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Santuario dell'avvocata

Following in the steps of pilgrims to a historic hermitage. From the town of Maiori an uphill path leads all the way to the summit of Monte Falesia, 800 meters above sea level, and to the Sanctuary of the Madonna dellAvvocata. Built in 1485, the sanctuary is still venerated by the faithful who, each Monday after Pentecost come here from throughout the Campania region and beyond. The path commences with a flight of steps in Via Casale Alto in Maiori. The steps lead up through the vineyards and fruit orchards for circa 30 minutes until reaching the Acqua del Castagno spring. This is the perfect spot in which to replenish your supply of fresh drinking water before recommencing the ascent. From the spring, the path continues, passing by the Grottone, a cave facing on to an impressive sheer drop. After 5 kilometers, the path reaches the Sanctuary dellAvvocata. The complex, comprised of a perimeter wall, convent, small church and wardens lodge, sits on a high plain from where a spectacular view of the Bay of Salerno can be seen. Via a flight of steps, visitors access the cave where it is said the Madonna appeared before a dozing shepherd, and instructed him to build the sanctuary here. Apart from the chance to see one of the Amalfi Coasts most breathtaking panoramas, a visit to the sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to observe the areas Mediterranean flora and fauna, and see rare species such as the purple flowered Portensclagiella and, occasionally, a Peregrine falcon.

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