One of the tallest peaks in the Picentini Mountains, Mt. Terminio is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families in summer, when its scenic trails offer a respite from the heat and crowds of Sorrento and Naples. Visitors can explore the trails on foot or horseback to enjoy the summit views, or join a guided truffle hunt.
Part of the Picentini Mountain Regional Park near Avellino, Mt. Terminio is the second-highest peak (just 10 feet—3 meters—shy of Mt. Cervialto) in this chain of the Apennine Mountains. There are a number of hiking trails and a mountain highway that climb the slopes of the mountain to the Campolaspierto on the mountain peak, where there are stables for horseback riding and picnic areas overlooking the Salerno Bay and Mt. Vesuvius.
Campania's famed truffles grow at the foot of Mt. Terminio, and foragers use specially trained dogs to go truffle hunting in the wooded areas. The best way to enjoy all that the mountain has to offer is to take a guided tour that includes a walk on the mountain slopes, and an outing with a local forager and trained dogs to hunt truffles.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you’re hiking Mt. Terminio’s trails, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.
- You’ll want to capture the sweeping views from the slopes and summit, so don’t forget your camera.
- There are no restaurants or cafés on the peak of Mt. Terminio, so bring picnic supplies if you’re not joining a tour that includes lunch.
- Outdoor activities are often a welcome break from days of sightseeing for kids, so consider a family-friendly guided hike.
- The mountain trails are not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Mt. Terminio is about an hour east of Naples and about two hours east of Sorrento. There is no public transportation to the mountain, so the best way to visit is to join a guided tour that includes transportation from the coast.
When to Get There
The mountain is a popular destination in summer. Plan to set off early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day, or opt to visit in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder and easier on hikers.
Highlights on Mt. Terminio
The trails and road that climb Mt. Terminio’s slopes first pass the Bocca del Dragone cave and Verteglia plateau (home to a historic church that is now the Principe di Piemonte chalet) before climbing through beech forests and summer pastures to the Acque Nere plateau and Grotta dei Candraloni, a cave and waterfall formed by the Acque Nere river.