Massa Lubrense

Destination Weddings in Massa Lubrense

Massa Lubrense can be called a corner of paradise located between Capri, Positano and Sorrento and probably the quietest place in the whole Costiera Amalfitana.

The territory of Massa Lubrense, in the province of Naples, occupies the final part of the Penisola Sorrentina and is divided into thirty hamlets.

Olive and citrus groves grace this land separated from Capri only by a small stretch of water, three miles wide.

In Massa Lubrense, the beautiful and charming Amalfi Coast town with a sheltered beach of gray sand where you can soak up the sun and swim in the sea, life has a much more relaxed pace than in Sorrento, its better know neighbor. The atmosphere is very “traditional Italian” and you can enjoy spending a leisurable afternoon buying local produce, cheeses, olives, olive oil and wines in the small stores that line the streets and end your day with a simple dinner, a glass of wine and a limoncello at a local trattoria.

If you like to try very special fish restaurants, drive to the nearby port of Marina della Lobra or, if you desire to be spoilt for choices, to Sorrento, only 10 km away.

Nature lovers will enjoy walking on the coastal paths, more than one hundred km of trails, among the ancient olive trees and the scent of the lemons with the breezes coming from the sea.

At the end of the Sorrento Peninsula lays the protected marine area of Punta di Campanella, a marine reserve, and Massa boasts about twenty miles of coastline in the middle of this very special area. A paradise for scuba divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers, this is a great place to admire the varied marine habitat.

There’s a lighthouse and a tower built by Robert of Anjou as a watchtower in the fourteenth century. Erected on the ruins of a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva, this watchtower was used until the seventeenth century to alert the residents to the arrival of Saracen pirate’s ships by the sound of a small bell, campanella in Italian. This explains the modern name of the promontory.

Ruins of a Roman villa can also be seen nearby, along with the stone pavement typical of the Roman roads in some points of the last stretch of the road that leads to the extremity of Punta Campanella.

According to the Greek mythology, the cost of this area was home of the Sirens, sea nymphs with bird’s bodies and women’s faces, who lured sailors to disaster with their enchanting music and singing.

The Greek geographer Strabo, who lived in the first century B.C. wrote that “… to the person who sails around the promontory a few desolate and rocky islets, called Sirens, appear…”. Here the Sirens were perched, enticing the sailors.

In Homer’s Odyssey, Ulysses, before sailing by the coast, followed Circe’s advice and warned his crew with these words: “We must steer clear of the Sirens, their enchanting song, their meadow starred with flowers”.

The curious man that he was, in spite of his warning to the sailors, Ulysses wanted to hear what the Sirens sounded like. He gave orders to his men to plug their ears with beeswax, so that they couldn’t ear anything, and to tie him to the mast, so that he had no way of following the Sirens after listening to their songs. His plan worked out; he could listen to their songs, but could not follow the mysterious creatures!

The modern name of these three small, rocky islets is Li Galli – Il Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia and La Rotonda.

Leonide Massine, Russian choreographer and ballet dancer, bought Li Galli in 1924 and built a majestic villa on the Roman ruins of Il Gallo Lungo, the largest of the three rocks. The architect Le Corbusier later improved the villa.

Rudolf Nureyev, fascinated by the place, became the next owner of the islands and spent there a considerable amount of time.

Massa Lubrense is a gem, an ideal place for a romantic Italian destination wedding, with one danger: you might want to stay there forever!