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Ischia. Climbing Monte Epomeo

The Monte Epomeo mountain - one of the extinct volcanoes that formed the island of Ischia and the highest point of the island. The height of 872 meters is not too impressive, but, through of this, climb to the top of the hill is not too difficult. The road to the top of the mountain starts right from the bus stop of the village of Fontana (map), but not Serrara Fontana, as informs the most of touristic portals.

The route of trekking from the Fontana village to Monte Epomeo mountain

You can get the Fontana village by bus of CD line from Ischia Porto or from the Forio by CS line (map of Ischia bus route). From a small square with a church and a taxi stand begins Epomeo Street (Via Epomeo) and i went there.

Ischia. Fontana village

After a frighteningly steep streets of the village starts quite gently sloping paved road.

Ischia. Fontana village

Along the road stretch symbolic fence of private property, equipped with gates of the old spring beds.

Ischia. Fontana village

Behind one of those fences, I was surprised to see the boat. Let me remind you that the Fontana is at an altitude of almost 500 meters into the center of the island.

Ischia. Fontana village

On a forks mounted signs - difficult to get lost. The total length of the route from the bus stop a little over two kilometers.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

The asphalt ends, then goes a stone road. Right at the beginning that you can see yellow-blue flag posted, I suppose, someone from the Ukrainian tourists. After two days on the island I don't surprised - ukrainian speech are heard here more than russian, as well as in Naples.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

About halfway to the top there is a roadside restaurant.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Then, the road has been going on in real wild forest.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

In the morning the sun was shining, but when I arrived to the Fontana, the sky was closed of dark clouds, therefore, the forest looked grim.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Somewhere the narrow trails leads in the depths of wood.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain. Up to this point, possible to ride on a cargo scooter (very popular transport in the mountains) has been going on a walking trail. The road here diverges in two directions, the direction to the Monte Epomeo is indicated by the hiking mark.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Finally, the sun came out again, and was fun to go.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

No asphalt, of course, but passable.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Nowhere else like in Ischia, I have not seen so many tourists with pets.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

On the right of the course I found a small cave - grotto of St. Francis.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

A long time ago it was a small chapel, about that now resembles a low relief of the cross on the stone wall.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Gradually, the road turns to a narrow trail sandwiched between the moss-covered stone slopes. Sometimes on the way there are such "mines".

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

I suspect that the waste products of horses, on which rolled tourists, cleared naturally. Stone walkway covered with a soft layer of organic matter.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Another a lair.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

In some places the trail turns into a real canyon with almost vertical walls.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

I do not want to be in this canyon during a downpour, which are not rare in April.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain. The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Finally, I get out of the dark valley.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Under my feet I see a sign of civilization. How to appeared here a piece of reinforced concrete - is a puzzle...

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Even higher the trail carved into the soft rocks of tuff that form the top of the mountain.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Finally, very close visible the target of my small trekking - the peak of mountain.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

The final section of trail is on the smooth rock of white tuff.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Here the trail forms the a gutter, the most bizarre forms.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Presumably, in the rain here is the rough stream of water.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

The trail takes up steeper.

The trail to the top of the Monte Epomeo mountain.

Ahead - the most interesting and breathtaking - the top of Mount Epomeo.