri, it almost feels as if you could touch it simply by extending your hand. It is the same sea crossed by Ulysses, the same sky crossed by the song of the Sirens, it is a small world crystallized in time, where it seems to echo the voice of the heroes and gods and we find the deepest and most authentic nature of man it is completed when you are immersed and surrounded by nature.

The very name of Punta Campanella refers to a historical event. The coast was vulnerable to Saracen raids, as proven by the presence of a watchtower dating back to the 14th century. A Saracen ship dropped a bell to the sea bottom taken from the church of Sant’Antonino. Since then, legend has it that every year on the 14th of February, the feast of the saint, the tolling of the bell resounds at the bottom of the sea.

The history of the site, however, is much older. The path of Punta Campanella was, in fact, a Roman road that led to the temple of Minerva, a former temple of Athena. Legend has it that it was erected by Ulysses to thank the goddess of having saved him from the song of the Sirens, inhabitants of the islands of Li Galli. Along the ridge of rock, at sea level, an ancient inscription in Oscan, a pre-Roman language, indicated to ships where to moor to offer libations to the goddess.

The lightest route takes about two hours, for a length of 4 km. The most challenging variant for Monte San Costanzo, on the other hand, leads to a height of 485 m above sea level. The route is dotted with indications painted on the rock by the CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.

The scent of Easter on the dish

At Bellevue Syrene, festivities are celebrated at the table as well. With a really special menu that combines tradition and creativity.

 

“Among the different Easter proposals, our guests can savour the Laticauda lamb of Benevento, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, as well as peas and potatoes”. Our first chef, Ivan Ruocco, recounts the festivity’s menu that he offers to the guests at Bellevue Syrene. “Quality, seasonality, and farm-to-table. These are the principles on which all of our philosophy is based upon. They are fundamental values for us, which are always maintained in our dishes”.

 

The Campania Felix, already celebrated by the ancients, is a region that offers exceptional products all year round. Here, following the rhythms of the earth and the sea means to rejoice every time with appealing and inviting flavours and aromas. Chef Ruocco continues to talk about his Easter cuisine.

“We start with the traditional appetizer, made of hard-boiled eggs, cured meats and the traditional Casatiello. This is a doughnut of seasoned bread that contains within it fresh whole eggs, which in our kitchens as children the little ones had the privilege and the surprise to discover”.

The first traditional dish of the Sorrento tradition, and not only, is the lasagna, rigorously made with hand-made fresh egg pasta by the chef.

“It is the king of the table, red, rich, sumptuous, made with the classic minced meat sauce, tomato, and then ricotta, mozzarella and béchamel to give it softness, all wrapped up in sheets of egg pasta”.

 
And finally, a vegetarian alternative to the classic lasagna.

“At Easter, we are in the period of artichokes: cleaned, cut into thin slices, and sautéed to give them flavour and crunchiness, they go to fill, together with béchamel our pasta sheets, to create a white lasagna with a delicate and surprising taste”. At Bellevue, any food requirement always finds a tasty and tempting answer.

 
The Neapolitan Easter dessert par excellence is the Pastiera, “but this is not just a dessert, it’s history, it’s art …”

Club Lounge experience

An exclusive service for the Guests of Bellevue Syrene, a gift from the Hotel included in your stay.
 
Holiday means freedom. Not having set times, staying out late in the evening, forgetting the alarm clock. Skipping lunch and spend all day on the beach or walking around. Bellevue Syrene has created a complimentary service that is the quintessence of comfort: a club that is always open, an area where you can enjoy a tasteful break during the morning, before lunch, or during the afternoon, for a charming pre-dinner.
 
The Hotel’s philosophy is to take care of the guests and make them feel at home, dedicating them all the small and great attentions that make Sorrento’s Hospitality the emblem of warm, attractive and desirable hospitality, an excellence of style made in Italy. The goal of the Bellevue is to go further, step into the shoes of the Guests, to predict their needs and help them enjoy a truly unforgettable holiday.

For those who want to get up late, after breakfast time, or for those who, on holiday, like to wake up early and return from a walk around mid-morning, a dip in the pool or a swim in the sea of mermaids, between 10.00 and 12.00 at the Club Lounge there is a sweet buffet of croissants, brioches, plum cakes, water, fruit juices and drinks.
 
Maybe instead you prefer to go out late for a ride or an excursion, and then you postpone the main meal in the evening, for a quiet and relaxed dinner after the excitement of the day. Then for lunch just a light snack, a salty snack, a glass of prosecco, to be consumed freely in the elegant room of the Club Lounge, for a salty break from 12.00 to 15.00.

For the sweet craving that is often felt in the early afternoon, between 15.00 and 18.00 waiting for the Guests there are cream cakes, pies, plum cakes, caprese, fruit, drinks and soft drinks, a pleasant break between lunch and dinner.
 
Bellevue Syrene certainly does not forget those who on holiday love to discover the nightlife of the coast, and after a day of sea and sun returns to the hotel to get changed and then plunge into the lively night of Sorrento. At the Club Lounge, the evening starts in the best possible way with an enticing offer of canapés, olives, skewers with cheeses and cured meats, soft drinks, prosecco, wine, and also gin, Campari, Aperol, whisky, vodka and Bacardi. Appetizing aperitif until 9.00 pm