Path to the top of Monte Epomeo

From a small square in Fontana village 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 path to the Monte Epomeo

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 path to the Monte Epomeo

About halfway to the top there is a roadside restaurant.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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 path to the Monte Epomeo

Somewhere the narrow trails leads in the depths of wood.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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 path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

No asphalt, of course, but passable.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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 path to the Monte Epomeo

Another a lair.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo
The path to the Monte Epomeo

Finally, I get out of the dark valley.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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

The path to the Monte Epomeo

The trail takes up steeper.

The path to the Monte Epomeo

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