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The mountain Monte Epomeo: photos, description

Monte Epomeo is the highest peak of the island of Ischia can be seen from most points of the island. Going up to 789 metres, the mountain is covered with lush vegetation and great vineyards, and about 75 meters from the top covered in white lava. The mountain was formed some ten thousand years ago as a result of the underwater eruption, although it is not a volcano in the literal sense of the word. Rather, it is a result of uplift of magmatic masses from the sea bottom. The name of the mountain Epomeo - comes from the Greek word "epopees", meaning "to look around". It is known that the ancient Greeks and then the Romans lived on the slopes of the Epomeo, starting from the 2nd century BC.

In one of the caves, of which there are several dozen in the body of the mountain, was built a small Church with a shelter, later called San Nicolo in honor of St. Nicholas. It is the oldest and perhaps the most unusual Church of Ischia. She was completely "knocked out" of the volcanic green tuff, archimago for the island. In the cave, the monks and hermits from different parts of the island, and later from the mainland, spent their days in solitude. The Church dates from the early 15th century, and the monastic refuge was carved in the rock around 1587, the year by order of Beatrice La Cuadra, noble neapolitani, who also founded a monastery in the castle Castello Aragonese. Once a year the statue of St. Nicholas from the Church ascend to the top of the mountain - this religious holiday going crowds.

Today in the territory of Monte Epomeo and its surroundings are numerous trails that allow you to get acquainted with the nature and history of these places. It is best to start climbing the roads of the island from the village Fountain - the road to the summit takes from one to two hours depending on the physical training of tourists. The journey was worth the effort - the view from the summit offers spectacular views of the entire island and to neighbouring Islands Procida and Capri and the Bay of Naples.