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Punta Campanella, The Wonders of The Marine Reserve 

Famous for its historical importance and natural beauty, Punta is a marine reserve located between the Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. 

 

Punta Campanella is a stretch of land connecting the Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. The only way to reach this area is by walking across the Northern side of Promontorium Minerva. This location is part of the Athena Trail, a ring-shaped track connecting Punta Campanella to Mountain San Costanzo. 

 

The Characteristic Tower 

Punta Campanella‘s name derives from its Tower. On the orders of Roberto d’Angiò, Neapolitans built the Tower between 1334 and 1335. In 1556, Neapolitans rebuilt the tower once again after the Ottoman Empire destroyed it

People used to spot pirate enemies in the open sea from the Tower and raise the alarm. Specifically, they launched the alarm signal with a little bell, which they had placed on the top of the tower. In this way, the sound could spring to surrounding towers. Altogether, the towers formed a system that guarded and defended Sorrento’s mainland and coast. 

The grey-tuff Tower of Punta Campanella stands on a site where a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena (Minerva) sat. The Greeks founded the temple and handed it to the Romans. Several different archeological ruins confirm that once a temple was present in the area. The ruins are still visible all around the tower. For this reason, people used to dub the Tower as the Minerva Tower.

 

Punta Campanella is a legendary place 

Punta Campanella’s nature and marine reserve have almost remained the same, maintaining their legendary charm unchanged. Unfortunately, not too far from this area, significant urban settlements are present, like Naples or Castellammare di Stabia. 

According to Greek Mythology, Ulysses met the bewitching Sirens in this area, the one who caused the wreck of lots of his ships because of their magic singing. By walking across the left side of the Tower, we can reach the cave where the Sirens lived through a steep path.

Halfway through this path, visitors can find a rock with a rupestrian inscription in Osco. It dates back to the 2nd century B.C. and indicates the landing point for Minerva Temple. Such testimony demonstrates the presence of Italic people in an area always considered as exclusively populated by the Greeks. 

The Marine Park of Punta Campanella and its natural beauties are an extraordinary example of biodiversity. The protection of such treasures is one of the fundamental reasons for the birth of the reserve. Another reason is that the blue of the sea below Punta Campanella was home to several findings dating back to Greek-Roman times. 

Ideal for diving enthusiasts, if you want to do snorkeling, your experience starts from 25 meters depth down to 40 meters.

In the sea below Punta Campanella, several kinds of Gorgonians, different specimens of Anthias, spectacular tuna stocks, and amberjacks live. A floor of yellow sponges surrounds all of these creatures.