This is one of the historical links between Massa and Sorrento, locally denominated ‘a via ‘e miezo (the middle way) to distinguish it from Via Montecorbo, which is slightly shorter but steeper. This itinerary also takes you to branch 13a leading to the archaeological site of Regina Giovanna.
Set off from Piazza Veniero and, having crossed the square, go down a few wide steps to the entrance of the Chiesa dell’Annunziata. Continue along Via Fuoro, then straight on across the road past the entrance to the Ulysses car park along Via Trav. Capo. At the end of the lane, you will find some steps coming out onto the busy main road Via Capo. Here turn right and after about 50 metres cross the road using the pedestrian crossing before following Via Capodimonte where the climb starts. Just before the second hairpin bend, take the shortcut up some steps and turn round to admire the view of the Bay of Naples with Marina Grande below. The path continues straight on uphill, with itineraries 14, 15 and 23 leading off to the left.
At the junction, after approximately 50 metres, take the steps to the left of the entrance to Hotel La Badia until you reach the main road. Turn right and after about 100 metres cross the road and take the lane opposite by the bus stop. Keep on walking for around 850 metres until you come to an intersection with a deviation on the right for branches 13a e 13b (both 1100 metres long). Continue straight on along a wide road, blocked by a landslide some years ago. Cross over via the dirt track keeping to the left and you will soon be back on the paved road. A few metres further on, take the lane slightly on the right which will lead you past a private house and a little bridge before coming to some steps which bringing you onto another narrow lane.
Keep walking in the same direction for about 800 metres. The lane is fairly level, panoramic and immersed in olive groves overlooking the sea and the island of Capri. Once it joins a narrow road, go downhill for about 20 metres to a bend and turn left onto the dirt track by the tile. Follow this until you get to some steep, rough stone steps that will bring you down onto the main road Via Partenope. Be very careful of the traffic here as you walk along the road past two bends before going left uphill along Via San Montano. This characteristic (public) lane passes some private houses bringing you to Via Molini, where at the junction with Via Arorella, you turn right and continue downhill towards Massa. Once you come out onto the main road, keep straight on past the Post Office turning right along Via Filangieri until you come to Largo Vescovado where you will find the Town Hall and the church.
From the port: Proceed uphill along via Luigi De Maio. After 400 metres you will come to a hairpin bend with steps opposite taking you directly to Piazza Tasso. You can also take the shuttle bus to the centre if you prefer. Once in the square, cross over and go right down the pedestrian precinct of Corso Italia. After about 600 metres, you will come to Piazza Veniero.
From Sorrento station: Go down the steps of Piazza De Curtis and straight down to Corso Italia. Turn left along the Corso and after 400 metres cross straight over Piazza Tasso continuing along the pedestrian precinct of Corso Italia. After about 600 metres, you will come to Piazza Veniero.