The path “Aprezzami l’asino” (in the dialect of cilento area Appriezzim’u ciucc’) until the beginning of the 20th century was the only coastal route that connected Sapri and Maratea, a very important way for tranding good carried by donkeys. The Path in some points is very narrow and according to a legend when in the past two donkeys coming from opposite directions met, the farmers decided to sacrifice one of the donkeys throwing it into the sea. We hope it’s just a legend.
ALONG THE PATH
The tour begins from the harbor of Sapri from a stone staircase known as “Sentiero degli innamorati” which start from the harbor area. The path in its first section is brick-floored and flat. Nearby Ruotolo spring ,the path just gets tighter. From thereyou can visit “Grotta delle Colonne” and you can reach the base of Torre di Mezzanotte.
THE GLEANER OF SAPRI
From here you can admire the rock of Scialandro where there is the statue of “Spigolatrice di Sapri”, inspired to the famous poem of Luigi Mercantini. This poem was inspired by Carlo Pisacane un successful mission to Sapri (1857) which aimed to liberate the bourbon kingdom of Naples. The Poem is focused on the point of view of a young girl working in the fields who by chance sights the landing. When she meets Pisacane she falls in love with him. The girl supports Pisacane’s men and follows them but ends up being the witness of a slaughter. The most well known verse is “they were three hundred , they were young and strong and they are dead”.
fonte: Clara Miranda e Giovanna Di Luca.