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Calabritto and Agripoli – Campania for a long weekend. Part 1

 

If you believe that Campania is just Napoli, Pompeii, and Costiera Amalfitana, you’re simply wrong. Campania has much more to offer than these famous and overcrowded places. There’re trekking paths, beautiful beaches, mountains, waterfalls, the best in the world mozzarella bufala, pizza, and so on. Additionally, Campania is beautiful. And I discovered it just a few days ago.

 

The Calore River.

We spent the last weekend of April there. It was a long weekend in Italy, so people were everywhere, or almost everywhere. Because of it, it was also pretty hard to find accommodation in Agropoli, where we decided to stay, so we booked what was available. I am not a luxury hotel person, as for me accommodation is to sleep and have breakfast. I won’t give you details of our last stay, as it’s not a place I would recommend, because I like a kind of standard. In this case, talking about standards would be an exaggeration. The location was lovely though.

Waterfalls in Calabritto – 1st Day in Campania.

Before going to Agropoli, on the way we drove to Calabritto, which is a small town with some historical landmarks and numerous hiking trails through the breathtaking mountains. We didn’t visit the town, but we visited a waterfall called La Cascata Di Bard’ Natore, which is located at an altitude of 570 m and consists of five falls/levels.

But before you get to the waterfall, you have to drive partly on a rather narrow and full of bends road. We used our friend’s GPS, because, as usual, there were no signposts visible from the road. When the GPS suggested we found the place, we parked on the roadside and found a small sign pointing down the road.

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The path to the waterfall starts here.

 

How to get to the waterfall.

Easily. To get to the Bard’natore waterfall just follow the path. It starts quite calmly and generally is rather easy, but there are some tricky parts if you decide to go to the top. I always think that wearing trekking shoes is a good idea because even the easiest route can have difficult moments.

The marking of the falls of the cascade is a bit confusing, but it’s probably because of the lack of maintenance of the path.
Anyway, It takes about 15 minutes to reach the first (second according to the sign) fall, but of course, it depends on your speed. We were rather slow because I stopped many times just to shot flowers.


Walking ahead, we came across a point that looks like a small crossroads, where there is another road leading down. Don’t pay attention to it, just stick to the path and after a few minutes, you’ll see the stairs. I don’t mind the stairs themselves as long as the steps aren’t high. My knees just don’t like them. They were quite high, as is usually the case with stairs in the mountains, so it took me a while to climb them, but when I saw the waterfall, I forgot about my aching knees.

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The first fall of the cascade.

 

It was lovely although the water level was rather low. I can imagine how beautiful it must be after a snowy and rainy winter.

The stairs leading to the next level/fall/cascade are right next to the main road. Stairs like stairs, neither easy nor difficult.

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Another part of the waterfall.

 How to get to the highest fall of the Bard’natore waterfall.

This might be a bit complicated. First of all, the path is almost invisible, you have to look closely at the grass to see where it is trodden. We found it just by chance.
It starts off easily then gets a bit more difficult. Remember, I’m talking about myself, a middle-aged lady with bad knees.
The path becomes steep and slippery, and you have to hold on to the rope and pull yourself up from time to time to climb it. This piece is not long, but it does require some gymnastics. Of course, then you have to go down, which I did very stylishly. Then you can cross a stream, which probably turns into a river if it rains a lot. There is tape hanging over it, so there is something to hold onto while jumping over the stones. Again a bit up and down until finally, you can admire the beautiful waterfall.

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The highest fall of La Cascata Di Bard’ Natore.

 

Where is the 1st fall of the Bard’natore waterfall?

Honestly, I have no idea. We weren’t able to find the 1st level/waterfall, however, I think it was a small cascade not far from the beginning of the path. I enjoyed the path and waterfalls. They weren’t the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen so far, but definitely worth climbing and puffing in my opinion. We were lucky, as there were no people, so we could enjoy the place in silence, which is really not so obvious nowadays. It’s not so so easy to find natural places without crowds, especially when the access doesn’t require long walking and climbing.

One more thought about nature.

On the way to the Calabritto, I saw how the future awaits every piece of free land in Europe if the hysteria of ‘save the planet’ and ‘zero net’ policy prevail over common sense.
We rode among the once beautiful hills and meadows, now dotted with windmills and here and there farms of solar panels.
To be clear – I am pro-eco and sensible gradual replacement of dirty energy with cleaner energy. But most of all, I’m all for common sense. The entire European Union contributes only 7% to dirtying the planet, so even if tomorrow all of Europe sinks, it will not change much in the world. So the hysteria that without green energy we will perish is at least funny. Besides, cutting down trees to put windmills in their place, or other harm to nature for the sake of the green ideology, is a rather poor solution for me. Well, I’m also allergic to ideologies.
If dazed green energy activists want to replace any form of energy with windmills and solar panels, then every corner of non-urbanized Europe will look like the place I saw going to Calabritto. So enjoy eco-energy-free nature, because it won’t last forever.

The Calore River (Gole del Fiume Calore) and Agropoli – 2nd Day. 

The second day we started visiting the Gole del Fiume Calore (gorge of the Calore River) in Felito. The Calore flows through a series of narrow canyons and drops dramatically over a series of waterfalls. It used to be the most polluted in Italy. It’s not anymore, and people were having a bath in it,

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The Calore River.


There’s a nice park on the shore of the river. It was Sunday, so people were having picnics, children were playing in a small playground, and so on. It’s definitely full of people in the summer because it’s a nice place to spend your free time with your family.

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Fuime Del Calore Park.


If you want to park a car, it costs 5 euros, but there was no one collecting the fee that day. Mauro was happy as one of his hobbies is parking for free.

There are a few paths in the park, but judging by the number of people on the track, the most popular is that which leads to the medieval bridge. I believe not many people get to the end of the track, as we asked many hikers along the way and no one was able to tell us how far it was to the bridge. We didn’t get to the bridge, and according to what I later read on the Internet, it takes about 6 hours to reach it. I admit that I often have a problem with this type of information because 6 hours can mean a round-trip route, and it can also mean a one-way route. It’s weird.


The path starts out uninviting, and I cursed under my breath that there were stairs and stones again, and my knees hurt. Fortunately, it was only at the beginning. Then there are 1 or 2 slightly more difficult sections, but the route is very easy, although as usual, I think that hiking boots are useful. Even if everyone we met at this track was wearing trainers, overall I don’t think following the crowd is a good idea.

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Beautiful colours of the Calore.


Water in mountain rivers is usually crystal-clear and blue. It’s the same with the Calore. Pale blue, sometimes very intense and turquoise, surrounded by steep cliffs and lush vegetation, creates a spectacular and unique landscape that is truly awe-inspiring. I love such a combination of colours. The Calore is a feast for the eye.

After maybe 10-15 minutes (I photographed the flowers) we reached a small square with wooden benches, but on the way, we also stopped at a metal bridge from which we admired the river. And of course, we took some pictures.

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The river seen from the bridge.


We had a short break on the benches. It was lunchtime, and because food is sacred to Italians, so we were alone. Birds were chirping above our heads, butterflies (and flies) were flying around us and underfoot scurried lizards enjoying the sun …. It was charming.

We decided to see where the trail leads and maybe after 5 minutes we reached a small wooden bridge built on the rocks. To cross it we climbed a short ladder, and then we were on the other side of the river.

We went down to the river bank, i.e. on steep white rocks, of course, keeping a safe distance from their edge, trying not to fall, (generally I do not recommend this type of rather risky thing, but the desire to take pictures drove us to the rocks). We walked a few meters along the shore, but the rocks became steeper and slippery, so we returned to the bridge.
From there you can go further up on both sides of the river, but we decided not to go back.

What to do in Agropoli.

In the afternoon we visited Agropoli, which is a very popular tourist destination, at least among Italians. There are apps. 20.000 inhabitants, but Agropoli seems to be bigger. To be honest, I didn’t find Agropoli particularly interesting. It’s pretty Neapolitan in the atmosphere I would say, they even speak Napolitano, however, according to Mauro they don’t want to be compared to Napolitanans
Agropoli has a nice long promenade by the sea (Lungomare San Marco), which is cool for a walk, jogging, and so on. It’s lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants. Agropoli has beaches, loud people, pizzerias, etc, so everything that you can find in the South of Italy. There’s also a medieval borgo that you can access by stairs.

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The square in the Borgo in Agropoli.

 

Borgo in Agropoli is rather small and it looks like many other boroughs in Italy. There’s also a castle, which you can visit. We didn’t do it for a very simple reason. I’ve been to many castles in Italy and 99% of them are just empty walls without any exhibits inside. If I remember well, the ticket costs 3 euros, so it was cheap, but I really don’t find fun in walking around empty walls.

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The castle in Agropoli.

 

What else did we do in Borgo in Agripoli? We ate ice cream and had a drink. There is a nice bar right next to the entrance gate to the Borgo, but there are many bars around as well.
What else you can do in Agropoli? Not a lot, but there are some museums and parks around Agropoli, and of course beaches.

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One of the beaches around Agropoli.


Is it worth visiting Agropoli? In my opinion not really, but everyone has different tastes. I’m guessing it might be a nice place for beach holidays, but again there are better destinations.


What we did during the 3rd and the 4th day you ca read here.

 

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