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Stage 13 : Palinuro / Ceraso

An all in all simple stage today, with the first 13 km overlooking the sea and the following ones taking you back inland towards the small town of Ceraso. Along your route you will come across charming Pisciotta, situated on a hillside dominated by the large Palazzo Marchesale. It is worth stopping in one of its quaint little squares for a drink or stocking up on fruit at the stalls along the way before taking the Via that will take you back inland. The first town one will encounter will be Rodio, located a few kilometers from the coast as the crow flies, but surprisingly distant from it perceptually because of the Tartana, a hill that bounds to the south the narrow valley in which the town stands and closes the view to the Tyrrhenian Sea. You leave Rodio on a challenging climb that descends near a junction; from here you turn left in the direction of Catona. After passing Catona, one continues on to Terradura but even before reaching the village, the Via turns right and climbs up to the small village of Santa Barbara, built around a church attested as early as 977 and attributed to Greek monks, perhaps fleeing from medieval Velia because of malaria and fear of pirate assaults. Just a few more kilometers and you are in Ceraso, the stage’s conclusion site. The oldest part of this village is the “mpieri Ceraso” ward (at the foot of Ceraso) where the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari is also located. Other buildings of historical significance are the “Lancillotti” and “Di Lorenzo” palaces. The stage can also be ended just a couple of kilometers beyond, in the villages of Massascusa or San Biase, hamlets of Ceraso.