Trekking Montepertuso/The hole in the Rock
Ancient mule tracks and precipitous cliff edge paths which, until the modern roads have been built, were the only viable routes existing between the towns dotted along the Amalfi Coast.
Walk through sweet smelling lemon orchards and tiny vegetable patches stolen from the mountainside, under the watchful gaze of the occasional goat or donkey. Pass ancient hermitages and convents to reach panoramas which will, quite literally, take your breath away.
The Legend of Montepertuso
Ancient tradition says that in the 7th century after Christ, in the village of Montepertuso in Positano, a few people lived there having arrived from Asia. They lived in the caves of the mountains that surrounded the village, they ate the food that they hunted in the nearby forests and wore the skins of their prey. One night they were awakened by very close, long and loud thunder. Having come out from their caves, they remained speechless.
A bright light with a central image appeared on the 3rd mountain radiating warmth and peace to all human beings.
A young girl was the first to be wrapped in this supernatural light.
A maternal voice, coming from the light, said: “Don’t be afraid. The devil has been defeated and his efforts against this mountain are over because I have destroyed the evil spirit. Remnants of his snake-shaped body are visible on the other side of the mountain, etched in the rock. Come, then, with me and accompany me to the mountain, where we will stay forever”.
So, coming down from the mountain, everyone was illuminated by the true light in the spirit, they gathered to the new divine sign and stayed until its dwelling. Even nowadays, the outline of the cursed snake still exists in the sunken rock ,so perfect that it is impossible to imitate.
The mountain was ‘holed’ by the index finger of the Madonna, still visible and intact today, and from here derives the name of the village.
There, on that mountain (now no longer a forest, but an enchanted olive grove) the S. Maria delle Grazie Church was built.