Calvanico – Pizzo San Michele Trail
From Piazza Conforti, pass by the arch that marks the start of the paved road to Santuario di S. Michele, which ends at Acqua Carpegna. It should be noted that 1 km along this route is an ancient mule track (trail 115A), which partially overlaps with the road. The road is also part of itinerary 116A, which then veers off towards Vallone del Faggeto and the crest of the Mai Mountains. Trail 115, meanwhile, begins a few metres beyond the arch. When the road veers to the right, continue straight ahead along a cement path.
As you travel further from the town, the path turns into a dirt track through olive groves. Having passed a small watershed, the route continues through chestnut groves up to a height of 800 m. Shortly thereafter, you will come to the first observation point on a ridge. The route continues directly uphill from here, with little or no foliage as far as 1100 m; at this point, the signs begin to point right, on level ground, as far as the Acqua Carpegna woods and Casone De Fazio, where the paved road mentioned in the general notes comes to an end (trail 115A). Take a left, and rejoin the charming mule track that formed the pilgrimage route to the shrine, along the Serrapiana slope and then directly towards the mountain (Votive Crosses; the first of these is at the site of the crossroads with trail 136, coming from the Incoronata di Torchiati shrine).
Continue beyond Acqua Carpegna for approximately 1.5 hours to the shrine at the peak (“San Michele ‘e coppa”); this is an important site in the history of the cult of St. Michael, still very much alive among the local community. One of the spaces here is always open; to access the church and the other spaces (including a kitchen), contact the Calvanico Municipal Office to request a key. The peaked shape of the mountain and its position mean that it offers extensive views of the Picentini and Alburni mountains, the Salerno Plain, Mercato San Severino and Avellino, the Lattari Mountains, Vesuvius, Partenio, Matese and beyond.
CAI Avellno e Salerno
To: Pizzo San Michele
Distance: 4,7 Km