The coastline

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Amongst the green olive trees, walnut trees and citrus gardens that dominate the coast, one can feel the strong presence of the sea that gently approaches onto the land around the ports, and captures your gaze from the high standing capes hanging over the waves, as Vesuvius appears on the horizon.

In the deep underground erosions in the caves beneath the tip of the “Scrajo” (name of Latin origin which means “cliff”) is a natural spring that makes the sea waters opalescent. Known since the Roman era, the spring produces twenty thousand cubed metres of sulphurous water possessing precious therapeutic properties, which made “hydrotherapy” famous for more than a century in this part of the coastline.

Continuing along the jagged, cove-rich coastline is Marina di Vico with its typical barrel vaulted-constructions, its beaches and its small port where one may dock or rent a boat.

Marina is connected to the centre of Vico by a long road along which are traces of an ancient Roman villa of Augustan age, with Reticulatum brickwork walls and yellow and red decorative elements. Marina can also be reached through the steps of via Castello, which run along the walls of the medieval castle. Amongst the vegetation are the ruins of ancient mills from 1640 which conducted water from the springs of Sperlonga.

Beyond the cape of Pezzolo, which features findings of Roman maritime villas of the imperial age, is Marina di Equa: this arch over the sea is accessible from Seiano (a fraction of Vico, 3km away) from a road surrounded by citrus gardens and wedged into the Rivo d’Arco valley. The 17th century tower of Caporivo dominates the beach, just to the right of the quaint port crowded by fishermen boats, and was part of the defence structure in Angevin times.

Beyond the square and the chapel dedicated to S. Antonio – from which a charming procession towards the sea is held in honour of the saint – are a series of beaches with clear water rich with fish. Crossing over the beaches is an imposing black tuff arched construction with vaulted ceilings, intended to become an arsenal in the 13th century when, at the time, it housed skilled artisans working on vessels and brigs. It was subsequently transformed into a lime kiln, encouraging the limestone trade (through Naples) up until the last century. It is currently a private property and holds boats.

The coast of Vico received the “blue flag” seal from the F.E.E.E. (Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe) for the cleanliness of its waters and shoreline, which offer the possibility of discovering grottoes, coves and sea beds of unique beauty, just moments away from the town centre.


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