Along the Sorrento coast, there is a place where history, myth and nature come together to create a perfect mix of beauty and charm. These are the Baths of Queen Giovanna, a must for those coming to Sorrento
The Sorrento Coast is full of suggestive inlets, but among them that of the Baths of Queen Giovanna conquers the title of the most intriguing beach of the Sorrento Peninsula, for beauty, history and legend.
History and myth, in fact, are founded to the point of giving this place an aura of mystery that makes the Baths of Queen Giovanna a truly fascinating place. The name, in fact, is due to the Queen Giovanna D’angiò that between 1371 and 1435 – it is said – loved to spend the holidays in Sorrento and, in particular, for its moments of pleasure preferred the beach of Capo di Sorrento, where , thanks to the intimacy that allows the natural inlet, could indulge in completely naked baths in the company of his many and very young lovers.
But the history of this place is much older. In that part of the coast, now baptized as “the baths of Queen Giovanna”, stands the large villa of Pollio Felice, one of the Roman nobles. Dating back to the first century BC, the villa had an area of about thirty thousand square meters and was divided into two parts: the domus maritime and the villa immersed in the fields. Today of the extraordinary Roman villa overlooking the sea, which can be reached from both land and sea, it is possible to visit only the ruins.
The archaeological remains have been neglected for a long time, so they were also profaned by writings and drawings, but the atmosphere is very suggestive, with a little imagination, it is not difficult to immerse yourself in the history of that place and imagine how they loved to cuddle the Romans and why Queen Giovanna preferred this place over many others.
The Bagni della Regina Giovanna are within walking distance of Capo di Sorrento, along an internal road that leads to the beach, but if going down is a pleasure, to climb is a bit ‘tougher.
Alternatively, you can admire this place from the sea and with a dip and a few strokes reach the coastal arch that leads to the hidden and intimate beach that guards the adventures of the queen. Just rent a boat at the Port of Sorrento and after just 10 minutes of navigation, here it is, in front of you in all its glory.
In addition, all group tours of the Sorrento and Amalfi coast pass by, only in this case you will have to be content to admire the site from afar.
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