Monte Epomeo
Monte Epomeo
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  • Katy
    63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great physical activity with a stunning view. Know where you are going before you set out
    Amazing view, maybe don’t do it in the middle of the day heat and be sure you know where you’re going! We hiked between 2 and 3pm and it was a hot day in august! You’ll want water for sure and to stop at one of the two restaurants along the way. You also need good shoes. A few of these paths are *steep and narrow.* I am in moderately good shape (as in I eat really healthy and exercise a few times a week) and I was certainly out of breath a few times on this hike. I think I would have felt better had it not been the middle of the afternoon in the heat. I am also allergic to bees and was a bit anxious dodging them on the paths through all the woods. Going downhill was a breeze and took half the time for sure! We struggled a bit getting there so I want to try and help other travelers have a smoother experience. You are really just guessing and trying to follow signs. If you don’t speak Italian the bus system is a little confusing. You buy a ticket at a newspaper stand/tobacco shop. You are supposed to validate it by popping it in the machine when you board, although no one really seemed to care about this. There are two circuits — CS and CD — one goes clockwise and the other counter clockwise. The roads are windy and chaotic & both my husband and I got a little motion sick. We had small portable fans and used them on the bus. You need to get off at Ferrara Fontana and should tell the bus driver that specifically. You need to be proactive in getting them to stop at your location as they won’t automatically. I’m going to attach a photo of exactly where you get off the bus; it’s in front of this Jesus statue. We used Apple Maps to watch for the stop however, Apple Maps led us astray and we learned Google Maps was more accurate. Once you are off the stop, face the Jesus statue and to your right there is a paved path that should have an icon of a hiker on a sign pointing you to the path. From there, we had service and mapped our way to the first restaurant at the hikes base called La Porta di Agartha. From there, it’s maybe 25-30 minutes to the top. Just be sure to follow the signs. Ultimately, the view was worth it and I’m so glad we made the journey!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Gordon M
    Kelham, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely one of the best things to do on this Island
    Would strongly recommend this The views are absolutely stunning at the top It takes a bit of navigating on the bus routes if you have no car….but we managed it and it shouldn’t put you off. It’s about 3km total from the bus stop (which is the one by the Jesus status - google it and there’s loads of advice on how to get onto the trail). The walk up is steep - but there’s no rush. Just take your time. There’s a cafe half way up and at the top. We chose to get up early one day and although October was still hot by the time we got up there about 10am. The path is well sheltered though so although it’ll get your heart rate up and you might want a fresh t-shirt of the rest of the day….it’s magical up there
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • tripleplay97
    Leicester, United Kingdom710 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent hike - now with little museum!
    If you like hiking, this should be your second priority on the island. It's not an easy walk - quite steep at points and the final path can be extremely slippery - but well worth it if you like that sort of thing. At the start of 2024, a small museum (which wasn't mentioned anywhere I looked) has opened in the old hermitage, providing a glimpse at the life of a 15th century hermit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 February 2024
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69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
3km walk (a bit steep at times). Nice views at the top. You can do have of the route by car. There is a little restaurant/ cafe half way to the top. We walked from Fortuna (accessible by bus from Porto or Forio). There is also a path from Forio if you don't want to take the same route down.
Written 26 March 2024
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tripleplay97
Leicester, UK710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
If you like hiking, this should be your second priority on the island. It's not an easy walk - quite steep at points and the final path can be extremely slippery - but well worth it if you like that sort of thing.

At the start of 2024, a small museum (which wasn't mentioned anywhere I looked) has opened in the old hermitage, providing a glimpse at the life of a 15th century hermit.
Written 3 February 2024
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Gordon M
Kelham, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Would strongly recommend this
The views are absolutely stunning at the top

It takes a bit of navigating on the bus routes if you have no car….but we managed it and it shouldn’t put you off.

It’s about 3km total from the bus stop (which is the one by the Jesus status - google it and there’s loads of advice on how to get onto the trail).

The walk up is steep - but there’s no rush. Just take your time. There’s a cafe half way up and at the top.

We chose to get up early one day and although October was still hot by the time we got up there about 10am.

The path is well sheltered though so although it’ll get your heart rate up and you might want a fresh t-shirt of the rest of the day….it’s magical up there
Written 3 October 2023
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Katy
63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Amazing view, maybe don’t do it in the middle of the day heat and be sure you know where you’re going! We hiked between 2 and 3pm and it was a hot day in august! You’ll want water for sure and to stop at one of the two restaurants along the way. You also need good shoes. A few of these paths are *steep and narrow.* I am in moderately good shape (as in I eat really healthy and exercise a few times a week) and I was certainly out of breath a few times on this hike. I think I would have felt better had it not been the middle of the afternoon in the heat. I am also allergic to bees and was a bit anxious dodging them on the paths through all the woods. Going downhill was a breeze and took half the time for sure!

We struggled a bit getting there so I want to try and help other travelers have a smoother experience. You are really just guessing and trying to follow signs. If you don’t speak Italian the bus system is a little confusing. You buy a ticket at a newspaper stand/tobacco shop. You are supposed to validate it by popping it in the machine when you board, although no one really seemed to care about this. There are two circuits — CS and CD — one goes clockwise and the other counter clockwise. The roads are windy and chaotic & both my husband and I got a little motion sick. We had small portable fans and used them on the bus.

You need to get off at Ferrara Fontana and should tell the bus driver that specifically. You need to be proactive in getting them to stop at your location as they won’t automatically. I’m going to attach a photo of exactly where you get off the bus; it’s in front of this Jesus statue. We used Apple Maps to watch for the stop however, Apple Maps led us astray and we learned Google Maps was more accurate.

Once you are off the stop, face the Jesus statue and to your right there is a paved path that should have an icon of a hiker on a sign pointing you to the path. From there, we had service and mapped our way to the first restaurant at the hikes base called La Porta di Agartha. From there, it’s maybe 25-30 minutes to the top. Just be sure to follow the signs. Ultimately, the view was worth it and I’m so glad we made the journey!
Written 5 August 2023
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Suzanne C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Best to go when there are no cloud. It's 3km up from where the local bus drops you off at Fontana. Well worth the effort.
Written 8 May 2023
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PLSP
Switzerland92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Easy walk up (45 min - 1 hour) from Fontana bus stop. Make sure to wear sports shoes/hiking boots. Beautiful view.
Written 10 April 2023
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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Take a bus to Fontana.
It's about 45 mins to 1 hour to walk up. (I'm not young or fit so if I can do it...) Follow the signs.
It's only 3.5 km but it is up all the way. About a 250-300m climb.
Some shade and three restaurants on the way!
Amazing views (obviously) from the top. Great food in the restaurant at the top.
Written 25 October 2022
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sasha
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Go all the way to the top if you’re up for it and have sure footing! The first hill up the long concrete road is steep, flanked by lovely local plants on either side. The dirt path up the mountain is also steep and sometimes Barry, sometimes large rocks, but not impossible (I am active and strong, but am not a Cross Fit junkie, and there were a wide variety of folks at the top). The very top of the rock might be a lot for those who are afraid of heights, but there is a guard rail to hold for balance and the view is absolutely beautiful. I got a limone arance mista juice at the top restaurant and had a heart lunch / dessert at La Porta di Agartha Ristorante afterward (a bit further back down from the tip top) which I highly highly recommend. I started around 11:30am-ish and took my time, and by the time I got to Agartha restaurant it was about 1:00pm.
Written 19 June 2021
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Simon Ted
Greater London, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Well we got the bus from the main port to Serrara Fontana where there are signs saying essentially 'this way up'! If you are not wearing sturdy shoes you are buggered; if you look at my photos you will see what you are up against going up. The views when you make it are outstanding and you will heartily quaff a couple of cold ones at the bar/cafe at the top afterwards. This mountain is a 'Horst' in geology-nerdy-speak.
Written 14 December 2019
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KimM750
Exeter, UK307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As people have said before, this is quite a strenuous climb due to the steepne climb and very narrow rock gulleys, but worth it in the end! I got muddled at one sharp left bend where another track, with steps, took you up further to the right This actually only took you to the restaurant, so be warned as the steps were hard work and nearly finished my legs off!

I wouldn't try the walk after any rain as think it could be lethal on the rocks you climb over/around as well as the manmade gullies. The leaves were slippery enough.

Leisurely lunch afterwards at the wonderful Miseillo Sapori restaurant (2nd down from the top) made the experience complete - best brushcetta ever!
Written 27 October 2019
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