Desert Monastery in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi: a Monastery with a Breathtaking View
If you are planning a trip to Naples, Sorrento or Amalfi Coast in Italy, make sure to put on your list the Desert Monastery in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, because from its roof terrace you will enjoy a terrific 360-degree views over the two Gulfs of Campania: the Gulf of Naples with Mount Vesuvius and its Bay, and the Gulf of Salerno with Capri and its Farglioni Rocks, Ischia and Procida.
The view from the Desert Monastery is one of the most beautiful sights on the Sorrento peninsula, and should not be missed!
The Desert Monastery in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi takes its name from the Hill The Desert on which it was built by the Carmelite friars in the 17th century, and today it belongs to the Benedictine nuns of St Paul. It is located a few kilometres away from Sorrento.
To enjoy the breathtaking view I suggest you to visit the Belvedere roof terrace.
The opening hours of the Belvedere terrace are as follows:
from 1st April to 30th September from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00
from October 1st to March 31st, from 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 3.00pm to 5.00pm (updated to December 2017)
As I said before, the Monastery is inhabited by the Benedictine nuns, very welcoming to all tourists and faithful. It is possible to stay overnight and buy handmade products made by nuns.
A pleasant walk along a tree-lined avenue will lead you to the terrace where you will enjoy the breathtaking view over the Two Gulfs. I find that this walk allows you to free your mind and prepare your soul for a tranquil day.
At the end of the uphill we find a small wood with a panoramic view of the two Gulfs of Campania. On the right side we are captured by the Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples, while on the left side we can enjoy the view of Capri and the Gulf of Salerno.
The Desert Monastery in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi is a perfect place to get in touch with your own spirituality, regardless of religion. This place surrounded by greenery lends itself to meditation, walking, relaxing. I recommend the visit not only for the breathtaking view but also to enjoy the contact with nature, fresh and cleaner air...and the silence!
On the left side of the wood, take the staircase and get on the panoramic roof terrace, where you can admire the beautiful view of Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi. I can assure you that during the sunset the view is even more spectacular! You'll be mesmerized by the vibrant colors and the distance of the horizon visible on the sea.
I let you enjoy the video from the roof terrace of the Desert Monastery, I waited to be alone to shoot the video and admire the view of Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi accompanied by the chirping of birds!
Address & Directions:
Via Deserto, 23 - 80064
Sant’Agata dei due Golfi - Naples
FOR THOSE WHO COMES FROM NAPLES: Take the Napoli - Salerno motorway and exit at "Castellammare di Stabia" then follow the signs for the Sorrento Coast.
Follow the signs for Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, then once in the village follow the signs for via Deserto.
FOR THOSE WHO COMES FROM SALERNO: Take the Salerno Napoli motorway, then exit at Castellammare di Stabia and follow the previous itinerary.
From Naples Central Station take the underpass and follow the signs for the Circumvesuviana. Take the train to Sorrento, then outside the Sorrento station take the bus to San'Agata sui Due Golfi.
From Capodichino airport take the ALIBUS and get off at Naples Central Station and continue on the previous itinerary.
Or take the ALIBUS and get off at the maritime station then take the hydrofoil to Sorrento to reach the Circumvesuviana station and continue on the previous itinerary.