Monte Epomeo
Monte Epomeo
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  • Katy
    63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great physical activity with a stunning view. Know where you are going before you set out
    Amazing view, maybe don’t do it in the middle of the day heat and be sure you know where you’re going! We hiked between 2 and 3pm and it was a hot day in august! You’ll want water for sure and to stop at one of the two restaurants along the way. You also need good shoes. A few of these paths are *steep and narrow.* I am in moderately good shape (as in I eat really healthy and exercise a few times a week) and I was certainly out of breath a few times on this hike. I think I would have felt better had it not been the middle of the afternoon in the heat. I am also allergic to bees and was a bit anxious dodging them on the paths through all the woods. Going downhill was a breeze and took half the time for sure! We struggled a bit getting there so I want to try and help other travelers have a smoother experience. You are really just guessing and trying to follow signs. If you don’t speak Italian the bus system is a little confusing. You buy a ticket at a newspaper stand/tobacco shop. You are supposed to validate it by popping it in the machine when you board, although no one really seemed to care about this. There are two circuits — CS and CD — one goes clockwise and the other counter clockwise. The roads are windy and chaotic & both my husband and I got a little motion sick. We had small portable fans and used them on the bus. You need to get off at Ferrara Fontana and should tell the bus driver that specifically. You need to be proactive in getting them to stop at your location as they won’t automatically. I’m going to attach a photo of exactly where you get off the bus; it’s in front of this Jesus statue. We used Apple Maps to watch for the stop however, Apple Maps led us astray and we learned Google Maps was more accurate. Once you are off the stop, face the Jesus statue and to your right there is a paved path that should have an icon of a hiker on a sign pointing you to the path. From there, we had service and mapped our way to the first restaurant at the hikes base called La Porta di Agartha. From there, it’s maybe 25-30 minutes to the top. Just be sure to follow the signs. Ultimately, the view was worth it and I’m so glad we made the journey!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Gordon M
    Kelham, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely one of the best things to do on this Island
    Would strongly recommend this The views are absolutely stunning at the top It takes a bit of navigating on the bus routes if you have no car….but we managed it and it shouldn’t put you off. It’s about 3km total from the bus stop (which is the one by the Jesus status - google it and there’s loads of advice on how to get onto the trail). The walk up is steep - but there’s no rush. Just take your time. There’s a cafe half way up and at the top. We chose to get up early one day and although October was still hot by the time we got up there about 10am. The path is well sheltered though so although it’ll get your heart rate up and you might want a fresh t-shirt of the rest of the day….it’s magical up there
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • tripleplay97
    Leicester, United Kingdom704 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent hike - now with little museum!
    If you like hiking, this should be your second priority on the island. It's not an easy walk - quite steep at points and the final path can be extremely slippery - but well worth it if you like that sort of thing. At the start of 2024, a small museum (which wasn't mentioned anywhere I looked) has opened in the old hermitage, providing a glimpse at the life of a 15th century hermit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 3, 2024
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tripleplay97
Leicester, UK704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
If you like hiking, this should be your second priority on the island. It's not an easy walk - quite steep at points and the final path can be extremely slippery - but well worth it if you like that sort of thing.

At the start of 2024, a small museum (which wasn't mentioned anywhere I looked) has opened in the old hermitage, providing a glimpse at the life of a 15th century hermit.
Written February 3, 2024
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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Take a bus to Fontana.
It's about 45 mins to 1 hour to walk up. (I'm not young or fit so if I can do it...) Follow the signs.
It's only 3.5 km but it is up all the way. About a 250-300m climb.
Some shade and three restaurants on the way!
Amazing views (obviously) from the top. Great food in the restaurant at the top.
Written October 25, 2022
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Ur.s.
69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
3km walk (a bit steep at times). Nice views at the top. You can do have of the route by car. There is a little restaurant/ cafe half way to the top. We walked from Fortuna (accessible by bus from Porto or Forio). There is also a path from Forio if you don't want to take the same route down.
Written March 26, 2024
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rkousor
Breda, The Netherlands56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Average level of fitness needed. Plenty 0f water and good shoes.
Here is how we planned our trip. It was amazing and would do it over and over again.
From the Ischia port about 1 minutes walk is the bus station. We bought day trip tickets for 4.50 euros pp.
Of the many buses you can take CD buses go clockwise and CS buses go anticlockwise. We took the CD bus to Fontana stop. It took about 40 mins on the bus. The Fontana bus stop is right outside a church. Its hard to miss since there is a dazzling white stone massive statue of Jesus.
To start the hike we followed the road. Left from the church or with the statue to your back its the road straight ahead. Past the two small shops. A few meters down the road there are signs on the wall. Up ahead is the extremely steep begining of the hike. From here for about 1.5 km the roads are pretty wide and paved. Its quiet with a few vespas and cars driving through. After a while you will get to a bend where on your right is a small car park. On the right is a small restaurant and next to it the path further up. After this point onwards its not possible to drive. It is also not recommended for small children. As you walk further up the road gets narrow and fastly becomes a dirt road. The further you go the narrower the path gets. The terrain gets uneven and you really have to watch your footing. At the top there is a restaurant where you can drink and eat. At the side of the restaurant is a small rocky, steep slop. If you climb that then in a few minutes you will be at the extreme peak of the mountaint. There is a flagpole there. Be very very careful at the peak cliffs as it’s extremely dangerous if you miss your footing. Enjoy your hard earned beautiful breathtaking view.
Climb down is less time consuming at ascending.
Written July 22, 2018
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toujoursparis1
Gainesville, FL336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
We hiked three mountains while in the Naples area including Mt. Vesuvious, Positano and the walk of the gods, and Mt. Epomeo. Our favorite and most rewarding by far was Mt. Epomeo! The feeling you got when you finally reached the top was exciting. Not only for the views, but just for the hike and the camaraderie along the way. The hike is a little strenuous, but if you are n pretty good shape, it is a good workout!
Written May 18, 2012
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Mark W
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The highlight of our trip. We climed in the daytime and it was so amazing we repeated the following morning to see sun rise over the island. It took is 35 minutes to climb on both occasions from Fontana and it is very well signposted. It is a must if you visit the island.
Written August 22, 2018
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theresalwaysone
Lyme Regis, UK495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We caught the local bus from Forio and then walked the 3kms to the top of the mountain. You need decent footwear as it is both steep, narrow and often without anything to hold on to. Most of the walk is in the shade of trees with scents of herbs. There are lovely wild flowers everywhere full of bees and butterflies. The walk winds its way upwards and in the heat of a summers day, is quite a tough walk. In places the path is tiny but always easy to follow. There are lovely views on the way up. The top is very steep, rocky and with no hand holds- you need to have good balance! It is well worth the climb as from the top you can see in every direction, the whole island. Absolutely stunning. There is a brilliant cafe near the top. It has good food which can be eaten either inside or in the garden. The loo is most welcome too! This walk was the highlight of my holiday.
Written June 23, 2017
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Claire J
Milton Keynes, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Me and my partner done this hike during our holiday in ischia, we got the bus CS to serrara Fontana and got off by the church with the statue to Jesus outside in the square!! And started our ascent to the top, if you look across the road you will see a alley way that I signposted saying mount epomeo 3k. This is where we started our hike, it is well signposted from that time on. The start of the hike is very steep and all on roads but as you start getting nearer the top it is very gentle hike, before you start climbing up the mountain trails you will see a lovely restaurant with a nice lady that will tell you what way to go from there. She also does the best bruschetta I have ever tasted and fresh orange/lemon juice! Right by this place you will see the horse tour place they have free sticks for you to use to help you up, just make sure you give them back at the end 😀 it's a great hike from here you will see amazing views and an old church half way up where u can sit and just enjoy the views!! As you get to the summit it is a great feeling as you can see the whole island and on a nice day over to Capri, I would defiantly say to do this its a amazing but quite slippery so make sure to wear trainers and take water.
Written September 19, 2015
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fourviolets
Hertford, UK416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We took the bus around to Fontana and walked from there. I was quite surprised that the walk was not as hard as I had anticipated. It took me about 50 minutes to the top. The start of the walk and in fact about 3/4 of the way is more or less just a steep narrow road with a few cars and motorbikes passing by. You will also pass 4 restaurants so plenty of opportunity to rest and get water. Some people got lifts this far. After the restaurant La Porta di Agartha (very strongly recommended) the road narrows to a track, so narrow that you have to stand aside to allow others to pass going the other way. At some points you are walking up a narrow passage gouged into the tufo. There is a bit of a scramble at one point, I did keep stopping, but it's the steepness that got my breath a bit - my friend waited at Agartha but he is 71 and not good with uneven ground. Luckily someone advised me as I was walking, once you arrive at the restaurant at the very top, go through the door to the back, turn right and go out of the door on the right and you come to a view point. Go the other way and you get to the real top - I didn't do that as I suffer from vertigo and I had superb, clear enough views from where I was.
This is a great walk best done when not too hot and earlier or later in the day when cooler. There is some intermittent shade when walking.
Plenty of room in the restaurants in October.
I was wearing a skirt and walking sandals, but I saw people at the top in sling backs, shorts - and also two young children skipping up, really if taken slowly and steadily, anyone could do this. Coming down is actually marginally worse as there is more danger of slipping, there are a lot of leaves on the paths.
I absolutely loved it.
Written October 18, 2019
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JudyMarmite
Bushey, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
A couple in our fifties and fairly fit we chose an easy way up and more challenging way down. We got the bus from Forio to Fontana and then walked the 3k to the summit. Stunning views on the way up and at the top. The cafe at the top is reasonably priced with unparalleled views. We then descended by foot down a path/road less travelled back to Forio, which took three and a half hours. It was breathtaking, if a little hard on our old joints. Take plenty of water.
Written September 11, 2016
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