From 31 March to the end of November this year, the FAI - Italian Environmental Fund - has planned a series of guided visits in the Bay of Ieranto to allow frequent visitors and especially first-timers to discover and love one of the most beautiful and charming areas of the Sorrento Peninsula. FAI guides will accompany visitors on the various trips, in turn flanked by experts on the various fields of expertise to provide even more details on the more important topics: from art history, from myths to legends, botany to agriculture, geology to archaeology, all of which in the name of environmental protection and respect for nature. The first date on the calendar is 31 March and will be on “The bay of the sacred flower”, dedicated to the fascinating world of wild orchids that grow and have gradually spread over the floor of the old quarry which, as late as the first half of the 20th century, still resounded to thunder and flashes of explosives and the rumble of Italsider trucks. A special guest accompanying the tour will be Enrico Ferranti, agricultural scientist and researcher, who has published an interesting book on the Ieranto orchid. Along the trail the more important plants will be described so as to offer a better understanding of the natural landscape formed by a selection process triggered by both environmental and anthropic factors. Following this line of thought, the orchids are the most extraordinary example in the development process, sculpting these organisms into sophisticated and complex forms: from the pollination process to symbiosis. Anyone choosing to step forward and learn more will remain thrilled. The visit begins in Torre di Montalto with a stop at the farmhouse, moving on towards the former quarry area where you can visit the inside of the buildings of the small industrial archaeology dig site and, finally, the hunt on the quarry floor for the rare “Sacred Flower”: the tiny wild orchid which, despite its beautiful lively colours, is difficult to spot among the undergrowth. During the day, children will be able to participate in a special “Nature School” lesson on the vital coexistence between bees and flowers. Participation is reserved for a maximum 35 persons. The visits must be booked in advance There is a participation fee. Note that the trail followed is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
Antonino De Angelis